Utility Energy-Efficiency Program Consulting and Design
Advance your programs beyond the light-bulb.
Our team brings innovative and technically superior concepts to the program table, such as:
Lean EnergyTM - Energy which does not add value to the product or building environment is waste. The Lean Energy methodology adopts well-known Lean Manufacturing terminology, and applies it to energy using systems. Our Lean Energy services can range from training, to design seminars, to Lean Energy audits of your manufacturing processes.
Whole-System, Inside-Out Design - Utility programs are often focused on specific technologies, and thus do a good job at incentivizing components of a system. However, the interaction of components is often as impactful on energy use as the efficiency of a given component. Our team assists in developing the technical rationale and baselines for system energy use, as opposed to just component energy use.
New ProductionTM - Most utility DSM programs offer a New Construction element. This is where a new commercial building (and hence a new electric load on the grid) is incentivized to be more efficient than a hypothetical baseline. Similarly, industrial facilities add New Production (a new electric load) on a regular basis. However, utility programs are nearly devoid of addressing New Production. As a result, new industrial processes and equipment are installed with little attention to energy efficiency. Our New Production program develops production-normalized baselines and the technical rationale for incentivizing efficient New Production.
Co-Benefit campaigns - Co-benefit campaigns recognize that energy savings are often not the primary driver of an organization's decision. This is logical - even most manufacturing industries only expend about 2% of their revenue on energy. Without this recognition, energy efficiency often gets left in the dust. Instead of increasing the relative importance of energy efficiency by offering incentives, these campaigns focus on the primary benefit to the organization's practices. For example, manufacturing facilities are often more interested in the liability reduction from insulating a hot-surface and eliminating a burn hazard than the energy savings that result. Our co-benefit campaigns are built on our years of listening to facilities and maintenance staff, the C-suite, and others, and understanding their core concerns and how efficiency can be a positive co-benefit to another problem's solution.
Landscaping - While the importance of landscaping is often talked about, especially in new construction, there is very little data around its effects on energy use, much less a program designed to promote energy-efficient landscaping. Our team determines savings potential based on thermodynamics, energy-engineering, and empirical data of real-world situations.
Semi-Prescriptive Measures - Most utility programs have prescriptive measure applications, and direct all other measures to the custom category. There are actually a wide number of custom measures which we would call "semi-prescriptive". These are measures whose energy savings can be calculated or simulated by non-technical staff with just a few key inputs. It requires slightly more time than a standard prescriptive application, but significantly less engineering than for a custom measure. The results of the algorithms are calibrated to empirical data. Integrating semi-prescriptive measures into your program can reduce administrative costs and increase program participation.
Competition and Educational Campaigns - Monetary incentives are just one way to motivate change. Competition, and bragging rights to the winner, is another powerful motivator. Awards for best-in-class lighting design, for example, could drive designers to achieve the most efficient design possible, not just the one that beats the utility's baseline.
Net-Zero Ready - For many people and organizations, energy-efficiency is about saving money. For others, it is implicit that energy-efficiency investments are a first, economical step towards an ultra-efficient world that runs solely on renewable energy.
New Technology Review - New technologies and products are the wild-west of energy efficiency. Our team can evaluate technical merit, probable energy savings, and review testing literature so that your utility program can integrate new technologies with confidence.
Innovative Baselines - Energy savings could be captured from this innovative design if a baseline was available for utilities. Our team develops technically sound baselines for just these scenarios, to unlock previously unobtainable energy efficiency savings. Other examples include determining best-of-class VFD air compressors, to better maximize energy savings from prescriptive projects, and evaluating differences in ASHRAE 90.1 versus Energy Star Portfolio Manager for New Construction incentive calculations.