Optimization of Energy Usage (OEU™) 

Although energy is critical to systems in the Production domain, production planners have not been provided with the tools needed to integrate energy explicitly in their resource allocation models for overall production efficiency. 

Optimization of Energy Usage (OEU™) will change this paradigm by enabling best practices in energy resource allocation by providing visibility to energy data throughout the layers of the Production domain. This visibility will allow businesses to apply familiar techniques currently used to make continuous improvements in processes and provide innovation opportunities for savings in industrial energy consumption. Realization of OEU requires a three-pronged approach to typical use cases for the industrial consumer: (1) having awareness of energy usage; (2) consuming energy more efficiently; and (3) transacting energy for the best result. ODVA’s three-prong approach for OEU results in natural groupings of use cases originating from a three-part working hypothesis: 

  1. Energy is essential to produce products but has been an invisible line item on production bills of materials and consequently an unmanaged resource. 

  2. Energy should be a managed resource in the Production domain. 

  3. The availability of energy information and visibility of energy consumption will promote awareness by industrial consumers of the need to manage energy as a production resource which, in turn, will lead to best practices in OEU for the industrial consumer.

OEU Use Case Type 1:  Awareness of Energy Usage

Energy awareness is the foundation of OEU. As a shared metric among all users and their vendors, energy awareness drives fundamental behavioral changes across all layers of the Production domain. Starting with simple and often free or low-cost actions to reduce energy consumption (analogous to turning off the lights manually in an empty room), energy awareness works itself into the fiber of the corporate culture. Production planners will start including energy requirements into production bills of material. OEU helps to create a shared culture of best practices that paves the way for energy to be treated as a managed resource by the enterprise. 

OEU Use Case Type 2:  Efficient Consumption of Energy


Efficient energy consumption is the accelerant for OEU. By leveraging automation and manufacturing execution systems, industrial consumers can consolidate energy information in order to match overall power consumption levels and timing with specific production requirements. Energy monitoring and management promote efficient consumption and multiply the benefits of energy awareness by automating actions that reduce energy consumption. OEU allows existing automation to be enhanced to incorporate the functionality needed to realize new efficiencies in energy consumption in the Production domain, thus protecting the user’s investment in existing technology. 

OEU Use Case Type 3:  Transacting Energy for the Best Result


Transacting energy for the best result is the integrator for OEU. By leveraging asset management and internal facility and process energy delivery systems, the industrial consumer can interface with the Power Grid domain to procure and exchange energy for the best result. By dynamically and transparently managing demand-response mechanisms, industrial consumers will be able to transact energy to achieve individualized best results based on cost, source, supply or environmental impact. To gain a more complete understanding of ODVA’s vision of OEU, read Optimization of Energy Usage: ODVA’s Vision for Energy Optimization for the Industrial Consumer.