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Energy Efficiency Program Framework

Improved energy efficiency is the ‘holy grail’ of effective energy sustainability. Efficiency serves two very important goals:

  • Reduced carbon footprint through reduced consumption
  • Long term cost structure reduction

Few campuses would say that they use energy as efficiently as they can. Most everyone recognizes that there are substantial further efficiencies to be gained when it comes to energy consumption at facilities. An effective Energy Efficiency Program Management Framework starts with the establishment of objectives and associated commitments, develops a consistent project evaluation framework, provides agency and authority to responsible parties to seek, evaluate, and forward projects, and ensures accountability through transparent reporting and evaluation.

Benefits

  • Definite and clear commitments help overcome organizational inertia and resistance, provide push
  • Consistent project evaluation framework that clearly outlines project viability and helps stakeholders make a clear “Go/No Go” decision
  • Assigned agency and authority to responsible parties drives execution of projects by providing clear mandate and empowerment
  • Transparent reporting and evaluation which tracks progress against the original objectives provides confidence in program and reinforcement of successes

Challenges

  • Requires consistent, ongoing buy-in from all levels of the organization
  • Competition for attention/funding from higher profile initiatives

Impacts

  • GHG Impact

    Moderate

    Energy Efficiency projects are the”lowest hanging fruit” towards achieving an organization’s decarbonization goals. An implemented project can immediately yield GHG reductions and it starts with development of a programmatic framework.

  • Economic Impact

    Net Savings

    Energy Efficiency improvements result in immediate reduction in an organization’s energy spend

  • Feasibility

    Doable

    Energy Efficiency projects are easy to implement and most utilities provide incentives for specific initiatives. The challenge usually is usually overcoming inertia and getting started, which a programmatic framework helps overcome.

  • Timeline

    1-2 years

    The initial development of an EE framework and implementation of early projects can occur within a year. Once a framework is implemented, subsequent projects will follow until all savings opportunities have been exhausted.

  • Maintenance

    Low / None

    The program development phase requires a brief stage of  input from organization stakeholders. Project oversight can be outsourced and post implementation maintenance can be managed through contractors and/or financiers.

  • Publicity

    That's cool

    A programmatic approach towards energy efficiency creates a culture of continuous improvement and showcases an organization’s commitment towards driving sustainability improvements.

Experts

  • Ritesh Tipnis, Ph.D. Director, Program Management AEP Energy Contact