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Texas State Overhauling Energy Management

Texas State University-San Marcos will go live with a new energy management program this fall. The move is designed to improve reporting, benchmarking, and measurement while also speeding data entry and auditing.

Texas State adopted EnergyCAP, an energy management suite that provides management capabilities designed specifically for large organizations, including benchmarking, meter tracking, bill audits, forecasts, automated report distribution, contract administration, dashboards, project tracking, compliance reporting, and electronic billing, among other features. It's in use by 100 colleges and universities, according to the company, including two statewide systems: the State University of New York and the University of California.

The implementation at Texas State will cover 60 buildings and about 500 meters.

"After extensive research, we concluded the total energy management software package in EnergyCAP would meet our needs and goals," said Brittany McCullar, utilities analyst in the Facilities Department's Utilities Operations at Texas State. "It will bring immediate benefits for automating our data entry and audit process with sophisticated benchmarking, reporting, and project measurement and verification tools. We are very excited to add another tool to provide sustainable utility management improvement for our University."

EnergyCAP reported that the acquisition piggybacked on another acquisition within the Texas State University system, so the "entire process from research to acquisition took less than three months."

According to Texas State, the new program will go live in September, with project completion expected in October.

Texas State University-San Marcos serves about 34,000 undergraduate and graduate students on a 457-acre main campus with 5,038 additional acres used for agriculture, recreation, and instruction.

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