Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations are taking a collaborative approach to Strategic Energy Management. The NW SEM Collaborative was formed in 2011 based on the premise that the region can achieve more working together than can any single utility or organization working alone. The NW SEM Collaborative aims to help energy efficiency program administrators accelerate the adoption of SEM in the industrial and commercial sectors.
In 2017, members of the Northwest SEM Collaborative noticed that Wikipedia still didn’t have an entry for Strategic Energy Management. They formed a work group comprised of volunteers from utilities, SEM delivery contractors, nonprofits, and government agencies, and worked together to develop and launch this SEM Wikipedia page which includes information on energy/non-energy benefits, current activities, common services and more.
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.
A high-level overview of SEM in manufacturing, including answers to some frequently asked questions, the benefits of SEM, and a list of some of Oregon's biggest practitioners.
This white paper summarizes current SEM program designs, key lessons learned and next steps. More broadly the paper comments on the strategic value of regional collaboration in the design and delivery of efficiency programs.
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