In South Dakota, the State Energy Office uses an energy tracking software to manage energy usage and track building efficiency. The data can highlight buildings that are more energy intensive and could benefit from energy efficiency upgrades. SEP funds were used to review the existing data and recommission the database after ten years of use. The project also moved the state to a web based system with the database hosted by the software company, and two days of onsite training was coordinated for the users. The project was successful and several of the institutions of higher education are moving forward with additional projects to better utilize the software and data. Two of the state rest areas located along Interstate 90 are undergoing renovations and the energy data was analyzed to determine if installing a geothermal system was feasible. After doing the analysis it was determined to move forward with the project.
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