Wildfire Resilience Plan

Preparing for Future Wildfires with a Resilience Plan

Fire season is upon us. Due to California’s recent storms, there are multiple thousand-acre fires across the state that are threating homes, business, and utility infrastructure. This is nothing new from previous fire seasons in California but as time progresses, we learn new ways and methods to adapt to these conditions in the short term. During 2020, all California utilities …

SEM Energy Efficiency

How to leverage SEM with your Facilities

July 16, 2020 One of the most complex barriers to a successfully energy efficiency project is educating the staff and other stakeholders on how and why energy is being saved. It is quite common for systems to revert back to “normal” after implementing system upgrades that significantly reduce the energy savings and all the great work that was performed. Strategic …

Energy Efficient Energy Data

Introduction to the Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER)

July 9, 2020 Click to view larger image » On Wednesday July 15th at 11am PT, ERI Principal Eric Noller will join Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Johnson Controls, and other industry partners to present the beta release of the BETTER tool. BETTER is an open-source, web-based tool which converts readily-available monthly energy data into recommended energy efficiency interventions. This live …

Energy Efficient Data Center

Energy Efficient Data Centers

Data centers can be extremely energy intensive. The server hardware in even a small data center will account for hundreds of kilowatts of demand. Not only that, but kilowatts of computer hardware generate kilowatts of heat, which then has to be cooled to keep the servers running. Energy efficient data centers can be developed from the ground up to minimize …

ASHRAE Building Readiness

Building Readiness recommendations from ASHRAE

June 12, 2020 During the past few months, the majority of commercial buildings have significantly ramped down their occupancy to being vacant. As buildings now prepare for reopening, the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning (ASHRAE) created an Epidemic task for to provide recommendations and guidance for getting buildings ready for the workforce. The guidance is a great …

On-bill Financing

On-Bill Financing (OBF)

June 2, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic is having wide-reaching, uncertain, and potentially long-lasting economic impacts. This is a double-edged sword for energy efficiency. On one hand, energy efficiency projects are a great tool for businesses looking to reduce costs without compromising on their services. However, energy efficiency projects often require a level of financial investment that may be difficult to …

Energy Efficient Audits

Remote Energy Efficiency Audits

May 27, 2020 One of the most cost-effective methods to improve your building or facilities is through energy efficiency projects. They reduce your utility costs, improve the life of your equipment, and can provide improved functionality to your systems. Energy efficiency projects can be as simple as setpoint adjustments, scheduling modifications, and motor speed optimization with more complex upgrades such …

Reducing energy while under lockdown

Three Impactful Strategies to Reduce Energy Costs During Lockdown

Building managers, owners, and operators are finding ways to reduce operating costs for their unoccupied buildings while shelter in place orders for COVID-19 remain in effect for many areas. With these significant changes to building occupancy and facilities management, ERI has received questions about what energy management strategies should be considered. There are some simple actions that can be taken …

City of San Francisco Benchmarking Ordinance Push Back Deadline to July 1st , 2020

April 20, 2020 In 2009, the City of San Francisco implemented a taskforce to target reduce emissions for existing commercial buildings within the City. The result from the taskforce was the creation of the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance which would require buildings to perform energy audits and benchmarking on a routine basis. The San Francisco Environment Code Chapter …

California Time of Use Changes for Electrical Utilities

April 10, 2020 In California, a common electrical billing structure is Time-of-Use (TOU) which various the billing rates based on the time of the day, season, and weekends. Starting in November 2020, the CPUC has approved a change to the TOU schedule to adjust for the shift in the CA electrical grid resulting from a change to renewable sources and …