Description: Energy is a core element of most factories and executives are quick to make the link between energy, productivity and profitability. A program targeted at key accounts, Industrial SEM engages directly with factory executives and staff to build a culture of energy efficiency.
SEM is designed to strengthen customer understanding of the energy management value proposition enabling participants to undertake the organizational and cultural changes needed to establish a comprehensive approach to managing energy.
SEM focuses on changing business practices from senior management through shop floor staff, affecting organizational culture to reduce energy waste and improve energy intensity. It emphasizes equipping and enabling plant management and staff to impact energy consumption through behavioral and operational change and the structured planning of facility upgrades and process improvements.
Expected Results: 10 – 20% savings of total site baseline energy consumption.
Program Evaluation: SEG’s Industrial SEM program has been third party impact evaluated five times. The overall average electricity realization rate is 104% with a low of 100% and a high of 108%
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: Lack of standard best energy management practice operating procedures is the biggest barrier to long term persistent energy savings. Using our experience tuning and commissioning energy and control systems across hundreds of buildings, SEG has identified the common operating failures across a multitude of system types and developed standardized procedures for integration into O&M work order systems and service contracts. Using webinar, workshop and one-on-one delivery, our knowledgeable team of experts work with end-users to integrate best practice into their day-to-day routines and O&M task lists. When fully integrated, high performance building operations is achieved and maintained over time.
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.