Continual measurement of municipal energy consumption is an integral part of evaluating the effectiveness of energy action plans. To support municipalities in Massachusetts in monitoring energy usage, developing baselines, and benchmarking savings, DOER provides municipalities with the free online database MassEnergyInsight (MEI). Once utility accounts are entered into the database, their usage information is imported automatically, but some effort is needed to organize information and identify what must be entered manually. Additionally, some discussion is needed among municipal departments about managing the municipal MEI account on an ongoing basis. This strategy outlines how to establish a standardized process for maintaining and updating a municipality’s MEI account and using the data to benchmark energy reductions. Read more.