DALLAS — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) has awarded a contract to TDIndustries for the implementation of a pilot program to monitor and report on electricity use in AAFES stores in the United States and abroad.
The AAFES operates convenience and big box stores on Army and Air Force military bases worldwide. Its mission is to provide quality merchandise and services to 8.7 million active duty, National Guard, reserve members, military retirees, and their family members, at uniformly low prices and to generate reasonable earnings for the support of Army morale, welfare and recreation, and Air Force services programs.
Under the contract, TDIndustries has installed utiliVisor’s web-based energy system to monitor the electrical use at AAFES facilities. These include 23 stores at 14 bases in the eastern U.S., 30 stores at 11 bases in the central region, and eight stores at five bases in the West, as well as two stores at two bases in Italy, and five stores at three bases in Germany.
The TDIndustries Operations Center, staffed with experienced energy engineers, is responsible for analyzing the electricity data from the AAFES facilities. The electricity demand and consumption at each store are measured and documented and stores similar in size and geographical area are compared against each other. Each store is included in a tailored report that includes demand, consumption, and watts per square foot. The report graphically illustrates the high electricity users which can then be prioritized for implementation of energy conservation measures (ECM).
The data derived from the monitoring will be used to confirm utility billing, since all installed electric meters are revenue grade. The analysis will also compare energy consumption before and after ECMs are undertaken for ongoing verification of energy savings. The service provides AAFES and its facility managers with instantaneous access to all current and historic energy use worldwide from a single location via the cloud.
According to Ken Scheepers, project director for TDIndustries, the utiliVisor technical platform is the key element toward enabling the AAFES to achieve its energy efficiency goals. “With end-to-end energy monitoring and performance analysis of the AAFES system, we are able to accurately track and compare electricity usage for each store,” he said. “This will enable the TDI/utiliVisor Operations Center to recommend which facilities need to take corrective actions and to determine if those measures are indeed working as anticipated.”
For more information about TDIndustries, visit www.tdindustries.com.
For more information about utiliVisor, visit www.utilivisor.com.
Publication date: 11/3/2014