Open EE Meter

February 7, 2016

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I heard about this project at work a few months ago and promptly checked out a copy and worked through the tutorial.  I was very happy to learn about it because it sounds like a great idea, and it is written in python, the language I’ve been using the most in recent years.  And I love python.

The promise of Open EE Meter is pretty compelling: a standard way to calculate energy saved, or negawatts, for individual accounts against a baseline that is somehow calculated from an aggregate set.  Since the data and the code are all open, this can be verified by any players at all: individuals, businesses, government agencies, utilities, etc.

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So Monday night, my husband and I went to this meetup.  It was a lot of fun, and we learned some things, but I did not get the two practical bits that I was hoping for.

First, I want a better understanding of how it actually works.  How is the baseline calculated, and how is the set of data selected?  The very entertaining speaker (Matt Gee) did cover this but not in a way that I could understand that quickly.  Second, I want to know how to play with this with my own Green Button data.

oeem3Since the new Share my data option on my PG&E account has Open Energy Efficiency as one of the choices, I enabled that sharing, just to see what would happen, if anything.  But what I really want to do is figure out how to pull my own data and build my own meter.  Probably I need to dig a bit deeper than the tutorial.

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