Strategic Energy Management (SEM) programs have expanded over the years in the United States and abroad (CEE 2016). SEM programs vary widely in implementation and scope, but typically involve a longer-term customer engagement to train and embed energy efficient practices. Energy Trust of Oregon (Energy Trust) has been implementing industrial Strategic Energy Management since 2009.
This analysis looks at the 59 SEM customer facilities that were in the sample selected for the Energy Trust’s Production Efficiency Program 2012-2013 impact evaluation and a separate Industrial SEM Process and Impact evaluation. The following questions are investigated:
A rapidly growing approach to energy efficiency, strategic energy management (SEM) programs realize savings by using capital in concert with operations and management improvements to facilities. By using various frameworks, evaluators of these programs can estimate reductions in energy consumption before and after program implementation.
In this study, the authors used a simulation approach to test different frameworks and model specifications.
This design guide to Industrial SEM, as designed for California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), presents the first two years of an intended 6 year journey. This guide is a well-developed, prescriptive, and comprehensive cohort program curriculum design. It is scheduled to be implemented by the California IOUs starting in 2018 and the success/results will be available in 2020 or later.
Improving energy efficiency at your business is one of the easiest ways to reduce operating costs. You can invest more in your business and employees, plus reduce your environmental impact and operate more sustainably. Energy efficiency goes beyond investments in upgrades at your facilities. You can gain even more savings by engaging your staff in energy-saving practices. Energy Trust of Oregon is here to help.
This document was developed for the U.S. Department of Energy Uniform Methods Project (UMP). The UMP provides model protocols for determining energy and demand savings that result from specific energy-efficiency measures implemented through state and utility programs.
Many SEM programs are relatively new, and only a handful have reported—much less verified—energy savings due to the challenges in quantifying savings. Some program administrators considering SEM are hesitant to implement programs without more evidence that savings are verifiable and sustainable. This paper begins to address these barriers by outlining the variations in SEM program designs, identifying the challenges to quantifying energy savings, presenting evaluated savings for four SEM programs, proposing strategies for improving the likelihood that savings are quantifiable, and summarizing research in the pipeline.
In this paper, three challenging SEM evaluation areas are discussed: (1) statistically detecting energy savings, (2) designing a sampling strategy, and (3) accounting for equipment and custom measures that received rebates through other programs.
This report presents DNV GL’s impact evaluation of Energy Trust of Oregon’s Commercial Strategic Energy Management (SEM) offering, which is part of the Existing Buildings (EB) program. The impact evaluation is specific to the energy savings achieved by participants in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) began offering its Energy Management (EM) Program to industrial facilities in 2010. Through the program, BPA provides long-term energy management consulting services to educate and train industrial energy users for two primary purposes: (1) to develop and execute a long-term strategy for energy planning and (2) to permanently integrate energy management into their business planning.
For this assessment, the evaluation team (Cadmus and SBW) focused on the performance between 2010 and 2014 of HPEM and T&T facilities that had the longest history of participation in BPA’s EM Program.
An Energy Management Information System (EMIS) is a software tool that stores, analyzes, and displays energy consumption data. The challenge for potential users of EMIS is that the number of commercially-available EMIS tools has increased dramatically over the past ten years, as have the analytical and reporting capabilities of the tools. Picking your way through the options is complex, especially when the software may need to be accompanied by hardware updates for data gathering. Organizations need to determine how to prepare themselves to make best use of the EMIS tool they select.
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