In response to a statewide conservation initiative, California’s Department of General Services has introduced a pilot enterprise energy management system in 65 of the buildings it manages for state government agencies. The system, developed by Power Measurement, Saanichton, B.C., Canada, and WebGen Systems, Cambridge, Mass., automates conservation efforts by monitoring and controlling power usage in each of the buildings around the clock.

As energy prices rise and conservation becomes increasingly important, the system can be expanded to include gas, water, and CO2 monitoring as well as alternative technologies like distributed generation.