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AEI Soft Start®

Don't have an energy management system at your facility? Not a problem, you can still get started and have basic building energy intelligence within the next 7 days.

With your signature on a Utility data release form, AEI Soft Start delivers immediate insight into your building's current energy usage just by looking at the interval data captured by your utility providers(1). You might think there's not a lot to learn from just the main meter data, but you'd be surprised. We can quickly answer a wide range of questions:

  • Weather correlation: Is your facility controlling to outside air temperatures during the heating and cooling seasons? How well?
  • Base load: With 24-hour profiles, how well does your building setback during the unoccupied hours?
  • Plug Load: After accounting for weather, how do the projected plug and security light loads compare to the base load?
  • Year over year, period over period, seasonal comparisons: With two or more years of data normalized for weather, did your energy usage go up or down compared to previous years? What's the trend?
  • Peak demand: This nasty little extra on your utility bill is probably tied to a specific hour in the billing period where coincident demands of HVAC and other  equipment drove your utility load well above average.
  • Multiple buildings? We identify outliers in terms of Energy Usage Intensity (EUI). How do your buildings compare to each other and to similar building types in the region?

An AEI Soft Start can easily pay for itself in the first year by showing peak demand reduction opportunities.

A standard feature of an AEI Soft Start is to deliver a peak demand reduction schedule which - when combined with your utility billing parameters - can tell you the billing effect for small reductions in peak demands each month. Recognizing that building comfort is always a critical factor, our schedules show the affected number of hours for incremental reductions in demand.

An AEI Soft Start review is the most economic way to get started with building data analytics. It delivers broad insight across your portfolio, and is an excellent way to help decide where to look next on your quest for tuned buildings and lower energy costs. Pricing for AEI Soft Start is per Utility account and comes with steep discounting for multi-building portfolios with large square footage. The larger the portfolio, the faster the payback. Contact us for more information.


An AEI Soft Start works with your existing utility "EPO" data available from Energy Profiler Online. If your facility is on a time-of-use ("TOU") rate schedule with NationalGrid or Eversource, this data is available to you on an annual basis at no cost. For best results, we recommend the monthly subscription fee paid to your utility so that an AEI Soft Start analytics stay updated and can show monthly changes in your usage patterns on a more timely basis.

For facilities that are not on a TOU schedule, we recommend our AEI Soft Start Real-Time solution which goes beyond what EPO data can deliver. You'll get real-time main meter reporting that can be combined with AEI ISO Alerts to give you real-time insight into peak demand situations on the grid as well as your specific facility.

AEI Soft Start is also compatible with our AEI Energy Map. For portfolios of 10 or more facilities, an AEI Energy Map gives you a map-based overview of your portfolio, along with an entry point into the details for each building in your portfolio.

(1) The availability of interval data from your electric utility depends on the rate schedule for the facility. Only rate schedules with "time-of-use" billing will have this data. In the ISO New England service area, Eversource B-2 and B-7 schedules will have interval data. National Grid G-3 has interval data, but G-2 does not. To remedy the absence of interval data, please see our AEI Soft Start Real-Time solution.


Spoiler Alert! New AEI Energy Maps Coming Soon

Posting soon - AEI will be posting public access Energy Maps for San Francisco, Huntington Beach, and New Orleans in the coming days and weeks. Stay tuned!

AEI Featured on Energy Matters 2U Podcast

AEI was recently featured along with Leidos on an Energy Matters 2U Podcast. During the 20 minute conversation, Carl Popolo of AEI and Ron Gillooly, Leidos' Industrial Energy Program Director, discussed how a building's energy data profile combines with a physical audit to target efficiency measures that have specific and verifiable results.

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AEI To Provide Energy Maps to U.S. DOE Better Communities Alliance

AEI is pleased to have been selected as an Affiliate to the U.S. Department of Energy Better Communities® Alliance. AEI is committed to provide its Energy Map solutions to selected partners from a list of 40 noteworthy cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco.

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AEI Selected as MHEC Supplier

June 29, 2017 -- Carlisle, MA -- AEI has been selected as a Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) supplier to provide Facility Maintenance and Energy Assessment Software to MHEC members through June 2020. The letter from MHEC reads: "Your bid response was evaluated and determined to be the most responsible and responsive bid that offered best value to MHEC members".

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Whole-Portfolio Real-Time Main Metering

AEI brings to market a whole-portfolio real-time main meter view of cities, towns and campuses by combining our AEI Soft Start Real-Time technology with our proven Energy Map visualization platform.

For the energy manager who needs to see energy use across the entire building stock in real-time, this affordable solution shadows the utility main meter, requires no BAS integration, feeds upstream applications such as kiosks, and gives the manager real-time insight into demand response opportunities on their own terms. With 1-minute resolution, rolling profiles and SMS and E-Mail alerts, this integrated solution can also help control billing-period peak usage. It's completely incorporated into our Energy Map platform for exploring historical usage, and that means one-stop-shopping for your energy team to study utility trends, track sustainability goals, and to know your real-time position for social awareness and real-time response.

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The Bigger Apple: City of New York Energy Map

Building on our work last year to deliver an Energy Map of the City of Boston, we figured we should demonstrate a little scalability and bite on something bigger. The result is our City of New York Energy Map that combines data from the PLUTO and LL84 disclosure reporting datasets and shows electricity, natural gas, oil, steam and water consumption for over 13,000 properties with a combined GSF of over 1.8 billion ft2. The data includes GHG emissions, and for most properties we're able to show trends since 2011.

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Are your buildings running efficiently? Let's look at the data and prove it to the managers who pay the utility bills. Efficiency problems? Download the AEI Commissioning Services brochure to see how we can help.