FEMP Releases Updated Guidelines on Submetering

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Understanding FEMP's Recent Guidelines on Submetering: A Step Forward in Energy Management

As the need for sustainable and efficient energy use becomes increasingly paramount, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has introduced new guidelines on submetering. These guidelines aim to enhance energy accountability and drive improvements in energy management across federal facilities. Let's delve into what these new guidelines entail and their potential impact on energy management.

What is Submetering?

Submetering involves the installation of additional meters beyond the primary utility meter to monitor and measure energy consumption in specific areas or for specific equipment. This granular approach provides detailed insights into energy usage patterns, enabling more precise identification of inefficiencies and opportunities for energy savings.

Key Highlights of FEMP's New Guidelines

  1. Enhanced Data Collection and Analysis: FEMP's new guidelines emphasize the importance of accurate and comprehensive data collection. Submetering allows facility managers to gather detailed energy consumption data at various levels, such as individual buildings, floors, or even specific equipment. This data is crucial for identifying inefficiencies and implementing targeted energy-saving measures.

  2. Promoting Accountability and Energy Conservation: By providing a clearer picture of energy use, submetering fosters accountability among building occupants and managers. When energy consumption is tracked and reported at a more granular level, it becomes easier to identify and address areas of waste. This can lead to significant energy conservation and cost savings.

  3. Integration with Building Management Systems (BMS): The guidelines encourage the integration of submetering data with existing Building Management Systems (BMS). This integration allows for real-time monitoring and automated responses to energy usage patterns, further enhancing the efficiency of energy management practices.

  4. Supporting Compliance with Energy Policies: Federal facilities are often subject to stringent energy policies and sustainability targets. Submetering helps ensure compliance with these regulations by providing the necessary data to track progress and make informed decisions regarding energy use and conservation efforts.

  5. Encouraging the Use of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI): FEMP advocates for the adoption of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to facilitate more sophisticated data collection and analysis. AMI systems provide real-time data and enable more dynamic energy management strategies, such as demand response and peak load management.

Benefits of Implementing Submetering

  • Improved Energy Efficiency: By identifying specific areas of high energy use, submetering enables targeted interventions that can significantly improve overall energy efficiency.

  • Cost Savings: Detailed energy consumption data allows for more effective energy management, leading to reduced energy bills and operational costs.

  • Enhanced Operational Performance: With better visibility into energy use, facility managers can optimize equipment performance and maintenance schedules, improving overall operational efficiency.

  • Sustainability: Submetering supports sustainability goals by enabling precise tracking and reduction of energy use, contributing to a lower carbon footprint.

Challenges and Considerations

While the benefits of submetering are clear, there are some challenges and considerations to keep in mind:

  • Initial Investment: The installation of submeters and integration with existing systems can require a significant initial investment. However, the long-term savings and efficiency gains often justify this cost.

  • Data Management: Managing and analyzing the large volumes of data generated by submeters can be challenging. Investing in robust data management and analysis tools is essential for maximizing the benefits of submetering.

  • Stakeholder Engagement: Ensuring the engagement and cooperation of all stakeholders, from facility managers to building occupants, is crucial for the successful implementation of submetering initiatives.


FEMP's recent guidelines on submetering represent a significant step forward in promoting energy efficiency and sustainability within federal facilities. By providing detailed insights into energy use and fostering accountability, these guidelines have the potential to drive substantial improvements in energy management. As we continue to seek ways to reduce our environmental impact, submetering stands out as a valuable tool in the pursuit of more sustainable and efficient energy use.

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To read the full article. please visit: https://www.energy.gov/femp/articles/federal-metering-guidance-energy-act-2020-sec-1002g