Pulse energy webinar, how to set up a utility conservation program


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Energy savings from utility conservation programs can help you reduce the costs and uncertainty of the open energy market, comply with government mandates, and help your utility show its commitment to sustainability.

Carol Suhan, PowerSense Service Manager for FortisBC, presented this informative webinar on creating and implementing an energy conservation program for your utility's commercial and institutional clients.

Carol played a key role in designing and implementing the PowerSense conservation program that she now manages at FortisBC, an energy utility with 1.1 million electricity and natural gas customers. Her presentation

- outlines the benefits of a conservation program for commercial and institutional ratepayers
- explains how she and her team went about creating the program
- points out what you should look out for when creating your own program

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Pulse energy webinar, how to set up a utility conservation program

  1. 1. Pulse Energy Webinar:How to Set Up a UtilityConservation ProgramGuest Speakers:Carol Suhan, PowerSense Services ManagerKara Serenius, PowerSense Engineer 1
  2. 2. 3 Things You Want to Know About This Presentation• The presentation will be 45-60 minutes, including Q&A• You can send your questions to us via the GoToWebinar control panel at any time• We are recording the webinar 2
  3. 3. Agenda• 5 Things you should NOT do when creating a building optimization program• Quick overview of Pulse software• Q&A 3
  4. 4. Five Things You Should NOT Do WhenCreating a Building Optimization ProgramCarol SuhanManager, PowerSense ServiceJune 2, 2011
  5. 5. Overview• Power of building retro-commissioning• PowerSense’s Building Optimization Program• Five things you should not do…
  6. 6. Retro-Commissioning - What Is It?• Process for investigating the mechanical, lighting, and control systems and identifying operational improvements. Typical issues include: • Heating and cooling • Lighting and HVAC • Sub-optimal use of existing components
  7. 7. Retro-Commissioning - What Is It?• Improves performance of building’s systems• 5-20% savings in building energy costs • 5-10% in electricity • 15-20% in gas • Average 2 year payback on measures• Improves occupant comfort
  8. 8. PowerSense Retro-CommissioningProgram• Designed for commercial buildings • Fully funded Energy Management Information System (Pulse EMIS) • Fully funded retro-commissioning study• Owner must commit to implement capital and operational measures • Simple payback of 2 years or less
  9. 9. PowerSense Retro-CommissioningProgram• Program overcomes barriers • Fully funded studies • Free training and coaching • Free ongoing feedback
  10. 10. Role of EMIS in Program• Measurement and verification• Exception reporting• Occupant engagement and education• Automated energy reporting
  11. 11. Background – Program Development• Small utility – gas and electricity• Adjacent to BC Hydro service area • Highly progressive and innovative energy efficiency programming • Shared customers
  12. 12. Five Things NOT to Do• Don’t have full buy-in from senior management • New program concept • Behaviour change • Contractual obligations • Higher risk • More responsibility and work for field reps
  13. 13. Five Things NOT to Do• Don’t allow sufficient time • Consultants • Legal department • Internal lack of human resources
  14. 14. Five Things NOT to Do• Don’t have full commitment from gas utility partner • Other priorities • Different approach to customer service • No resources allocated
  15. 15. Five Things NOT to Do• Allow customers to set your priorities • Strong desire to start now • Make improvements before investigation stage
  16. 16. Five Things NOT to Do• Allow EMIS providers to set your priorities • Eager to place technology into customer’s buildings • Funding opportunities
  17. 17. Summary• Excellent savings potential• Excellent customer relationship building opportunity• Ensure you have the appropriate allocation of resources• Good luck!
  18. 18. Pulse EMIS 18
  19. 19. Pulse EMIS• Manage your energy data 19
  20. 20. Data Management 20
  21. 21. Pulse EMIS• Engage Your Building Occupants in Energy Reduction 21
  22. 22. Reduce Energy Use Through Contests 22
  23. 23. Pulse EMIS• See how your buildings measure up 23
  24. 24. Measuring and Reporting Energy Savings 24
  25. 25. Questions? 25
  26. 26. Questions? 26
  27. 27. Questions? 27
  28. 28. Questions? 28
  29. 29. Thank you!•Additional questions? Contact Pulse Energy •1-877-331-0530 •info@pulseenergy.com •http://www.pulseenergy.com/company/contact•More energy management best practices •On-demand webinars: http://www.pulseenergy.com/resources/energy- management-webinars/ •Pulse blog: http://blog.pulseenergy.com/ 29