The New OEIS is Available!
First Release of the Newly Redesigned OEIS

The UCF Department of Utilities and Energy Services is proud to announce the first release of the newly redesigned OEIS!

What is OEIS?

The first rendition of the Open Energy Information System, or OEIS, was first released over 13 years ago. With lofty goals of being a low cost, fully featured alternative to the energy information systems commercially available at the time, the project was a resounding success. Data collected by OEIS was used for years to target potential energy savings projects, and measure over $23 million of realized savings from project energy reduction.

Why the change?

When discussing technology, 13 years is an exceptionally long time, and the ages the technologies behind OEIS were beginning to show at all levels of the system design.

With newer smart meter and building technologies, many of the laborious processes of data collection now come built-in, but there was no way to take advantage of these new features given the former strict method of collection.

What’s new?

  • Data collection has been separated from the visualization component of OEIS.
  • Buildings:
    • Additional building information is being stored, such as building type and area, for more advanced analytics.
    • Monthly data is displayed by year, grouped by the same month categories.
    • Summaries show change in energy compared to the same month last year, the past 12 months, and last year.
    • Charts can be interacted with to show specific chart values, hide series, change date ranges, and more.
  • NEW Production:
    • Added campus production/procurement summaries.
  • NEW Projects:
    • Shows each energy savings project.
    • Aggregates savings by project.
  • NEW LEED Buildings
    • Lists all LEED Certified, or registered projects.
  • NEW Blogs
    • Highlights more details about OEIS as development progresses
    • Provide educational information about energy management
    • Showcase how OEIS is making a difference at UCF

What’s next?

  • Improve the user experience (UX) – First and foremost, OEIS is an engineering tool, but that doesn’t mean it has to look like one.
  • Dynamic Charting – automatically aggregate data when larger spans of time are selected, toggle grouping, and more.
  • More Visualization Options – Add new visualizations to focus on areas needing attention.
  • Options for common scientific, as well as concrete, easy to understand, equivalent units (cost, tons of CO2, average homes, etc.)
  • Download Data– We get many requests for data, and would like to provide as much as possible to the UCF community in many common formats.
  • Projects – Add project descriptions, visualization of savings, automatically run all phases of measurement and verification when given project details.
  • LEED Buildings – Add description of building features applied to LEED certification and details of credits achieved.
  • Rate Generator – Currently cost data is only imported monthly based on utility bills.