Patrick-Murray Administration Selects Massachusetts Firm to Track, Rein in State Government Energy Usage
Funded through federal stimulus, project will monitor energy use in 470 state buildings, informing decisions that could yield energy savings up to 15 percent
At $10 million, the Enterprise Energy Management System (EEMS) contract represents nearly 20 percent of State Energy Program funding awarded to Massachusetts by the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Targeting state colleges and universities, state prisons, and other public buildings, the EEMS effort will use state-of-the-art technology to track energy use in real time - in the short run, alerting building and agency managers to unexpected usage patterns so they can make fuel-saving adjustments and, in the long run, pinpointing areas in need of an energy efficiency overhaul.
"As we build a vibrant clean energy economy in Massachusetts, energy efficiency needs to be our 'first fuel' - what we rely on to meet energy demand before considering new power generation," Governor Deval Patrick said. "In that spirit, this new stimulus-funded initiative will help state government rewrite the book on energy efficiency - helping us eliminate costly energy waste from hundreds of state buildings across the Commonwealth."
"By partnering with our federal delegation, our administration has been able to leverage stimulus funds to support job creation and energy savings for many successful projects in the Commonwealth," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "With today's announced funds, we can assess how the state, as a leader, can also promote energy efficiency and savings within our state buildings."
"The Enterprise Energy Management System is among the most innovative endeavors the Commonwealth is pursuing with federal stimulus dollars," said Secretary Ian Bowles. "Measuring energy performance for all fuel types in real time, the project will quickly and accurately reveal patterns and pockets of waste, enabling agencies to target energy improvement projects. I am pleased the Commonwealth will be working with EnerNOC, a Massachusetts company, on this important effort."
DOER estimates that, beginning next month, the Enterprise Energy Management System (EEMS) will result in 46 new Massachusetts jobs - about half of them electricians, mechanical technicians and project managers directly associated with equipment installation and upkeep.
A Request for Responses for the EEMS issued by EEA's Department of Energy Resources (DOER) in December yielded 25 proposals, of which five were short-listed and asked to provide detailed price proposals in February. A Project Management Team comprising one voting member each from DOER, the Department of Capital Asset Management, the Department of Correction, and Fitchburg State College ranked the proposals and determined that EnerNOC's provided the best value of functionalities within the project's $10 million budget, and that the company offers the most effective management approach backed by substantial experience relevant to the EEMS project.
The EEMS contract calls for tracking energy use at 33 state-owned sites encompassing 470 buildings throughout the Commonwealth. EnerNOC will install and monitor state-of-the-art energy meters to measure the performance of all building energy systems - including electricity, natural gas, oil, steam, and renewables. Based on data collected, individual agency and building managers will be able to make real-time adjustments to cut waste and maximize efficiency. In the longer term, inefficiencies revealed through EEMS will help the Commonwealth target energy efficiency improvement investments.
Based on experience in other jurisdictions that have employed similar energy management systems, DOER projects that the EEMS could result in reduction of energy consumption of between 5 and 15 percent at each facility where it is deployed.
"Saving energy means saving money. The Enterprise Energy Management System will keep Massachusetts ahead of the curve as a state leader mitigating climate change while putting people back to work now in clean energy jobs," said Senator John Kerry.
"This week's unseasonably warm weather was a preview of electricity demand in the next few weeks and months," US Rep. Ed Markey said. "EnerNOC will work with Massachusetts buildings to reduce the impact of peak temperatures, soften the blow of peak oil, and reduce the stress of peak electricity on our buildings and utilities. Instead of worrying about blackouts, we'll make sure Massachusetts utility bills are in the black."
"The Department of Higher Education, Commissioner Freeland and the Board of Higher Education are very pleased about the selection of ten state higher education institutions as initial recipients of the Enterprise Energy Management System," said Stephen W. Lenhardt, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Higher Education. "A commissioner's task force has been studying efficiency opportunities at public campuses and this statewide initiative will contribute directly to our energy and cost reduction efforts. We also look forward to utilizing EEMS to help meet the Governor's climate and energy goals and to meet the carbon reduction targets set by all 29 of our public colleges and universities as part of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment."
The agreement with EnerNOC announced today will result in a three-year contract for Phase I of the EEMS project, with potential renewal for another three years to implement Phase II, covering an additional 40 to 50 million square feet of state building space. EnerNOC is expected to conduct site audits and complete a final work plan for Phase I within 60 days of contract signing, with meters installed and energy tracking applications deployed across the 33 project sites within six months of DOER's approval of the work plan. EnerNOC will also provide ongoing training, maintenance and technical support during the contract period.
Once both phases of EEMS are implemented - covering up to 70 million square feet of state buildings, energy cost savings to the state could surpass $10 million annually, according to DOER. With Massachusetts state government currently spending over $200 million per year on energy, EEMS supports Governor Deval Patrick's "Leading by Example" Executive Order, which sets ambitious clean energy goals for state government. Specifically, the Order calls for:
- reducing state government's greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent in 2012, 40 percent in 2020, and 80 percent in 2050, using a 2002 baseline;
- reducing state government's energy consumption by 20 percent in 2012 and 35 percent in 2020, using a 2004 baseline;
- Increasing use of renewable energy resources at state facilities so that 15 percent of total electricity consumption comes from renewable energy by 2012, and 30 percent by 2030.
"This partnership will create high-quality jobs, directly stimulate the state economy, deliver a rapid and impressive return on investment, and set a clear standard for other local, state, and federal governments to follow," said Tim Healy, Chairman and CEO of EnerNOC. "We applaud Massachusetts' commitment to leading by example and ensuring that taxpayers and state facilities experience the full economic and environmental benefits of real-time, application-driven energy management."
Investments designed to maximize the Commonwealth's energy performance are critical components of Governor Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, which combines state, federal and, where possible, private efforts to provide immediate and long-term relief and position the Commonwealth for recovery in the following ways:
- Deliver immediate relief by investing in the road, bridge and rail projects that put people to work today and providing safety net services that sustain people who are especially vulnerable during an economic crisis;
- Build a better tomorrow through education and infrastructure investments that strengthen our economic competitiveness, prepare workers for the jobs of the future, and support clean energy, broadband, and technology projects that cut costs while growing the economy; and
- Reform state government by eliminating the pension and ethics loopholes that discredit the work of government and revitalize the transportation networks that have suffered from decades of neglect and inaction.