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EDI-Net Report Summary

Project ID: 695916
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EDI-Net (EDI-NET – The Energy Data Innovation Network; using smart meter data, campaigns and networking to increase the capacity of public authorities to implement sustainable energy policy)

Reporting period: 2016-03-01 to 2017-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The Energy Data Innovation Network (EDI-Net) will use smart energy and water meter data to accelerate the implementation of EU sustainable energy policy. It will do this by increasing the capacity of EU public authorities to act quickly and decisively. This capacity will be increased by the provision of just the right amount of intelligible information, by targeted training, by exchange of experiences of public authorities, by provision of tools and support, to implement and monitor their sustainable energy plans.
The core of EDI-NET is the analysis of smart meter data from buildings, from renewable energy systems and from building energy management systems (BEMS) using Big Data analytic technologies. The attractive fruit around this core is an online forum to spread knowledge and facilitate exchange of experience and best practice through peer to peer education in a friendly and useful way. The tree that supports and ripens the fruit is the existing European network of Climate Alliance that builds the capacity of EU public authorities to more effectively implement sustainable energy policies. We recognise the smart meter data, by themselves, will not implement sustainable energy policy. However, when combined with on-line discussion forum, local campaigns, awareness raising and peer to peer knowledge transfer it can achieve savings of between 5 and 15 percent; at least 16 GWh/yr, worth over 1.5 M€.

Objective 1: To enable public authorities to spread knowledge of the potential to use information from smart energy and water meter data to:
• rapidly identify renewable energy supply and energy saving opportunities in their buildings
• more accurately represent energy and water budgets to financial managers to help motivate people to save energy
• Compare the performance of their buildings with similar buildings in other EU member states to help energy managers share best practice.
• analyse the potential sustainable energy investment opportunities.
The dashboard and benchmarking tools enable public authorities to use information from smart energy and water meter data. The dashboard tool allows public authorities to view their smart water and energy meter data very easily. The benchmarking tool to record and evaluate investment in sustainable energy.

Objective 2: To enable public authorities to engage more effectively with their building users/managers to promote sustainable energy to:
• establish an on-line forum to exchange information about energy and water use in buildings and share best practice
• quantify renewable energy supply in buildings increased knowledge of building users through peer to peer education
An online forum enables public authorities to engage more effectively with their building users and building managers to promote sustainable energy. The forum allows public authorities to create private areas to have conversations with their users, as well as join public conversations that take place across public authorities and across Europe.

Objective 3: To enable public authorities to deliver sustainable energy policy more effectively by the:
• implementation of energy efficiency directive
• implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans, local Climate Protection Plans and energy Efficiency Directive, through
o monitoring, benchmarking and exchange of good practice amongst public authorities
o identifying other potential uses for energy and water meter data
o feedback from users to develop new opportunities for the information from half hourly meter readings
The dashboard and benchmarking tools enable public authorities to more effectively deliver against their obligations of the Energy Efficiency Directive, Sustainable Energy Action Plans and Climate Protection Plans. Public authorities have recognised that the energy and water meter data, graphed against the historical trends and communicated using the smiley faces, is very useful at identifying malfunctioning and faulty equipment

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The core of the EDI-Net approach revolves around four key elements:
• a dashboard tool, where smart energy and water meter data are displayed in a number of user friendly formats
• a benchmarking tool, where buildings and energy efficiency measures data are displayed
• a forum, where the four user groups can interact with one another
• a set of training materials to allow public authorities to use the EDI-Net tools
The EDI-Net project delivery has two key parts - developing and adapting the tools to meet the needs of the partner public authorities, then extending the services to new partner public authorities, supporting them and evaluating their use of the new tools to help implement EU energy and climate policy.
The project has adapted the existing CIMNE and DMU energy analysis systems, developing a new offering that suits the requirements of the public authorities, ensuring that the resulting services are replicable in order to facilitate future exploitation. This new approach has then been tested with our three pilot public authorities (Generalitat de Catalunya, City of Leicester and Stadt Nurnberg) to ensure that they meet the needs of the authorities. Training and support materials have been developed to assist public authorities to get the most out of the services, allowing them to participate effectively in the project. New public authorities are now being recruited and provided with support and training. Work has started on plans for extending the service beyond the end of the project, based on the project’s experience with the new public authorities. The progress made by the project is being evaluated. This includes attitudinal changes at the individual level, changes to energy and water consumption, and changes at the institutional level. Finally, dissemination and communication activities are taking place in order to increase the impact of the project.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

"EDI-Net will innovate (beyond the state of the art), by enabling comparative analysis of the performance of similar buildings types using smart meter data. It will produce an impact by building local capacity for sustainable development policy implementation by means of making the information intelligible and relevant to public authority policy makers and thus facilitating the work of proactive energy managers and maintenance staff. It will deliver this via workshops and online support to EU public authorities via the existing Climate Alliance Network. This approach has three main outputs: (a) the user interface with public authority buildings, (b) the online forum, and (c) the networking activities. These are being ""rolled out"" to other public authorities in the next reporting period."

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