Visual Computation – Energy Usage Baseline Calculations

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Purpose

I wrote the Energy Usage Baseline Calculations to explain to facility operators how the Akuacom Demand Response Automation Server calculates baseline data—predicted usage data that serves as the comparison point for assessing load shed.

Comments

The information I received for calculating the energy usage baseline was a dense block of text that required the reader to fill in the missing steps. That is, explanations, such as why a given time range was used, were missing, and there were no examples to follow through the multiple steps.

Solution

After figuring out exactly how the baseline calculations worked, I added a running example to illustrate the entire process. And to add clarity, usability, and a visual explanation that could be followed without any need to read the word-problem-like explanations, I created visual descriptions—pictures showing how the data is chosen and used in calculations.

Note that as an appendix that provides extra reference material at the end of a user’s guide, terminology and general conceptual information is omitted.