Power was cut to large areas of the North Island on Tuesday 13th December 2011 by a fault at the 1448 MW Huntly power station. While the cause of the problem is not known (at the time of this news item) its effect was widely felt by power being suddenly disconnected to more than 200,000 consumers in areas from Wellington to Auckland and further north. The incident triggered load shedding to retain the balance between generation and demand and to protect the national grid from collapse.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has recently installed a Quasar energy management system in their Wellington offices, to demonstrate the value of monitoring energy use. The system features an energy monitoring display using PowerLogic ION Enterprise software, which gathers, analyses, stores and displays all energy data in a user-friendly format.
The display provides an easy, cost-effective way of tracking energy use in the offices and saves on administrative costs as no manual meter reading is involved. It has also been tailored to allow EECA to compare energy use between its two different office floors.
Mike Underhill, Chief Executive, says the system allows EECA to identify opportunities to refine existing energy saving measures and demonstrate the potential for improving energy use in an office environment.
“The energy monitoring display has enabled EECA to identify a series of small improvements that combined add-up to a noticeable saving year on year.
The project also provides a valuable demonstration model that can be viewed by commercial building owners or tenants.”
Anyone interested in viewing the system should contact Senior Relationship Manager Mike Bourke at EECA, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (04) 470 2227.
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