Miami-Dade County to save $2 million on energy by launching a new utility billing management system
(MIAMI, September 25, 2013) – Miami-Dade County launched EnergyCAP, a new energy management software which quantifies the County’s electricity consumption and associated costs. EnergyCAP enables the County to measure, manage, and monitor the performance of more than 1,500 facilities, including Miami International Airport, PortMiami, 70 fire stations, 100 parks, and other public facilities with over 4,500 electrical meters. By making this change in its utility bill processing system, Miami-Dade County is now on track to save $2 million in annual utility spending, representing two percent of the County’s annual electricity expenses. Additional savings are achieved through invoice processing automation, estimated at three to 10 dollars per invoice.
County leaders saw the value of providing Miami-Dade with a single utility bill management software platform while contributing towards the County’s electricity reduction targets, supporting the County’s Electricity Master Plan and the County’s sustainability plan GreenPrint. For this reason on October 17, 2011, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez created an interdepartmental team, the Utility Billing Management Working Group (UBMWG), to spearhead this major energy efficiency project under the leadership of the Office of Sustainability and key support from Internal Services Department and Information Technology Department. Key goals of the project included converting processing of all Florida Power & Light (FPL) utility bills to Electronic Data Interchange processing, reducing countywide energy utility bill costs, improving utility bill auditing/accountability, and improving utility bill management efficiency.
“I am proud of the members of the Utility Billing Management Working Group who have worked on the deployment of this solution that will help our tax payers save nearly $2 million per year. This is the kind of ingenuity, efficiency and fiscal responsibility that our County staff is taking to help make Miami-Dade one of the top communities to live and visit,” said Mayor Gimenez.
Today, Miami-Dade County has successfully implemented a streamlined and standardized bill review and payments process and an electricity master plan involving every County department.
For a solution to take hold, the County needed a way to benchmark buildings and gather reliable data that could demonstrate the savings from special energy management projects. EnergyCAP not only fit the bill, but also met a challenging list of selection criteria, including a proven track record in utility management, multiple implementations of clients comparable in size and scope to Miami-Dade, and integration options for the County’s website.
Members of the Miami-Dade County Utility Billing Management Working Group are:
- Sustainability, Regulatory and Economic Resources Department
- Internal Services Department
- Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department
- Miami-Dade Aviation Department
- Public Works Department
- Information Technology Department
- Finance Department
For more details about Miami-Dade’s savings, please read the case study http://www.energycap.com/media/products/miamiDadeCounty-1.1.pdf
For information on Miami-Dade County’s Green Print initiative visit http://www.miamidade.gov/greenprint/home.asp.
With online and installed software for organizations of any size, EnergyCAP delivers powerful energy and greenhouse gas tracking, utility bill processing, reporting, analyzing, and benchmarking. An ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Company and industry leader for over 30 years, EnergyCAP provides implementation, training, bill processing, and support services. The website is www.EnergyCAP.com.
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