Program Deployment for Energy Trust of Oregon’s Production Efficiency Program
Energy Trust is an independent nonprofit corporation that manages ratepayer funds collected by utilities designated for energy efficiency and renewable energy development. Their mission is to “change how Oregonians produce and use energy by investing in efficient technologies and renewable resources that save dollars and protect the environment.”
We assist Energy Trust of Oregon in implementing their Production Efficiency program. As a Program Delivery Contractor, we work with hundreds of industrial customers to offer technical and financial support on behalf of Energy Trust of Oregon. To date, we have delivered over 160 million kWh in energy savings.
Field and Lab Testing of Mitsubishi’s Prototype Ductless Heat Pump (DHP) plus H2O Product for NEEA
Energy 350 was selected by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) to conduct lab and field tests of Mitsubishi’s prototype Ductless Heat Pump (DHP) plus H2O product. This product combines a ductless heat pump with a heat pump water heater into a single, integrated product. Energy 350 oversaw lab testing as well as conducted 13 months of field testing on 3 homes in Oregon; SW Portland, Gresham, and Bend.
Based on findings from the testing, a number of product improvements have already been implemented and additional product enhancements are underway. Our report can be found here: Combination Ductless Heat Pump Water Heater Lab and Field Test Results
Evaluation of Small and Medium Customer Strategic Energy Management for NEEA
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has been working with the industrial sector to create energy savings through delivery of Strategic Energy Management (SEM), which they define as a management system integrated into the planning and operational practices of a company in order to create reliable, persistent energy savings.
Energy 350 was selected to evaluate the energy savings resulting from the presence of SEM in industrial facilities. We performed a measure-level savings validation, a facility wide regression analysis, and an on-site validation for each participant. Our final report is published here.
In 2014 we kicked-off a three-year engagement with 1000 Broadway in downtown Portland. This effort includes a combination of capital improvements, retrocommissioning, and continuous commissioning to improve building performance. Through the course of our engagement, we will be measuring and verifying real world energy savings at the building meter. We believe strongly in retrocommissioning and are putting our money where our mouth is. We are funding 100% of the cost of this effort in the hopes of recouping this investment through savings based payments from 1000 Broadway and Energy Trust of Oregon.
Evaluation of Energy Savings Resulting from Strategic Energy Management (SEM) for NEEA
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has been working with the Northwest Food Processors Association to rally members to achieve energy savings through Strategic Energy Management. In 2013, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) stopped active support of Strategic Energy Management (SEM) programs in Northwest food processor facilities. After exiting, NEEA began monitoring activities associated with diffusion of the program outside of these facilities. To support this monitoring activity, the Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) agreed to share annual data from its members. NEEA selected Energy 350 to quantify the resulting energy savings. This was done using a top down regression model approach to normalize energy use for variables such as weather, production, etc. Our final report is published here.
Columbia Fruit Energy Study
Energy 350 worked with Columbia Fruit and BPA to study energy efficiency options related to a facility expansion. Multiple efficiency measures were studied and suggested for implementation including compressor, condenser and evaporator VFDs, oversized condensers, advanced defrost controls, walk-in heat recovery, and LED lighting with occupancy sensors. Total savings for the project exceeded 1,000,000 kWh/yr.
We remained on board in an advisor role throughout the installation process. Through this role, we commissioned the system, worked with the contractor to address punch-list items and conducted M&V to ensure efficient operation.