Spanish Ministry of Justice Saves 22% on Electricity Bills [Success Story]

Public Administration is a sector with great potential for energy savings: large buildings, geographically dispersed, old equipment… Furthermore, they have the need, not only for their budget but ethically, to save energy and be more energy-efficient. Today we present you an implementation success story from our partner CIAS COM for the Ministry of Justice of the Spanish Government, who has saved 22% in their electric bills.

The Energy Challenge of the Ministry of Justice

A few years ago, the Ministry of Justice decided to take a step to professionalize their energy management.

Our partner, CIAS COM, was the company chosen to help them define and deploy the project. At that time, the main energy challenges of the Ministry of Justice were:

  • Multiple buildings, without a control center
  • Fragmented Contracts especially in regards to electricity, with different providers and contracted rates
  • Lack of staff specialized in energy management

This situation was damaging the public administration in three ways. 

First, there was no place to display, analyze, and understand what was happening with energy consumption.

Second, the Ministry of Justice had management contracts distributed between the various regional offices. This hurt them as they had greater contracted powers than necessary and more partners to speak to during the incidents, and prevented coordination of the validation of electric bills.

Lastly, the lack of a real-time analytics system made it impossible to be proactive in correcting problems before an incident occurred in order to avoid extra billing costs.

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The CIAS COM Solution for the Ministry of Justice

CIAS COM is a consulting expert in facility management projects who helps companies improve management of general services in large government and private organizations. The commissioned project addressed almost 300 buildings throughout the country.

Their work focused on two essential phases of the energy management plans: monitoring what is happening and optimizing energy consumption. In the monitoring plan, they added a variable of complexity to the project. In Public Administration, the security and data networks always call for “extra” work when defining a strategy for energy management.

In the case of the Ministry of Justice, their network (high security) meant working out more details on the communication strategy between the meters and the DEXCell Energy Manager analysis platform.

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The optimization phase, which began with the grouping of all contracts with energy suppliers, advanced to the installation of capacitor banks and replacement of high consumption equipment with more efficient ones. Of course, the process also included corrective measurements and training to change behavior for misuse of energy resources, conducting training sessions at the plant facility centers, etc. With these measures, they avoided unnecessary consumption: computers that never turn off, lights that are on when not needed…

The results of this success speak for itself. The plan and implementation by CIAS COM have generated savings of 1,541,572€, this amount represents a consolidated saving of 22%.

Currently, 70% of the Ministry of Justice’s electricity consumption is monitored. This means there is still 30% which requires energy savings’ action similar to the ones mentioned above.

But the energy savings project of this institution will not end there, as they can continue to apply measures and tools to make the optimization phase evolve, generating better savings and consolidating them each time.

“We are very satisfied with the support provided byCIAS COM consultant to control and optimize the management of the general service contracts in the almost 300 judicial buildings that make up the Regional Offices of the Ministry of Justice, which have enabled us to make significant cost savings and improve the quality of the services of facility maintenance, energy supplies, cleaning buildings, elevators, security and surveillance, and others.” – JUAN JOSÉ DE LA PEÑA Head of Procurement – SG of Economic Resources of the Administration of Justice

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Technology Implemented in the Project

The following technology was used in this project:

  • Hardware
    • Client’s fiscal meters
    • DEXGate, DEXGate2
  • Software:
    • DEXCell Energy Manager (you can try it for free here)


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