Description: The customer context and value proposition for commercial SEM is very different then industrial. In contrast to industrial settings, very few commercial customers view energy as an integral part of their business. Executive leadership views facilities management (and energy) as overhead rather than something deserving of attention. Even businesses and organizations with stated focus on sustainability and carbon reduction are slow to recognize the relationship between core business practices and energy management.
Our Commercial SEM curriculum specifically targets the barriers to successful adoption of SEM elements allowing for deeper impacts and achieving greater savings. Our commercial approach places a strong emphasis on technical operations, maintenance of buildings and systems, and enabling building operators and engineers to act on improving overall building performance. Savings persistence is addressed by providing energy management best practices, standard operating procedures, O&M work order task lists, and O&M vendor scopes of work.
Expected Results: 5 – 18% savings from total site energy consumption.
Program Evaluation: Delivering Commercial SEM for more than 7 years, the program has been evaluated twice. Average realization rates are 103% for electricity and 93% for natural gas.
Description: Similar in scope to Commercial SEM, K-12 Schools SEM specializes in meeting the unique needs of schools and school districts. Funding and adequate resources are the primary barrier to schools adopting a continuous improvement approach to energy management. Our K-12 Schools SEM curriculum addresses these issues, by focusing on rapidly generating energy savings. The early success provides the impetus for deeper engagement, energizing the team and providing a broader business case for increasing resource availability.
With a strong emphasis on student engagement, energy efficient best practices are often integrated into classroom curriculum with students actively engaging in activities and changing behavior. Providing facility operations standard operating procedures, O&M work order task lists, and O&M service contractor scopes ensures savings persistence.
Expected Results: 8 – 20% savings from total site energy consumption.
Program Evaluation: Realization rates are similar to our Commercial SEM programs with average realization rates of 103% for electricity and 93% for natural gas.
Description: Energy efficiency applies to every business, small or large. To help smaller organizations improve their energy practices, SEG has developed My Energy Coach, an innovative online, self-paced energy-efficiency coaching program that equips small businesses with the tools they need to implement and maintain an energy management program.
Description: Due to issues associated with shortage of investment capital, lack of available labor resources, relatively lower energy consumption levels, and less formalized production practices, small-to-medium industrial and agricultural business (SMB) customers can be a difficult utility customer class to cost-effectively reach with typical DSM program offerings.
Utilizing a unique combination of group workshops, instructional webinars, and focused consultative support delivered in a cohort approach where 15 or more participating customers are grouped into a learning team, SEG is able to cost-effectively assist this customer group address energy efficiency from a comprehensive perspective and realize first year reductions of 5% or more in annual energy consumption beyond those attributable to capital equipment retrofit projects.
Expected Results: 5 – 10% savings from total site energy consumption.