Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS)

An Energy Management Information System (EMIS) is a performance management system that enables individuals and organizations to plan, make decisions and take effective action to manage energy use and costs.

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It makes energy performance visible to different levels of the organization, by converting energy & utility driver data at energy account centres into energy performance information using performance equations that are compared with dynamic energy targets.

Consult NRCan’s EMIS handbook to learn about all aspects of an EMIS.

EMIS Implementation

There are three phases to developing an EMIS.

Phase 1: EMIS Audit
Phase 2: Implementation Plan
Phase 3: Implementation

Consult the EMIS Planning Manual and Tool and accompanying spreadsheets for a detailed approach to EMIS implementation.

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Phase 1: EMIS Audit

The EMIS audit process will help your organization assess its current energy use, identify gaps and make recommendations, by following in an in-depth 8-step approach. More importantly, it will help you determine whether there is a financial case for EMIS.

Use the sample worksheet to help develop your business case.

Phase 2: Implementation Plan

This phase presents accurate costs for implementation and details the scope of the project and the resources needed by the organization to manage it. It also provides a schedule to implement and manage an EMIS.

Consult the EMIS Planning Manual and Tool for instructions and tools to help develop your implementation plan.

Phase 3: Implementation

The implementation phase allows your organization to make continuous energy efficiency improvements. Once all aspects of your plan are implemented, your EMIS will:

  • Gather information on energy consumption;
  • Gather information on the useful outputs derived from the consumption of energy;
  • Gather information on any other factors that may influence energy consumption;
  • Contain analysis routines to allow for a comparison between energy consumption and utility drivers;
  • Build and display energy performance reports

For more information, consult the EMIS Planning Manual and Tool.

Energy Management Information Systems (Cat. No. M144-54/2004E) HTML | PDF (1.1 MB)

Energy Management Information Systems – Planning Manual and Tool (Cat. No. M144-210-2010E-PDF) Order | PDF (ZIP format 5.54 MB) | Excel Spreadsheets (ZIP format 124 KB)