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UWM to light up new energy dashboard

The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee is getting a new energy dashboard system — installed in the UWM residence halls — that will allow students to monitor electrical and other utility use.

Michael Murray, CEO of Lucid Design Group Inc., the design company behind the energy dashboard, will launch the UWM University Housing Energy Dashboard at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Cambridge Commons, 2323 N. Cambridge Ave.

The real-time energy dashboard is designed to provide students with the ability to see how their behavior impacts energy consumption. The Web-based system uses “friendly competitions” between residence halls as an effective way to reduce energy.

Other universities using the software in residence halls report between 20 and 30 percent energy savings, according to a news release from UWM.

The local distributor of the Lucid Design Group system, Uihlein Electric, has been active in the system installation and staff training during the fall semester.

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