Alert Energy Energy Management Services - data driven solutions for cost savings Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:39:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alert Energy 32 32 DOE Campaign to Improve Efficiency Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:39:10 +0000 The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has continued its work to increase energy savings and lower operating costs within federal facilities. Awarding over 21 contracts to energy management companies in recent years, the DOE has shown its commitment to meet energy efficiency goals.
Improvement projects ranging from LED lighting upgrades, chiller and boiler improvements. to installing control systems, the DOE has implemented a robust strategy to tackle the issue of energy inefficiencies within their facilities. The matter of army bases and additional federal locations committing to energy management upgrades has been previously reported. With these recently awarded contracts, it appears that the DOE is continuing to further expand on these measures.
Stressing the importance of these initiatives, Timothy Unruh, deputy assistant secretary of renewable power within the department’s energy efficiency office, told “The reality is there is a great need for improvements across the federal buildings. There’s $135 billion of needed building repairs, and about $7.7 billion in deferred building equipment maintenance, so there’s a lot to do and there’s really not the ability for Congress to appropriate all the money necessary. That’s where these public-private partnerships of an energy saving performance contract provide such a great benefit to the federal government.”
Unruh joins the long list of advocates who have championing the idea of greater energy savings performance contracts offered by both federal and local governments. As collaboration deepens between both the private sector and the government, the ultimate winners are the taxpayers who will be  saving money in the long run.
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Denver Enacts $2,000 Fine to Owners Who Fail to Comply with Benchmarking Mandate Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:32:52 +0000
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Harrah’s Las Vegas Saves $310K Annually with Retro-commissioning Initiative Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:02:26 +0000 Vice president of facilities, engineering and sustainability for Caesars Entertainment, Eric Dominguez recently spoke at the 2017 Environmental Leader Conference and Energy Manager Summit. The highlight of his speech were the positive gains being made by the entertainment conglomerate in matters related to sustainability and plans for the future.
Of the 45 worldwide properties that Caesars Entertainment has within its portfolio, the focus centered around Harrah’s Las Vegas. By taking proactive steps and putting together a comprehensive agenda the Harrah’s Las Vegas was able to see significant savings in its utilities expenses. Most of the savings were a result of retrofitting the facility, but that all begins with planning and getting a better understanding of the facility. “Do an assessment as to how your properties stack up against one another,” Dominguez said.
Outlined in his strategy were a number of operational improvements such as; installing more than 100,000 new energy efficient lighting bulbs, which bring a projected annual energy cost savings of $1.2 million, replacing standard washers at laundry facility with tunnel washers, installing more than 16,000 low-flow showerheads, and adopting low-flow restroom fixtures such as faucets and urinals.
Of course none of these improvements can truly have a lasting impact if the company itself does not communicate and stress the importance of these new measures. From leadership down to the hotel guest, Caesars Entertainment has shown commitment in improving its sustainability and getting the word out.
Built in 1973, the Harrah’s was a prime target to undergo upgrades to improve efficiency, “We had old equipment,” said Dominguez. “Controls were 20 years old and chillers were 15 years old. We did some field investigation and interviews with our staff. We took trend data and looked at the current building automation system.”
Final numbers of note for the re-commissioning of the Harrah’s breakdown as;
Total cost of $1.125 million
Utility rebates of $110,343
Annual savings: 24 million kWh 113,000 therms $309,720 (2015 utility rates)
Simple payback on investment: 3.3 years
Given the significant utility expenses most properties on the Las Vegas strip are faced with, and the resounding success of Harrah’s investment, we can only anticipate other facilities following suit.
Energy Conservation Measures to Save Army Base $92M Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:40:00 +0000 The Fort Riley Army Post in Kansas anticipates savings upwards of $92 million in energy costs over the next 22 years with 15 newly implemented energy conservation measures.
By upgrading central plants and energy management controls, updating HVAC equipment, implementing LED upgrades, and improving boiler and water conservation measures across 280 buildings, the base expects to reduce its energy usage by 25% by 2025. Spearheading this sprawling initiative for Fort Riley is the California-based Southland Energy.
The action follows current trends as the Army in March announced an agreement with Siemens USA to implement facility upgrades to enhance energy efficiency and reliability, as well as energy security, at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio. In addition, the following month it was announced that the Army had plans to unveil 90 acres of solar panels at the Anniston Army Depot in Eastaboga, Alabama.
The project’s design and construction phases are scheduled to begin within the next month.
Energy Management Systems Market Value to Potentially Reach $89 Billion by 2023 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 13:49:58 +0000 In a 2015 report sponsored by Navigant, it estimated quite the rosy future for Energy Management Systems (EMS). In its report, the market value was expected to reach $35.6 billion by 2024. According to Transparency Market Research’s new study those numbers are too conservative, Spearheaded by further implementation across multiple sectors around the globe estimates have skyrocketed to a total value of $89 Billion by 2023.
EMS have been gaining popularity over the past few years as businesses across the board continue to build up their energy efficiency and sustainability measures. The main function of an EMS is to monitor and conserve energy within a building(s) by collecting and analyzing energy usage data leading the way for actions based on information obtained. As the value in big data and the hyper connectivity of all devices continue to gain momentum access to this type of information is beyond valuable.
This type of service will be crucial going forward in industrial and emerging nations such as China, India, South Africa, and Mexico just to name a few, As energy expenses make up such a huge portion of expenses in these industrial nations, any actions to develop comprehensive energy management plans to curb those costs are viewed as welcomed additions. Needless to say, in the western part of the world anticipation is sky high for businesses to continue to introduce EMS within their operations.
As the momentum for increased sustainability measures continue to build and the significant savings to be gained when energy management systems are put into place, we should expect to see a further push of more EMS taking shape across the globe.
Cities, States Vow to Adhere to Paris Climate Accord after U.S. Withdraws Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:24:02 +0000 ]]> Improving Energy Efficiency Has Saved New York Agencies $20M Mon, 22 May 2017 13:07:21 +0000
California SB-100 Update Wed, 17 May 2017 12:52:45 +0000 Earlier we reported on California SB-100, The California Clean Energy Act of 2017. An amended version was submitted last week by Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) outlining a path to make California 100% reliant on renewable energy by 2045.
The previous bill, also sponsored by De León set the bar for California to reach 50% renewable energy by the year 2030. This followed on the heels of Senate Bill SB-32, The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2016, which required the state to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.
If anything, California must be applauded for its ambition. De León knows that he is setting the bar high for the state and was quoted saying “California’s experience over the last decade offers hard evidence that we can dramatically expand clean energy while also growing our economy and putting people to work.” He went on to further say “This measure will ensure that California remains the world’s clean energy superpower and that we lead the nation in addressing the threat of climate change.”
Much of the amended bill is similar to the text of the previous bill, with some noticeable changes.Some of those include; the state accelerating SB 350’s 50% mandate for clean renewable energy from 2030 to 2026, establishing an overall state target of 100% clean energy for California by 2045, authorizing investor owned utilities to invest in cleaner transportation fuels, and setting new policies for energy companies to capture uncontrolled methane emissions.
With uncertainty coming from Washington D.C. and the Trump administration it seems like the onus going forward will fall on the states to lead the way in combating climate change. By looking at the policies coming out of California, that seems like a mantle De León and his state are more than happy to take up.
Boston Emerges as the Most Energy Efficient City Mon, 15 May 2017 13:23:38 +0000 Receiving 84.5 out of the available 100 points, Boston was revealed to be the most energy efficient city within the United States. The findings come from the ‘City Energy Efficiency Scorecard’, provided by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Rounding out the top 10 were New York City (#2), Seattle (#3), Los Angeles (tied for #4), Portland (tied for #4), Austin (#6), Chicago (#7), Washington, DC (#8), Denver (tied for #9), and San Francisco (tied for #9). It should be noted that all of these cities have taken drastic measures of the last few years to expand their sustainability measures. From mandatory energy benchmarking and monitoring to conducting energy/water audits.
Los Angeles made the most significant gains in year to year improvement, jumping a remarkable 25 points to land at #4. Cities such as Kansas City, Orlando, and Pittsburgh which have all taken and passed energy efficiency measures recently have made noticeable gains as well.
While numbers are on a positive trajectory its hard to ignore the bottom of the list. Conversely, the five cities most in need of improvement on energy efficiency are Hartford (#47), Memphis (#48), Detroit (#49), Oklahoma City (#50), and Birmingham (#51).
The City Energy Efficiency Scorecard looks at five measuring barometers to determine the overall efficiency of a city. Those five include; local government operations, community-wide operations, building policies. energy and water utilities, and transportation policies. It should be noted that success in each of these five categories varied, but overall the top 10 cities performed well in each category.
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