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Advanced power meters like this one installed at a facility on Redstone Arsenal, Ala. have been monitoring energy use around the U.S. Army for some time. The Army Metering Program recently earned network certification for systems that will allow these meters to report their data across the service's enterprise network.

Advanced power meters like this one installed at a facility on Redstone Arsenal, Ala. have been monitoring energy use around the U.S. Army for some time. The Army Metering Program recently earned network certification for systems that will allow these meters to report their data across the service's enterprise network. (Photo by courtesy photo)

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Posted 6/27/2012

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By James Campbell
U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center Huntsville


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  The Enterprise Energy Data Reporting System received notice May 23 that systems from Honeywell Inc., of Morristown, N.J., and Tridium Inc., of Richmond, Va., were approved as network- worthy, joining configurations from Johnson Controls Inc., of Huntsville, Ala., and Quark Communications, Inc., of Cardiff, Calif., said John Trudell, Huntsville Center Meter Data Management Systems program manager.

The certification allows energy managers, Departments of Public Works and other facility managers to continue toward their mandate to record and report energy use, Trudell said.

Thousands of advanced metering systems have been installed across the Army since 2008, and many are reporting locally. The more complex task of certifying these systems to work across the service's enterprise network will eventually allow for Army-wide reporting and diagnostics, Trudell said.

Recent developments include an urgent push for network certification from an Army Executive Order in 2011 that directs existing, Army-wide metering efforts to earn network certification and identifies U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the program manager.

The Army Central Metering Program aims to meet requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 by providing customers with a centralized view of energy and water consumption and energy efficiency and management.

Testing of two other configurations is expected to be complete by October.