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The use of computer networks as a resource--and tool--for energy management is growing by leaps and bounds. Every day more resources are announced for monitoring energy trends and exchanging data, goods, and services.
A great challenge for energy managers considering the use of on-line energy management is separating fact from hype. To make informed decisions on cost-effective strategies for using networked computing resources, end users must have a good understanding of both the underlying technologies and viable energy applications.
Three trends--two mature and one emerging--currently characterize on-line energy management:
* The use of on-line data resources and the Internet for information on energy and building products.
* Electronic commerce and funds transfer for energy and equipment procurement. …