Mike Marquissee led a discussion on the new Energy Conservation Incentive Program (ECIP). The program is designed to encourage energy conservation behavior among students, faculty, and staff in campus buildings. The buildings with the highest percentage of energy reduction over a one-year period will win funds to use toward upgrades in their building. State supported buildings over 10,000 square feet are eligible.
Because individual departments do not pay for the utility costs of the buildings they occupy, there is little incentive to reduce their energy consumption. ECIP will encourage energy conservation providing an incentive of building upgrades.
For the purpose of selecting winners, the buildings’ energy output will be monitored using metering systems already in place in the buildings. The meters will convert the energy into MMBTUS and the data will be compared to the previous year’s usage. Energy inputs metered include the cost of coal, natural gas, and purchased electricity. These metered inputs are converted into MMBTUS. Buildings will be ranked in order of achievement and awards will be calculated based on energy reduction.
Eight campus buildings will receive ECIP awards in two categories: Occupant Action and Energy Advancement. The Energy Advancement category includes buildings whose energy reduction is the result of a centrally funded project . The Occupant Action Category is made up of buildings where energy consumption is occupant driven.
Award amounts will be calculated based on energy costs avoided.
1st place: $50,000+$6.41/MMBTU avoided
2nd place: $25,000+$6.41/MMBTU avoided x75%
3rd place: $15,000+$6.41/MMBTU avoided x50%
4th place: $10,000+$6.41/MMBTU avoided x25%
1st Place: 50% of $6.41/MMBTU avoided
2nd Place: 25% of $6.41/MMBTU avoided
3rd Place: 15% of $6.41/MMBTU avoided
4th Place: 10% of $6.41/MMBTU avoided
Questions and Answers
1. Does the project go toward an energy project of the Utilities & Energy Services’ choosing?
No, Utilities & Energy Services will work with the building occupants to determine a project of their choosing. The project can be anything from building landscaping, lobby remodel, bathroom remodel, an energy project, etc.
2. If a department solely funds anenergy saving project, which category do they fall under?
The building would fall under Occupant Action. Buildings that have projects funded by a centralized campus source, like retrocommissioning, will fall under the Energy Advancement category.
3. Our building was retrocommissioned several years ago. Which category would we fall under?
Your building would fall under Occupant Action. Because the buildings are compared year to year, only buildings that have had energy projects within the last year will fall under the Energy Advancement category.