A team of researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working to make it possible to cost-effectively create a building energy model for every building in the country. They recently demonstrated their work using a supercomputer to model every building serviced by the Electric Power Board (EPB) in Chattanooga, Tenn. The supercomputer discovered over 2 million simulations that EPB could use to save between $11 million and $35 million a year by adjusting electricity usage. That information could be especially useful for EPB as it operates a 9,000-mile fiber-optic network that serves as the backbone for its Smart Grid.
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