HOW UTILITIES ARE BENEFITING FROM
MN’S NEW ENERGY SAVINGS PLATFORM
Perspectives on ESP Reporting and Options
Joe Plummer |...
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CEE Technology Forum
TODAY! Tuesday, June 24th
MacPhail Center (Minneapolis)
Networking Reception 5:00 - 6:15 pm
Pro...
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How Utilities are Benefiting From
Minnesota’s New Energy Savings Platform
Joe Plummer
Public Utilities Rates Analyst...
Minnesota’s
Energy Savings Platform
Minnesota’s Energy Savings Platform
Jeff Haase
June 24, 2014
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What is ESP ?
• A cloud-based IT platform built to help states and
utilities collaborate to manage and report on ene...
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ESP to ReportingESP Link
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Smart Measure Application Example
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ReportingESP
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Origins of ESP
• Next Generation Energy Act of 2007
established a 1.5% energy savings goal for
MN electric and natu...
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Origins of ESP Natural Gas CIP Activity
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Origins of ESP
• Need for better reporting tools and database
• Technical assistance (216B.241 subd. 1d)
• Create a...
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MN’s “Digital TRM”
• Technical Reference Manual (TRM): a document
describing how to calculate energy savings for
di...
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MN’s “Digital TRM”
Key Characteristics of Digital TRM
• Less duplication
• Centrally managed
• Tighter version cont...
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Minnesota TRM Smart Measure Library
C/I Hot Water Residential Appliances
Faucet Aerator, 1.5 gpm (Electric) ENERGY ...
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ESP Users
• All MN utilities use ReportingESP
• Coops and Municipals
• Annual performance reporting and plans on Ju...
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ESP Users
• Use of ESP (operations) is voluntary
• Currently working with 40+ MN utilities
• Partnerships with engi...
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ESP Users
• ESP adoption process
• Training events
• Utility-specific outreach and support
• Energy Platforms conta...
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Great River Energy
• Not for profit generation &
transmission cooperative
• Provide wholesale electricity
to 28 dis...
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GRE CIP System
• Developed internally in 2007, rolled out for cooperative
use in 2008.
• Subsequent developments fo...
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GRE Aggregation Role
• Develops program guidelines
• Provides a centralized system for data collection and
reportin...
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GRE CIP System Business Assessment
Tolerate
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Eliminate
• Evaluating the costs and
performance of th...
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CIP System Interactions
System
(Energy Savings
& Spending by
Cooperative)
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Cooperative
Users
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Mem...
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Key CIP System Functions
Energy Savings
Calculations
Forms
Invoice
Generation
Data Capture
Budgeting &
Reporting
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Increasing use of ESP
• Reporting ESP vs. Operational ESP
• Data has been entered into ESP going back to 2008
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GRE Implementation
• Developing basic program designs
• Translating existing program guide
• Smart Measures
• Devel...
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Implementation Challenges
• Terminology differences
• Connections to other departments
• Same look & feel
• Add add...
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Expectations of the Project
• Enabling best practices around data sharing
• Developing a culture around data sharin...
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Program Innovation
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Future ESP Development
• Meet the users needs and expand functionality
• Operational functionality
• Batch processi...
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Future Development
• Near term/ongoing (through end of 2014)
• Reporting
• Reporting, analytic enhancements
• Emiss...
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Future Development
• Longer term
• ESP to ReportingESP link
• Cost-benefit calculator (Operations)
• Planning tools...
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Funding
• Development funded through public (State of MN-
CARD and Technical Assistance) and private sources
to dat...
Joe Plummer | MN Department of Commerce
joe.plummer@state.mn.us
Jeff Haase | Great River Energy
jhaase@grenergy.com
Question & Answer
Webinar Link:
http://www.mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/Resource-Center/
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  1. 1. HOW UTILITIES ARE BENEFITING FROM MN’S NEW ENERGY SAVINGS PLATFORM Perspectives on ESP Reporting and Options Joe Plummer | Department of Commerce Jeff Haase | Great River Energy Webinar: June 24, 2014
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  4. 4. Pg. 4 CEE Technology Forum TODAY! Tuesday, June 24th MacPhail Center (Minneapolis) Networking Reception 5:00 - 6:15 pm Program 6:15 - 8:00 pm Steve Nadel ACEEE First in a series of anniversary forums Where MN is Taking the Future of Energy Efficiency Jay Stein E Source Mark Brown My Meter Rich Szydlowski CEE Tim Hebrink 3M
  5. 5. Pg. 5 How Utilities are Benefiting From Minnesota’s New Energy Savings Platform Joe Plummer Public Utilities Rates Analyst, ESP Program Mgr. MN Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources Jeff Haase Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator Great River Energy
  6. 6. Minnesota’s Energy Savings Platform
  7. 7. Minnesota’s Energy Savings Platform Jeff Haase June 24, 2014
  8. 8. Pg. 8 What is ESP ? • A cloud-based IT platform built to help states and utilities collaborate to manage and report on energy efficiency programs • Developed/owned by Energy Platforms • Two applications: • ESP • ReportingESP SEO PUC Utility Consultants Trade Partners Residential Customers Commercial Customers Evaluators ESP® ®
  9. 9. Pg. 9 ESP to ReportingESP Link
  10. 10. Pg. 10 Smart Measure Application Example
  11. 11. Pg. 11 ReportingESP
  12. 12. Pg. 12 Origins of ESP • Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 established a 1.5% energy savings goal for MN electric and natural gas utilities 180+ utilities: • 10 investor-owned utilities • 44 electric cooperatives • 120+ municipal utilities • 10 aggregators
  13. 13. Pg. 13 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1,000 $0 $20 $40 $60 $80 $100 $120 $140 $160 $180 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 IncrementalSavings(GWh) Expenditures($1M) Expenditures Savings 1.4% 1.6% 1.7% Origins of ESP Electric CIP Activity Next Generation Energy Act
  14. 14. Pg. 14 Origins of ESP Natural Gas CIP Activity 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 $0 $5 $10 $15 $20 $25 $30 $35 $40 $45 $50 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 IncrementalSavings(Bcf) Expenditures($1M) Expenditures Savings 0.9% 1.0% 0.9% Next Generation Energy Act
  15. 15. Pg. 15 Origins of ESP • Need for better reporting tools and database • Technical assistance (216B.241 subd. 1d) • Create and maintain energy savings assumptions (technical reference manual) • Inventory of effective programs and measures • Help small utilities • From small set of program templates to 52 pre- approved Smart Measures and user-configurable operational tools • Useful to all utility types • Pre-packaged setups for “plug and play”
  16. 16. Pg. 16 MN’s “Digital TRM” • Technical Reference Manual (TRM): a document describing how to calculate energy savings for different measures • Digital TRM: a shared set of functional, real-time calculators implemented on a common platform accessible by multiple user types
  17. 17. Pg. 17 MN’s “Digital TRM” Key Characteristics of Digital TRM • Less duplication • Centrally managed • Tighter version control • Algorithmic-based SEO PUC Utility Consultants Trade Partners Residential Customers Commercial Customers Evaluators Digital TRM
  18. 18. Pg. 18 Minnesota TRM Smart Measure Library C/I Hot Water Residential Appliances Faucet Aerator, 1.5 gpm (Electric) ENERGY STAR Clothes Washers Faucet Aerator, 1.5 gpm (Gas) ENERGY STAR Dishwashers Pre-Rinse Sprayers (Electric) ENERGY STAR Refrig. and Freezers Pre-Rinse Sprayers (Gas) Secondary Refrig./Freezer Removal Water Heater (Electric) Residential Hot Water Water Heater (Gas) Faucet Aerator, 1.5 gpm (Electric) C/I HVAC Faucet Aerator, 1.5 gpm (Gas) Unitary and Split Systems Low Flow Showerheads, 1.5 gpm (Electric) Variable Speed Drives Low Flow Showerheads, 1.5 gpm (Gas) Boiler Modifications, Space Heating Only Water Heater Setback (Electric) Boilers, Space Heating Only Water Heater Setback (Gas) C/I Lighting Water Heater (Electric) CFL Standard to Low Wattage Retrofit Water Heater (Gas) Controls Residential HVAC Exit Sign Retrofit with LED/LEC Central AC/ASHP Exterior Canopy/Soffit Retrofit with LED ECM Blower Motors Exterior Wall Pack Retrofit with LED Furnaces and Boilers High Pressure Sodium Retrofit Furnaces Tune-Up Incandescent Over 100W Retrofit Programmable Thermostats (electric) Incandescent Up to 100W Retrofit Programmable Thermostats (gas) Mercury Vapor Retrofit Residential Insulation and Air Sealing Metal Halide Retrofit Residential Lighting New Construction CFLs and ENERGY STAR Torchieres Pulse Start Metal Halide Retrofit ENERGY STAR CFL Fixtures Refrigerator Freezer Case LEDs ENERGY STAR LED Lamps and Fixtures Stairwell Fixtures with Integral Occupancy Sensor Residential Load Management C/I Motors C/I Refrigeration Anti-Sweat Heat Control Beverage Machine Controls ENERGY STAR Refrigerator and Freezer Evaporator Fan Motor Retrofit
  19. 19. Pg. 19 ESP Users • All MN utilities use ReportingESP • Coops and Municipals • Annual performance reporting and plans on June 1 (this year due dates were June 13 and September 5) • Investor-owned utilities • Annual performance reporting on April 1 and May 1 • Three-year plans filed on June 1 (staggered)
  20. 20. Pg. 20 ESP Users • Use of ESP (operations) is voluntary • Currently working with 40+ MN utilities • Partnerships with engineering firms for Smart Measure/Program development • Strong national interest from utilities and Commissions • Contract signed with 18 utilities
  21. 21. Pg. 21 ESP Users • ESP adoption process • Training events • Utility-specific outreach and support • Energy Platforms contacts • Leo Steidel, CEO lsteidel@energyplatforms.com • Mike Myser, VP mmyser@energyplatforms.com
  22. 22. Pg. 22 Great River Energy • Not for profit generation & transmission cooperative • Provide wholesale electricity to 28 distribution cooperatives in MN (& into WI) • Second largest utility in Minnesota, our member cooperatives distribute electricity to families, farms and businesses servings almost 1.7 million people. 22
  23. 23. Pg. 23 GRE CIP System • Developed internally in 2007, rolled out for cooperative use in 2008. • Subsequent developments focused on providing: • Online forms (Lighting) • Dynamic residential forms – Batch processing monthly residential rebates • Dashboards that provide YTD achievements • IT supported, Microsoft Access Architecture • Interfaces with Finance department for invoicing 23
  24. 24. Pg. 24 GRE Aggregation Role • Develops program guidelines • Provides a centralized system for data collection and reporting purposes to all members • Administers the All-Requirements Member rebate budget • Tracks load management and supply side expenditures and impacts 24
  25. 25. Pg. 25 GRE CIP System Business Assessment Tolerate Implement Manage Eliminate • Evaluating the costs and performance of the current system • Assess the benefit of moving to a new system (outside of GRE) • Identify any capital projects that could improve functionality • Increase administrative capabilities of Member Services
  26. 26. Pg. 26 CIP System Interactions System (Energy Savings & Spending by Cooperative) Distribution Cooperative Users (x 29) Member Services & Marketing IT Finance 26
  27. 27. Pg. 27 Key CIP System Functions Energy Savings Calculations Forms Invoice Generation Data Capture Budgeting & Reporting 27
  28. 28. Pg. 28 Increasing use of ESP • Reporting ESP vs. Operational ESP • Data has been entered into ESP going back to 2008 28
  29. 29. Pg. 29 GRE Implementation • Developing basic program designs • Translating existing program guide • Smart Measures • Developing teams & sub-teams • Pilot program with two cooperatives • Identify & resolve issues 29
  30. 30. Pg. 30 Implementation Challenges • Terminology differences • Connections to other departments • Same look & feel • Add additional functionality as people gain experience and comfort with the platform • Testing with a “fake” cooperative 30
  31. 31. Pg. 31 Expectations of the Project • Enabling best practices around data sharing • Developing a culture around data sharing • Load shapes associated with program designs • Re-orienting around a data-centric program • External party innovation • Generating a functional program based on third party expertise – available for all • GDS | Agricultural Program 31
  32. 32. Pg. 32 Program Innovation
  33. 33. Pg. 33 Future ESP Development • Meet the users needs and expand functionality • Operational functionality • Batch processing of rebate activities • Increasing the online availability of tools • Management functionality • One stop for all CIP data needs • Cost-Effectiveness & BCA • Simple payback, NPV 33
  34. 34. Pg. 34 Future Development • Near term/ongoing (through end of 2014) • Reporting • Reporting, analytic enhancements • Emissions tracking • Public interface • Operational • Batch processing • Ad hoc reporting/dashboard
  35. 35. Pg. 35 Future Development • Longer term • ESP to ReportingESP link • Cost-benefit calculator (Operations) • Planning tools (Operations) • Measure lifecycle (Operations) • Utility advisory committee
  36. 36. Pg. 36 Funding • Development funded through public (State of MN- CARD and Technical Assistance) and private sources to date • State contract ends September 2014 • Maintenance funding through Technical Assistance assessments through June 2017 • Additional development supported through new business
  37. 37. Joe Plummer | MN Department of Commerce joe.plummer@state.mn.us Jeff Haase | Great River Energy jhaase@grenergy.com
  38. 38. Question & Answer Webinar Link: http://www.mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/Resource-Center/
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