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 ESCO 

 

SPOTLIGHT

ACTION  
Develop ESCO process to decrease Btu/sq. ft. consumption of energy on campus by 1.5%/year. (FA)

MEASURE 
Annual Btu/sq.ft. energy consumption.

BASELINE 
Slippery Rock University consumed 185,714 Btu/sq.ft. in FY 2003-2004. The University is currently pursuing an ESCO contractor to accomplish its goal of reducing energy consumption.

UPDATE
PASSHE revised documents to be used in pursuit of ESCO contractor.  We are currently in the RFP process and anticipate contracting for a financial grade audit of our facilities in the summer of 2006.  In addition, we have awarded a contract for the first phase of a lighting retrofit project in four University buildings to be completed the summer of 2006.  We anticipate an annual savings of 770,207 Kwh or 3% of our electrical consumption.  The next phase of lighting retrofits will also change out lighting in four additional University buildings.  It is currently being bid and due to be complete at the end of the summer of 2006.  The university has also established an energy conservation committee charged to look at additional steps that can be taken to reduce our energy consumption.
Dropped from ’04 and ’05 reports – track data and include in ’06 report. 

UPDATE 
Develop ESCO process to decrease btu/sq.ft consumption of energy
on campus by 1.5% per year:  FY 2004-2005 energy consumption was 188,819 btu/sq.ft. for an increase of 1.7% compared to the base year.  FY 2005-2006 energy consumption was 162,198 btu/sq.ft. for a decrease of 12.7% compared to the base year.  The President established an Energy Conservation Committee in 2006 to review campus energy consumption and recommend changes in operating procedures and policies that would help minimize our energy consumption.  As a result, a number of recommendations were implemented.  The campus purchasing department implemented an electronic appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of Energy Star appliances whenever feasible (one-time).  The campus IT Department implemented a process to minimize energy usage of all campus computers by automatically having their monitors revert to sleep mode with inactive.  This is expected to save approximately $27,000 in annual energy savings.  The University implemented a lighting retrofit program in the summer of 2006 that was anticipated to save 770,207 kwh annually.  Phase I findings of the financial grade audit under ESCO are due on May 16, 2007 by the contractor.  The University’s ESCO Committee will meet to determine the next course of action based on the audit results.  Phase II of the audit is scheduled to be completed July 15, 2007.
2007 (provided 2005-2006 data)

UPDATE
Phase I of Investment Grade Audit for the ESCO Program was reviewed and evaluated and found not to be financially viable.  The work scope for Phase II of the audit was revised with audit results arriving in March 2008.  Phase II was found to be economically viable per the GESA guidelines.  The project was approved by SRU’s Council of Trustees and the PASSHE Board of Governors in early April 2008.  The contract is being finalized and design work is to commence in summer 2008.  All projects are to be completed by December 2009.  An independent engineering analysis of the University’s ten building Lighting Retrofit Project estimates an energy cost savings of $1,729,065 over the 15-year service life of the project.  FY 2006-2007 energy consumption was 154,685 Btu/sq.ft. for a decrease of 16.7% compared to the base year, 2003 (185,715 Btu/sq. ft. ) and a 4% reduction in energy consumption compared to FY 2005-2006 (162,198 Btu/sq.ft.)
2008 (provided 2006-2007 data)

UPDATE  
The ESCO project started construction in May 2009.  Ten of the eleven energy conservation measures will be completed by October 2009.  The controls upgrade measure will continue through the fall of 2010.  The ESCO project is guaranteed to provide $3,657,085 over the 15 year service life of the project and save 549,482 KWH per year.  For FY ’07-’08, BTU/sq. ft. consumption decreased 33.13% versus the base year FY ’04-’05 and decreased 8.70% versus FY ’03-’04. 
2009 (provided 2007-2008 data)

UPDATE
The ESCO project will be completed in August 2010.  The ESCO project is guaranteed to provide $3,657,085 over the 15-year service life of the project and save 549,482 KWH per year.  For FY ’08-’09, BTU/sq. ft. consumption decreased by 32.97% versus the base year FY ’03-’04, by 34.28% versus FY ’04-’05 by 11.51% from the previous year, FY’07-’08.
2010 (provided 2008-2009 data) 

UPDATE  
FY ’09-’10, BTU/sq. ft. consumption decreased by 37.48% versus the base year FY’03-’04; by 38.71% versus FY ’04-’05; by 6.74% from the previous year, FY’08-’09.
2011 (provided 2009-2010 data)