Measurement and Verification
Get the financial statement on your energy-efficiency investment.
Energy-efficiency projects are financial investments. A return of energy and cost savings is expected on an initial up-front investment. Unlike financial investments, however, you do not receive a monthly or quarterly statement detailing exactly how much financial return you're achieving. And, to determine this on your own is extraordinarily difficult. In fact, most energy engineer experts are poorly equipped to measure energy and cost savings over time. This is because energy costs are also dependent on weather, occupancy rates, production, and utility rates. Because of this, energy savings can be hard to discern. As a result, while energy-efficiency can be very economical, there is a large amount of uncertainty in the amount of savings realized. This inhibits corrective actions to under-performing projects, recognition of projects doing well, and thus future investment in energy efficiency. It also allows performance contractors to sell projects and guarantee savings when there are truly none available.
Our firm can quickly and cost-effectively measure energy and cost savings for your project. We do so already for utility programs, government programs, and individual clients. We normalize energy use as a function of weather, occupancy, and/or production, and utility rates to arrive at a true energy and cost savings measurement. There are several ways in which we do this:
From-the-Bill Savings Measurement
Extract useful information from energy data you already have.
Go Sustainable Energy has unique expertise in creating statistical regression models of monthly building energy use as a function of temperature, occupancy, production and other factors. These models serve as excellent baselines for measurement and verification, as the effects of independent variables are normalized. We simply require a minimum of 12 months of pre-installation utility data, and then post-installation utility data. Where occupancy and production are factors, we obtain this information from the client. We typically obtain historical weather data from available sources.
We provide from-the-bill savings measurement for multiple clients, including school districts and several commercial office buildings.
Pre and Post-Metering
We provide equipment-specific pre and post-installation metering. This is often appropriate for utility programs, where the project cost can justify the additional energy metering. Additionally, equipment-specific metering may be warranted if the energy savings are not large enough to significantly affect the facility meter.
Our team uses a range of metering equipment, so that we can fit the right equipment to the right application. Our equipment includes:
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