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PUMA Software News - October 2016
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We are always working to make PUMA better for you. 
Take a look at what we've accomplished this year and what we're planning for 2017:

Welcome to our new PUMA Clients

PUMA used by more than 20 BC Hydro Funded Energy Managers and nearly 40 Leading Government & Commercial Organizations. We’ve been busy adding services and helping more and more organizations get a grip on their energy costs. Some organizations that have begun using PUMA in the last year to manage their energy consumption, costs, and GHG emissions recently include:

  • Colliers: Many new sites in BC and across Canada
  • SD#42 Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows
  • SD#47 Powell River Board of Education
  • SD#71 Comox Valley School District
  • Whistler Blackcomb: New, sophisticated submetering 

A Sharper Look for Your Reports

Our graphic designers have updated our graphics to make the display of your information more clear, clean, and in the forefront. Charts will be easier to read and have been optimized to be easier to interpret.  “Drop shadow” effects have been removed, and the colours are brighter as a result.

Some improvements have been made to the interface so that they work better on tablet devices and iPads, our public dashboards also work better with iPads.

We know our customers don't have time to learn a major user-interface change, so we kept it simple.  We hope you like it!


 

Stacked Bar Charts:  See Totals more Intuitively

See energy breakdowns more intuitively with a new charting option we've added in part by popular request.  

Stacked bar charts are available now for many standard reports, and for the unlimited combinations of reports you can build with our Master Reporting Engine.

Verdict Reports:  Easy to interpret Comparison of Actual, Baseline, and Target

Combine daily-data with our capable software and the result is an easy to interpret report that tells you and your operations staff if they have a Great, Good or an "Alert" - a result to be concerned about.  
 
Actual data can use daily submeters or monthly utility data.    Baseline is the result of calculations that can include weather and other variables.  Targets can be set in PUMA to match your actual targets.  
 
Combined with an automatically emailed report every week, and your operations people will have the quick, simple information they need at their fingertips, just like the restaurant staff at Whistler Blackcomb.   Think about that the next time you are enjoying the view from the Roundhouse at the top of Whistler!

Portfolio Manager Integration

Portfolio Manager is the benchmarking tool backed by NRCan (Natural Resources Canada) and created to provide Energy Star scores for your buildings.

Integration between Portfolio Manager and PUMA has been built so that sites & buildings can be automatically created and kept up to date with the utility data we track for you in PUMA.

PUMA is your utility hub, we collect the consumption & cost information for you and provide the analysis and interconnections you need.  PUMA will store and push your natural gas, electricity, water, and other heating fuel data to Portfolio Manager, so you have it all-in-one place.  We even track your Demand and Power Factor where that data is available to us, so you can quantify and track reductions in those charges.

Once in Portfolio Manager, your buildings can be shared with you within Portfolio Manager for refinement of building details and improvement of your energy star score.

With the link established, as your PUMA data is updated, your Energy Star score will also be updated. PUMA will retrieve and track your Energy Star score as it changes over time and enable reporting on those changes, and comparison with other metrics. Keeping your Energy Star score up to date is important for LEED-EBOM certifications.

Contact us for more information and a proposal to have us setup your buildings in Portfolio Manager. (duncan@prismengineering.com or phone: 604.205.5516)

Submeters: See All your Meters in One Place

PUMA can now connect with your submeters and for automatic daily data retrieval. This is part of our preparation for when BC Hydro provides us access to their smart-meter data, and is available for submeters that can connect with QMC meters. This includes most electronic submeters, including meters that were initially installed by Pulse Energy. 

Data is available as daily totals. An example of it in action is shown below. Contact us for a quote and to discuss the setup and configuration process.

We have plans to connect with more submeters types in future, contact us with your needs. 

Fleet Fuel Tracking in PUMA:  See all Your Energy in one Place

We’ve heard from many of you that tracking fuel consumed by vehicles in terms of overall totals of consumption, cost and GHG emissions is very much needed, and we’ve begun development high-level fleet fuel use tracking in PUMA.  We accept data from card-lock systems, convert to consistent energy units (eGJ) and display familiar PUMA reports on consumption, cost, and GHG emissions. 
 
We will not try to reproduce fleet maintenance software functions, or be a sophisticated telematics provider, but keep to the level of fuel purchases, and mileage travelled as provided by these types of software.   

What we  offer is to consolidate your building energy use with your Fleet Energy use and combine them to produce a picture of your combined Greenhouse Gas Emissions .
 
If you are looking for a light-weight, high-level fleet fuel reporting system, let us know and we would be happy to provide a demonstration. 

Planned New Features

We're working on new features for 2017 As always – we’re working to bring you more insights and refinements to PUMA.   Two planned for this coming year include:

  1. Exception Report Enhancements: See & Prioritize problems faster & more easily
    Many of our customers tell us that our exception reports are their most used part of PUMA.  Each month a custom report reduces the many utility accounts to the portion showing the biggest increases, adjusted for weather.   These reports help identify and prioritize good news, as well as bad news.  A short list of 4 or 5 top items to work on every month shrinks an overwhelming task into a targeted, effective set of actions.   We’re adding to the report based on feedback from our users that will benefit everyone.
     
  2. Weather Variation Chart for different locations and fiscal years
    Our weather variation chart has proved popular, and we plan to make it possible to create your own for different locations in PUMA
Bug fixes & Performance Improvements -- We are continually improving the performance of our computer-code, and fixing bugs as we find them. Thank you to the users who have reported bugs to us & please feel free to make further suggestions!

Upcoming Webinars: Learn More of what PUMA can Do for You

We have several new webinars planned for the year ahead.  Here are the next few on the calendar:

  • 19-Oct PUMA Advanced Reports:  Getting the exact chart or table you need.
  • 23-Nov:  PUMA CUSUMs and Savings Reports: How much better or worse is your usage?
  • 13-Dec  PUMA Normalized Reports:  What would your use have been in a typical weather year? 

BOMA-BC uTrack/PUMA Partnership Going Strong

Prism’s Partnership with BOMA-BC to offer the uTrack program to BOMA members at preferred pricing is going strong, and will likely see an an extra boost from our integration with Energy Star Portfolio Manager. BOMA members can contact us or BOMA-BC for more details on the uTrack program.

Referrals

We always welcome referrals! If you’ve found PUMA to be an invaluable service, please consider introducing & recommending us to your peers.

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