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Metering - FEMP’s Perspective Presentation to the Interagency Energy Management Task Force by Ab Ream, FEMP O&M Program Lead October 16, 2003 202-586-7230 [email protected] Ask not what a meter costs. Asks what it costs not to meter. . If Charlie could talk, he’d say:.

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Metering - FEMP’s Perspective
  • Presentation to the Interagency Energy
  • Management Task Force
  • by
  • Ab Ream, FEMP O&M Program Lead
  • October 16, 2003
  • 202-586-7230
  • [email protected]
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Ask not what a meter costs.

Asks what it costs not to meter.

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If Charlie could talk, he’d say:

Metering makes good sense- you can’t manage what you can’t measure. Without a comprehensive and common sense approach, energy and cost saving opportunities will surely be missed, particularly with respect to O&M.

hawthorne effect
HAWTHORNE EFFECT
  • Initial improvement in a process of production caused by the obtrusive observation of that process. The effect was first noticed in the Hawthorne plant of Western Electric. Production increased not as a consequence of actual changes in working conditions introduced by the plant's management but because management demonstrated interest in such improvements
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Pending Legislation would require:
  • Within 180 days – DOE, GSA & DoD, with representatives from the metering industry, utility industry, energy services industry, energy efficiency industry, national laboratories, universities and Federal facility energy managers, shall establish guidelines.
  • Implementation by FY 2010.
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The Tasks at Hand:
  • · Develop methods for calculating the cost and benefits of metering.
  • · Define options for alternative financing of metering.
  • Develop a process for preparing effective federal guidance on metering and the significance of the metering provisions contained in the 2003 comprehensive energy policy bill.
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9/25/03 Metering Workshop Attendance:

National Laboratories: 15

Metering Companies: 13

Federal Agencies: 10

Department of Energy/Regional Offices: 6

Consulting Companies: 6

ESCO/Utilities: 4

Universities: 1

Non-profit: 1 (Alliance to Save Energy)

Conference call 8-9 a.m.

Federal agencies: 10

FEMP HQ: 1

National Laboratories: 3

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Guidance should be REASONABLE.
  • Consider other program management reasons
    • better project identification,
    • improved operation and maintenance, and
    • continuous commissioning)
  • The effort can be a very cost effective stimulus to the energy program.
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Federal buildings are very diverse.
  • We need a FLEXIBLE framework for agencies to develop implementation plans that fit their situation.
  • Implementation plans should consider:
    • Specific constraints
    • Opportunities
    • Energy program management benefits
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Metering should eventually include all energy sources (and water as economically appropriate) for which data use could result in better resource management.
  • Sub-metering can include any meters on a multi-building facility beyond the utility revenue meter, or metering of large energy uses in an individual building.
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The guidance should present a screening process that identifies the potential cost effective use of the data from meters in those buildings that should have a priority for metering.
  • Guidance should outline a phased effort to start with easily accomplished, cost effective projects, and the use of early experience to refine follow-on efforts.
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Initial actions:
    • access to existing utility revenue meter pulse data, and
    • metering of obviously significant buildings using rules of thumb (e.g. annual energy use over $X0,000).
  • Follow-on phases would identify and prioritize additional buildings to be metered by a cost/benefit analysis based on assessment of the specific metering costs and related potential savings.
possible screening criteria
Possible Screening Criteria
  • Energy unit costs,
  • Ability to react to demand and charges
  • Bill aggregation
  • Total annual costs
  • Energy intensity per square foot
  • Potential energy savings projects
  • etc.
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Costs should include:
    • meter cost,
    • correct installation,
    • data acquisition,
    • communication,
    • software licensing,
    • wiring
    • in-house or contracted analysis.
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Guidance should address metering in ESPC’s and UESC’s
  • Technical guidance should be as flexible as practical, such as requiring web based communication protocols rather than specifying a protocol.
  • We should rely on private sector metering expertise.
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Metering program reporting should be made through a simple change to the existing annual agency energy report.
  • Exceptions for individual buildings should only be granted on the basis of security or economic justification based on the lack of savings to cover the costs.
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Next steps:
  • Prepare Draft Federal Advanced Metering Guidance
  • Distribute the Draft to Identified Stakeholders
  • Consider the Value of Holding an Advanced Metering
  • Workshop in Washington DC under 2 scenarios:
  • 1. Metering Provision in Comprehensive Energy
  • Legislation passes
  • 2. Metering Provision in Comprehensive Energy
  • Legislation does not pass, or is delayed.
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Thank you!

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