The hunt is on for two extremely dangerous men who broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility nearly two weeks ago. It’s estimated that this manhunt is costing New York over $1 million dollars per day and we’d just like to point out that some strategically deployed energy management probably could’ve nipped this in the bud well before the escape itself.

We monitor over 18,000 buildings across the country, identifying anomalies in energy usage that can indicate glitches. Sometimes that means there’s a broken or faulty system like a pipe leak or, as we’ve seen rather frequently, human interference. Let’s say the soon-to-be escapees were plugging in power tools in a remote section of the prison every night for 3 weeks. That activity can absolutely be captured by granular data collected through sub-meters. We’re working with companies like Enertiv, a sub-metering firm out of New York, to help clients capture this data to inform operational decision-making every day, but we would be wise not to underestimate the variety of uses for this kind of information. An anomaly can even set off an alert to a building owner looking to monitor consumption or, let’s say, a prison staff member charged with knowing where inmates are at all times.

Imagine if at the Clinton Correctional Facility, they’d installed sub-meters throughout the facility to make sure there weren’t any unusual spikes in energy. Granted, we don’t know the details of the equipment used in the escape, but you can be sure we would have immediately noticed if there was a handsaw or drill plugged into an outlet in Cell Block D at 2 AM each night!