This report was authored by Tony Hunt, in 2021 and modified and published by Schneider Electric in October 2022. Most public, commercial, and industrial buildings are not energy efficient, representing an enormous untapped potential for decarbonization and sustainability efforts, as well as utility bill savings. Power digitalization plays a foundational role in active energy management and efficient facility operations. For existing buildings, this can be done by retrofitting electrical systems with smart devices and using energy and power management software that improves energy efficiency and reduces risk. This power digitalization investment helps facility management and maintenance personnel make better decisions, resolve issues more quickly, minimize downtime, and use less energy. In this paper, power digitalization for buildings is defined, and achieving power digitalization is based on connecting smart sensors and communicating devices to EPMS software and consists of three basic steps: Connect – Automate – Extend.
Keywords: Building Retrofits, Cloud & Data Analytics, Energy Efficiency/Management, Intelligent Building, Internet of Things (IoT), Large Building Controls/Automation, System Integrator, Zero Net Energy, EPMS, BMS, Cloud, Schneider, Digitalization