ENERGY MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE
Energy Management Program Elements
The Energy Management Program (Program) is comprised of a variety of interrelated elements: Administration, Finance & Accounting, Metering and Data, and Take Action (Efficiency Projects). Activities in all these element areas contribute to effective management of energy and resource consumption, cost and risk. Organization of the Program into these specific, manageable elements aids in setting goals, developing actions, and tracking results. For a coherent diagrammatical schematic of these element interrelationships (see Business Process Schematic).
A. Program Administration
General management, staffing, program documentation and resources. Collaboration with Business School for assistance documentation of program business processes, etc.
B. Rates and Regulatory
Monitor utility rates and ratemaking. Monitor and analze impact of regulations and legislation. Includes review of legislation and issues that impact energy cost or use.
C. Community Engagement
Establish and maintain community engagement and communications and associations. Promote efficient practices across units. Participate in related trade and professional associations. Collaboration with Sustainability.
D. Energy Management Planning
Ongoing strategic planning of activities needed to build and conduct an effective energy management program. Collaboration with Campus Planning, Sustainability.
E. Utility Planning
Analysis and planning in support of progressive improvement of campus utility plant and distribution efficiencies. Collaboration with Campus Planning, Design and Construction.
2. FINANCE & ACCOUNTING (ongoing collaboration with FASS)
A. Finances and Budgeting
Monitor and manage Energy Revolving Fund (ERF) funding and utility incentives in coordination with capital maintenance and infrastructure projects to capture funding synergies. Management and support for utility incentive application and payment. Assist in development of annual budget for Utilities and Energy.
Track utility resource consumption and utility bills. Support internal chargeback processes, bill audits and payment of utility bills.
C. Procurement Analysis and Support
Tracking and analysis of wholesale energy markets, utility bills and utility rates. Analysis and support of energy procurement optimization.
3. METERING AND DATA (ongoing collaboration with FASS-IT and U&E Electrical Shop)
A. Utility Metering
The energy management program invests a significant amount of analytical, planning and management resources in the construction, configuration, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the campus utility metering systems. Proper functioning of these metering systems is essential to successful energy monitoring and verification activities.
B. Energy Management Information System
The energy management program invests a significant amount of analytical, planning and management resources in development and maintenance of the Energy Management Information System (EMIS).
C. Utility Data Warehouse
Creation and maintenance of an accurate and robust archive of contemporary and historical utility use and billing data necessary for consistent operation and effective energy management.
D. Energy Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Benchmarking
Facility energy use data is maintained for performance evaluation and as a basis for prioritization of reduction efforts. Energy use and cost data is provided to FASS for utility cost distribution and recovery. Ongoing monitoring of energy use and system performance based on trend data. Investigation and exploration of billing and use anomalies. Collaboration with School of Design.
4. TAKE ACTION (Efficiency Projects) (ongoing collaboration with Facilities Services)
A. Analysis & Opportunity Assessment
Analysis of resource consumption issues, building system performance, energy efficiency opportunities, Scoping Energy Assessment is used to identify and validate opportunities for further investigation and analysis. Detailed energy analysis is strategically targeted at specific projects chosen for implementation. Includes research and assessment of relevant applicable technologies. Collaboration with ESBL.
B. Opportunity Inventory
Development of energy efficiency concepts into actionable project plans. Energy efficiency projects will be subject to suitable mechanical and electrical engineering efforts to ensure they meet appropriate engineering standards.
C. Ongoing Program implementation & Support
Where feasible, ongoing programs are developed that engage in recurring activities that contribute to Program goals.
D. Energy Project Support
Projects selected for sponsorship and implementation when financial performance and funding requirements are met. Involvement and/or collaboration in sponsored projects where appropriate.
E. Project Performance Verification
Provide project performance verification reports for project stakeholders.
F. Efficiency Standards
Develop and promote Campus/organizational efficiency standards for energy and water consuming equipment and systems, as a means for incorporating best practice into O&M and capital projects.
NOTE: The preceding information are excerpts from the University's Strategic Energy Management Planning document available HERE.