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Energy Efficiency For Empire State

December 16th, 2009 by Steve Hill Leave a reply »

new-york-sealA New York State board has recommended an energy plan to make energy more affordable, particularly through energy efficiency.

In an Energy Efficiency Assesment report issued on Tuesday (click here to see report) New York State provided very interesting recommendations that could move the Empire State to the lead position in the US as far as a clean energy economy is concerned and it makes financial sense as well.

The plan recommends energy efficiency as a major focus for commerce and industry and a new state building code that would also require stricter energy efficiency. Not only will this bring environmental benefits but the costing is a no-brainer, as the return on investment in energy efficiency is substantial – to quote the report:

“The 2008 Optimal Report concluded that opportunities for electricity end-use efficiency in New York are extensive and inexpensive compared with available supply options. Results of the study estimate the State’s achievable potential through 2015 to be about 26,000 GWh, representing a reduction of approximately 14 percent from the forecast of electricity demand in 2015…….Programs that would capture this achievable potential would cost $7.2 billion in 2008 dollars over seven years, or an approximate average annual program portfolio budget of $1.0 billion. Net benefits to the New York economy would total $12.8 billion, including $20.8 billion in total statewide benefits and $8.0 billion in societal costs. The benefit-cost ratio of the electric efficiency measures is estimated to be 2.60, which means that the New York economy would capture approximately $2.60 in benefits for every dollar invested in efficiency.”

The report also highlights how the commercial sector has the greatest potential for energy saving and emphasised the main areas that can be affected, again to quote the report:

“Similarly, the end-users with the greatest efficiency potential for the commercial sector are indoor lighting, cooling, ventilation, and refrigeration. Within the commercial sector, the study concludes that the building type with the greatest energy savings potential is office space, which accounts for 33 percent of the efficiency savings opportunities. Finally, for the industrial sector, the greatest efficiency savings opportunities are in industrial process end-uses and indoor lighting.”

From my point of view it is interesting to see where they stress the efficiencies can be made, all areas where I know the company I am associated with, Enigin PLC, have products to intelligently control energy use.

The report also focuses on the importance of advance meters, such as the Eniscope, to supply end-users with real-time energy consumption feed-back, the report states:

“By enabling customers to receive information regarding system costs in real time and to take actions to respond to higher electricity peak prices, AMI (Advance Metering Infrastructure) has the potential to reduce peak demands. In addition, the ability to monitor customer usage would improve a utility’s ability to measure the actual effects of energy efficiency measures.”

This is an important efficiency and money saver for many organisations. In Daytona, Florida, Bethune-Cookman University made savings of 43% after monitoring just one cooling station using an Eniscope advance meter, which identified areas where they were spiking their energy use and hence being penalised financially. The Eniscope enabled them to intelligently change usage patterns and make financial and energy savings, plus seeing reductions in maintenance costs.

I hope New York State will be able to put their recommendations into practice and provide not just a national lead but an international one as well.

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