Duke Energy provides the solution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) facility at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina is the agency’s major center for air pollution research and regulation. With 1.2 million square feet for laboratories, computing facilities and offices, it is the largest facility ever designed and built by the EPA. To lead by example, the EPA designed the complex — which was completed in 2001 — to operate with sustainable building practices, including energy efficiency. “The key to energy efficiency is having the right information,” says Sam Pagán, the facility’s energy director. “Our plans called for a unified system to monitor and meter all of our energy use, and we tried numerous vendors and technologies. Duke Energy was the only company to come up with and deliver a viable solution — a Web-based system that monitors in real time how much water, natural gas, fuel oil and electricity we are using. We now have the mechanism to better manage our annual energy needs and save the EPA considerable energy dollars.”
SAM PAGÁN IS DIRECTOR OF THE ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION STAFF AT THE EPA’S RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK FACILITY IN NORTH CAROLINA. THE SPRAWLING COMPLEX OF LABS, OFFICES, AND COMPUTING FACILITIES USES AN ENERGY-MONITORING SOLUTION CREATED BY DUKE ENERGY.