Schneider Electric has installed a new cloud-based utility monitoring and visualisation system at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to analyse real-time utilities consumption. Implemented by Schneider Electric and EcoXpert AZZO, the system allows the iconic stadium to visualise and analyse real-time utility consumption, helping them reduce their energy costs and carbon footprint for greater sustainability.

The 10th largest stadium in the world and the largest in Australia, the 100,000-seat MCG requires a significant amount of electricity, gas and water to run their operations. Given the continuously rising energy costs, the stadium not only had to reduce costs, and improve energy efficiency and asset management but also minimise their environmental footprint.

Though the MCG was already monitoring electricity, they needed to integrate water and gas data into a centralised system and turn all the utility data into meaningful and actionable insights for various stakeholders. Additionally, they also needed to mitigate the risks of poor power quality to ensure maximum uptime during events and games.

The solution: Sustainability and Efficiency with EcoStruxure Power

Apps, Analytics and Services: Utilities Monitoring and Visualisation System (UMVS), a cloud-hosted and real-time system for electricity, gas and water;

Edge Control: Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert Platform;

Connected Products: Power meters and gateways, Programmable Logic Controllers (Hot Standby Quantum PLCs), PowerSCADA Operations and C-Bus lighting automation systems.

The cloud-hosted Utilities Monitoring and Visualisation System (UMVS) allows MCG to track live consumption of electricity, water and gas during an event and when the stadium is not in use.

The UMVS’ comprehensive metering system consisting of over 100 metering points not only provides the cost of running the facility, but also allows the customer to track real-time cost savings when they are making changes.

The UMVS system has been integrated with other systems including C-Bus lighting automation control, the Power Monitoring and Control System (PowerSCADA Operations and Hot Standby Quantum PLCs) and building management system.

Key outcomes

As part of the Energy Committee at the MCG, Schneider Electric and EcoXpert AZZO identified up to 5 percent savings in specific areas of the facility during the first six months after implementation.

All the data is monitored, visualised and turned into actionable insights, relevant to various stakeholder groups within the Melbourne Cricket Club. The stakeholders are now accountable for their energy consumption, allowing for more efficient operations.

The MCG has improved asset management and energy efficiency, and integrated the actionable insights from the UMVS with other systems such as lighting control and building management to support decision-making.

The MCG now operates more efficiently and has also created cost centres that keep the different stakeholder groups accountable for their energy consumption.