Preliminary Energy Assessment
Investing in our communities through improved energy efficiency in public buildings is a win-win opportunity for our communities and the state. Energy-efficient buildings reduce energy costs, increase available capital, spur economic growth, and improve working and living environments. The Preliminary Energy Assessment (PEA) Service provides a viable strategy to achieve these goals.
The PEA details recommendations for cost effective resource efficiency measures that could be implemented to reduce utility consumption and/or utility costs. SECO provides this service at no cost to the participating public entity.
The PEA includes the following:
- analysis of utility bills and other building information to determine energy and cost utilization indices of facilities;
- recommended maintenance procedures and capital energy retrofits;
- design and monitoring of customized procedures to control the run times of energy-using systems;
- informal on-site training for building operators and maintenance staff;
- follow-up visits to assist with the implementation of the recommendations and to determine savings associated with the project;
- development of an overall Energy Management Policy;
- assistance with the development of guidelines for efficiency levels of future equipment purchases; and
- facility benchmarking using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
PEA services apply to public indoor administrative or teaching facilities and infrastructure which are owned and operated by the public entity requesting the service. Buildings, facilities or infrastructure that is leased or rented by the entity are not eligible for these services.
Eligible entities include: Municipal and County Government, Independent School Districts, County Hospitals, Port Authorities, Major Airports, Public Water Authorities and Municipally-Owned Utilities (MOU’s).
The PEA Process
- The Public Entity Participant authorizes SECO's contractor to access their utility data directly from utility companies and determine square footage for each facility assessed.
- The SECO contractor calculates the energy performance of each facility and advises the participant of the facility performance results.
- If significant energy saving potential is identified, a Service Agreement is sent to the participant for signature, and a date is then set for an on-site visit to inspect selected facility(s). If the participant is not interested in proceeding beyond the bill analysis stage, energy cost and utilization indices are forwarded to the participant for their use.
- If a participant signs the Service Agreement, the following steps are taken:
- Participant designates a person to work with SECO and its contractor.
- SECO contractor conducts from one to five individual facility walk through assessments, depending on the number participant facilities.
- Based on the preliminary assessment and walk through findings, SECO's contractor prepares a report identifying energy cost and utilization indices for each participant’s facilities, recommended operation and maintenance procedures, capital energy projects and respective returns on investment, and available options for financing the projects.
- A presentation highlighting on-site findings and recommendations can be conducted by SECO and its contractor for the school board or the superintendent and top fiscal officer.
- SECO and its contractor remain technical resources to the participant in implementing recommended actions and projects for one year from the time the report is complete.
In addition to identifying and quantifying major cost-saving opportunities, SECO can work with the participant to identify and evaluate appropriate financing options to implement the projects.