Patrick Administration's Leading By Example Program Receives National Recognition
Real-time energy metering project recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers
BOSTON - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia today announced that the Commonwealth’s collaboration with Massachusetts-based EnerNOC to meter energy consumption at state facilities and maximize efficiency received the regional Project of the Year award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
“The Patrick Administration’s 'Leading By Example' program has implemented innovative ways to reduce the Commonwealth’s energy consumption to save money and reduce environmental impacts,” said Commissioner Sylvia. “Real-time metering means that facility managers at state colleges, prisons, and office buildings can achieve energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We thank EnerNOC for its partnership on this project and AEE for recognizing our work.”
The metering system, the Enterprise Energy Management System, is tracking energy usage and provides real-time data to DOER and state facility managers in an effort to improve energy efficiency through both short-term response and long-term planning.
EnerNOC, an energy management applications company, installed 1,289 meters at 460 buildings statewide, covering 25 million square feet. The meters provide building-level usage data for electricity, natural gas, oil, steam, propane, and hot and chilled water. A web-enabled application tracks trends, creates benchmarks and reports on the energy consumption. As a result of the project, DOER expects to see 5-15 percent energy savings over a five year period, once fully utilized.
Facilities have already started realizing the benefits of the system:
- UMass Lowell used real-time data to identify usage that was abnormally high at its campus ice rink, compared to the previous year. By identifying the issue and changing the building control settings, the university reported saving $30,000 last year.
- Using real-time data, Bristol Community College was able to identified an opportunity to delay building start-up by at least one hour in the morning, with an estimated $2,500 savings over the course of the year.
- Real-time data helped inform a facility manager at Framingham State University that one of the dorms on campus had started running around the clock, without any night setback. By adjusting the building controls at this one building to use less energy at night, the campus could achieve annual energy savings of $1,700.
“DOER is a leader in using real-time data to improve energy efficiency, and in leveraging energy intelligence software for better energy management,” said Gregg Dixon, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at EnerNOC. “This project is a great example of Massachusetts driving innovation in energy management, and we’re honored to be recognized for our work with DOER.”
The "Leading By Example" (LBE) program was established in 2007 by Governor Patrick’s Executive Order No. 484, which set aggressive energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals and renewable energy goals for state government operations:
- Reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions 25 percent by 2012 and 40 percent by 2020;
- Reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2012 and 35 percent by 2020; and
- Obtain 15 percent of total electricity from renewable sources by 2012 and 30 percent by 2020.
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) develops and implements policies and programs aimed at ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s energy supply within the context of creating a cleaner energy future. DOER is an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
EnerNOC is a leading provider of energy intelligence software and related solutions. EnerNOC unlocks the full value of energy management for utility and commercial, institutional, and industrial (C&I) customers by delivering a comprehensive suite of demand-side management services that reduce real-time demand for electricity, increase energy efficiency, improve energy supply transparency in competitive markets, and mitigate emissions. EnerNOC’s Utility Solutions™ offerings, which include both implementation and consulting services, are helping hundreds of utilities and grid operators worldwide meet their demand-side management objectives. EnerNOC serves thousands of commercial, institutional, and industrial customers worldwide through a suite of energy management applications including: DemandSMART™, comprehensive demand response; EfficiencySMART™, continuous energy savings; and SupplySMART™, energy price and risk management. EnerNOC’s Network Operations Center (NOC) offers 24x7x365 customer support. For more information, visit www.enernoc.com.