Creating an Energy Master Plan
P2S principal Aravind Batra shares what an energy plan is, why it’s important, and how your company could benefit from investing in the energy planning process
Master plans serve as an important tool in planning and guiding facilities’ growth in a campus environment (be it healthcare, education or industrial campuses). They are valuable living documents that, when used effectively, can help facility managers make informed decisions about short- and long-term goals.
The term “master plan” has traditionally been associated with either an architectural master plan or a utility master plan and seldom with an energy master plan. With rising energy costs and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, the need to invest in a comprehensive energy master plan for a facility or group of buildings has never been greater.
Investing in creating a comprehensive energy master plan offers the following benefits:
Provides a roadmap to improving energy performance, reducing operational and maintenance costs, improving facilities performance and working toward carbon emission goals
- Provides a roadmap to continually improving energy performance, reducing operational and maintenance costs, improving facilities performance and working towards achieving carbon emission goals.
- Provides an overall vision of where the current energy consumption/costs are along with current energy asset portfolio and where they need to be in the future to combat rising energy prices and meeting regulatory greenhouse gas emission requirements.
- Helps prioritize and phase energy conservation projects based on payback. All capital costs used in calculating payback are justified from a life cycle cost standpoint that includes both initial capital costs and future operational and maintenance costs.
- Helps align energy projects and maintenance projects to 1) save operating and maintenance costs and 2) replace old and inefficient equipment and systems.
- Helps identify applicable incentives and rebates that help reduce overall project costs and associated pay back.
- Helps identify and document current greenhouse gas emissions and provides a pathway for compliance with current regulatory requirements (AB32, Governor’s EO S-3-05)
- Helps Identify the most optimum energy asset portfolio comprising of a combination of renewable energy sources, demand shifting strategies, distributed generation technologies and utility source. All technologies are analyzed and recommended with respect to technical feasibility, operational reliability, and/or cost effectiveness of these technologies.
- Identifies energy procurement options (natural gas and electricity) to help reduce operational costs.
- Helps create policies/standards and/or guidance on incorporating energy efficiency into new building design and/or renovation.
- Helps establish energy efficiency guidelines and standards for products and equipment that help save operational and maintenance costs.
- Helps develop a communications plan to raise user awareness through communications activities to implement behavior changes including turning off lights, powering down computers, using blinds etc.
- Identifies a plan for continually monitoring energy performance and recognizing achievements
If you’d like to learn more about the value that an energy master plan can bring to your company or campus system, please contact us at 562.497.2999.
Creating an Energy Master Plan written by Aravind Batra, PE, LC, LEED® AP BD+C
Principal and Senior Electrical Engineer