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== Background ==
  
== The Project ==
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The Energy Monitoring station at Humboldt State University (HSU)<ref>
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http://www.humboldt.edu/
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</ref> in California
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, started in December 2008 where one of the many projects under the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF)<ref>http://www.humboldt.edu/~heif</ref>. This on-going project is responsible for collecting, analyzing and publishing specific energy usage for campus and community use. The idea was created after a program that was similar to UC Davis'<ref>http://facilities.ucdavis.edu/Dashboard/ </ref> energy monitoring system, where their information is about specific building energy usage. This information has a variety of uses which may result in less electricity use by Humboldt State University. Previously the information was thought that the electric and gas meters installed throughout the campus were not monitored by any outside sources. With the proposal of this project, it turns out that the information was collectively stored within the meters without anyone knowing this fact.  However the information was kept in a log book in HSU's Plant Operations, so that data was not available for student use.
  
The Energy Monitoring station here at Humboldt State University<ref>
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=== Possible Benefits of Accessible Data ===
http://www.humboldt.edu/
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[[Image:Campus Energy Monitoring Color.jpg|2)Here is a flow chart of what the data is going to go through|thumb|right|400px]]
, is one of the many projects under the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund(HEIF)<ref>http://www.humboldt.edu/~heif</ref>,  which is responsible for collecting, analyzing and publishing specific energy usage for campus and community use. The idea was created after a program that was similar to UC Davis'<ref>http://facilities.ucdavis.edu/Dashboard/ </ref> energy monitoring system, where their information is about specific building energy usage. This information has a variety of uses which may result in less electricity use by Humboldt State University. Previously the information was thought that the electric and gas meters installed throughout the campus were not monitored by any outside sources. With the proposal of this project, it turns out that the information was collectively stored within the meters without anyone knowing this fact.  However the information was kept in a log book in HSU's Plant Operations, so that data was not available for student use.
 
  
=== Uses  ===
 
[[Image:Campus Energy Monitoring.jpg|Here is a flow chart of what the data is going to go through|thumb|right|465px]]
 
  
 
Here are some proposed uses for the complied and analyzed energy data:<ref>
 
Here are some proposed uses for the complied and analyzed energy data:<ref>
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*educating the HSU community about building energy efficiency and conservation<br>  
 
*educating the HSU community about building energy efficiency and conservation<br>  
 
*planning, maintenance, and operational decision-making by Plant Operations<br>
 
*planning, maintenance, and operational decision-making by Plant Operations<br>
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The flowchart on the right shows where the information goes before it gets compiled.
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== The Internship  ==
 
== The Internship  ==
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[[Image:Air_Blower_Test.JPG|3)Nathan Chase checks the output of a blower door test in ENGR 473 Building Energy Analysis (spring 2009)|thumb|left|370px]]
  
The main goal of the intern is, at a minimum, to collect and compile gas and electric data form the various building on campus. The intern would also encouraged to attend outreach activities to get the information to staff, students and members of the community. Energy data is critical for [[HSU]] staff, faculty and students, however it is currently collected in an ad hoc fashion. This happens because there is no set time that it is collected, only when ever someone accesses the Energy Monitoring System. Only students would be eligible for hiring as the energy monitoring intern. The intern does not have to have set work hours, they can be completed when ever the student has time in between classes and other commitments. The current intern (Nathan Chase) is creating a program that will compile the information into an excel spreadsheet.
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The primary goal of the intern is to collect and compile gas and electric data form various buildings on campus. Energy data is critical for [[HSU]] staff, faculty and students, however it is currently collected in an ad hoc fashion. This type of accumulation happens due to the fact that there is no set time in which it's collected, only when ever someone accesses the Energy Monitoring System(EMS). Students interested in the energy monitoring internship may be eligible for the hiring process and is not required to have set work hours. The student may complete their submission whenever the student has availability within their school schedule or other previous engagements.  
 
 
 
=== Duties  ===
 
=== Duties  ===
  
Be sure to read all editing codes, including W1. You could use "The intern is not responsible for community outreach" instead of "does not do much". Again this paragraph needs more work with transitions between sentences. You switch from Nathan, to HEIF back to Nathan again.
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The intern is responsible for collecting the data that the EMS collects and putting this data in an understandable form. The current intern, Nathan Chase, is not responsible for community outreach because the program, Green Campus, has more experience communicating to the community and educating students here on campus about energy efficiency. Green Campus<ref>
 
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http://www.humboldt.edu/~greenhsu/cms/
The intern is responsible for collecting the data that the EMS collects and putting it in an understandable form. The current intern has not done any work with community programs because Green Campus does and has more experience with community outreach. Green Campus is a grass roots program that works to try to develop energy awareness among the community. One of the projects that HEIF does to raise energy awareness is to have a building energy competition, to see which building is using more energy. Some of the goals which Nathan hopes to complete are; <br>  
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</ref> is a grass roots program that works to develop energy awareness amongst the community. One of the projects that HEIF is currently doing, is to raise energy awareness by having a building energy competition, to see which building is using the least amount of energy across campus. Some of the goals to which Nathan hopes to accomplish are; <br>  
  
*Create a new website for HEIF with better design and layout.<br>  
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*Creating a new website for HEIF with a better design and layout.<br>  
 
*Code a program to disseminate the raw energy data.<br>
 
*Code a program to disseminate the raw energy data.<br>
  
 
=== Requirements  ===
 
=== Requirements  ===
  
Avoid second person (you). ... "and have the technical qualifications which can be gained from completing ENGR 473". Again, you are switching tense between past and present. I encourage you to have a paragraph where all you talk about is what the current intern, Nathan Chase is doing... Another paragraph which discusses Duties in general and another that discusses Requirements in general.
 
  
To be eligible for the Campus Energy Monitoring internship, you have to attend Humboldt State University and have the technical qualifications which can be gained from completing ENGR 473. The hiring process to become the intern is a creative job description about what the intern whats to do with the job and then submits it to Plant Ops. Nathan Chase says that on the day to day basis he had to sort out the raw data and understand how to navigate a computer. To get hired Nathan had to have skills with;<br>  
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To be eligible for the Campus Energy Monitoring internship, the requirements are to attend Humboldt State University and have the technical qualifications by completing the ENGR. 473 course here at Humboldt State. Then the hiring process into becoming the intern, is to have a creative job description about what the intern plans to do with the job and then submit their resume to Plant Ops. Nathan Chase says, on a day to day basis, he had to sort out raw data and understand how to navigate a computer. To qualify for the internship position, Nathan must have these skills prior to the position such as;<br>  
  
 
*Building retrofits  
 
*Building retrofits  
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*Energy Retrofits
 
*Energy Retrofits
  
== Other HEIF Energy Projects  ==
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I am not sure this information is useful here. You can refer to HEIF at the beginning of your document.
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=== Current Intern ===
  
One of the goals of the HEIF campus Energy monitoring is to make it easier to get find energy data on the different buildings so that energy projects and be more effective. To get a project accepted by HEIF one has to submit a project proposal to the HEIF board and then get a majority vote. The HEIF board is a majority of students. Any proposals that HEIF gets are broken into two categories;
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The internship position is currently filled by Nathan Chase, an HSU student here on campus. Right now, Nathan is in the progress of developing a program that uses the data presented by the EMS, and transferring the data into a readable excel spreadsheet. During this progress, Nathan encountered a problem with accessing files held by the HSU Plant Operations <ref> http://www.humboldt.edu/~plantops</ref> in which all the information was kept locked under the main server. Once completed with the program, the data will be more accessible to viewers in need of this information.
  
=== Generation  ===
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With Nathan's continued effort to sort out the raw data, there is no tangible data available to the public to view. As of yet, there has been no reduction in energy usage or comparisons, due to the fact that the data has yet to be compiled and analyzed.
 
 
Generation includes any proposal to create electricity, projects that fall into this category are;<br>
 
 
 
*Gym and J Co-generation Units
 
*Art Buildings Photo-Voltic system
 
 
 
=== Efficiency  ===
 
 
 
Efficiency programs are anything that reduces the amount of energy a building intakes.
 
 
 
*One of the projects is changing the lights in the library for more efficiency lights.
 
 
 
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== Beth's Comments ==
 
 
 
*L1 - See C12 Starting with a small flow chart is not that compelling. You could have a photo of students completing an energy audit. Start with a sentence that summarizes the purpose of your page.
 
*Your page has an international audience. Imagine someone from Japan reading your page. You need to put HSU and HEIF in context.
 
*Your heading in your list of Contents needs to be more specific so someone can learn about the project by just reading the headings.
 
*Review other HEIF related appropedia pages to get an idea.
 
*You need significant assistance with your writing. Be sure to work with folks at the writing center and with your instructors. Have friends read your page and suggest improvements.
 
*Your first paragraph under "The Project" requires significant revision.
 
*The list under "Uses" is good. Where did you get the list? Be sure to cite sources
 
*Be sure to read C9
 
*You do need some images. You could include photos of Nathan working. The captions can help tell the story.
 
*It is hard to know how much of this project is supposed to be about the internship itself, or the campus monitoring effort.
 
*Your peer editors have some excellent suggestions for additional content and for organizing your existing content. Why did not not take their advice?
 
*Be sure to get help with this project.
 
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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[[Category:Humboldt_Energy_Independence_Fund]] [[Category:Engr115_Intro_to_Engineering]]
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Image Sources:<br>
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1)Peter Johnstone <br>
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2)Nathan Gates <br>
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3)Peter Johnstone <br>
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[[Category:Humboldt_Energy_Independence_Fund]]  
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[[Category:Engr115_Intro_to_Engineering]]
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[[Category:Energy conservation]]

Latest revision as of 01:19, 6 February 2010

1)ENGR 473 students investigate the air handling units for the Natural Resources Building in preparation for a full scale energy audit and energy retrofit modeling project. (spring 2009)

Background[edit]

The Energy Monitoring station at Humboldt State University (HSU)[1] in California , started in December 2008 where one of the many projects under the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF)[2]. This on-going project is responsible for collecting, analyzing and publishing specific energy usage for campus and community use. The idea was created after a program that was similar to UC Davis'[3] energy monitoring system, where their information is about specific building energy usage. This information has a variety of uses which may result in less electricity use by Humboldt State University. Previously the information was thought that the electric and gas meters installed throughout the campus were not monitored by any outside sources. With the proposal of this project, it turns out that the information was collectively stored within the meters without anyone knowing this fact. However the information was kept in a log book in HSU's Plant Operations, so that data was not available for student use.

Possible Benefits of Accessible Data[edit]

2)Here is a flow chart of what the data is going to go through


Here are some proposed uses for the complied and analyzed energy data:[4]

  • developing baseline energy consumption estimates across campus
  • identifying candidate buildings in need of more detailed evaluation
  • prioritizing energy efficiency projects by their relative impact on energy use
  • providing critical quantitative inputs for future HEIF proposals
  • monitoring and quantitatively assessing the impact of energy efficiency retrofits and
  • outreach programs funded by HEIF
  • educating the HSU community about building energy efficiency and conservation
  • planning, maintenance, and operational decision-making by Plant Operations

The flowchart on the right shows where the information goes before it gets compiled.


The Internship[edit]

3)Nathan Chase checks the output of a blower door test in ENGR 473 Building Energy Analysis (spring 2009)

The primary goal of the intern is to collect and compile gas and electric data form various buildings on campus. Energy data is critical for HSU staff, faculty and students, however it is currently collected in an ad hoc fashion. This type of accumulation happens due to the fact that there is no set time in which it's collected, only when ever someone accesses the Energy Monitoring System(EMS). Students interested in the energy monitoring internship may be eligible for the hiring process and is not required to have set work hours. The student may complete their submission whenever the student has availability within their school schedule or other previous engagements.

Duties[edit]

The intern is responsible for collecting the data that the EMS collects and putting this data in an understandable form. The current intern, Nathan Chase, is not responsible for community outreach because the program, Green Campus, has more experience communicating to the community and educating students here on campus about energy efficiency. Green Campus[5] is a grass roots program that works to develop energy awareness amongst the community. One of the projects that HEIF is currently doing, is to raise energy awareness by having a building energy competition, to see which building is using the least amount of energy across campus. Some of the goals to which Nathan hopes to accomplish are;

  • Creating a new website for HEIF with a better design and layout.
  • Code a program to disseminate the raw energy data.

Requirements[edit]

To be eligible for the Campus Energy Monitoring internship, the requirements are to attend Humboldt State University and have the technical qualifications by completing the ENGR. 473 course here at Humboldt State. Then the hiring process into becoming the intern, is to have a creative job description about what the intern plans to do with the job and then submit their resume to Plant Ops. Nathan Chase says, on a day to day basis, he had to sort out raw data and understand how to navigate a computer. To qualify for the internship position, Nathan must have these skills prior to the position such as;

  • Building retrofits
  • Programing background
  • Energy Retrofits



Current Intern[edit]

The internship position is currently filled by Nathan Chase, an HSU student here on campus. Right now, Nathan is in the progress of developing a program that uses the data presented by the EMS, and transferring the data into a readable excel spreadsheet. During this progress, Nathan encountered a problem with accessing files held by the HSU Plant Operations [6] in which all the information was kept locked under the main server. Once completed with the program, the data will be more accessible to viewers in need of this information.

With Nathan's continued effort to sort out the raw data, there is no tangible data available to the public to view. As of yet, there has been no reduction in energy usage or comparisons, due to the fact that the data has yet to be compiled and analyzed.

References[edit]

Image Sources:
1)Peter Johnstone
2)Nathan Gates
3)Peter Johnstone