Refrigerant Regulations

New Refrigerant Regulations

Recently passed California and Federal climate regulations are aiming to curb global warming by reducing the impact of HFC refrigerants. While these regulations will not immediately impact existing refrigeration and HVAC systems, they will have the potential to impact choices for new equipment and retrofits in the coming years. Why Refrigerants? Many refrigerants, including the currently common class of Hydrofluorocarbons …

Financial benefits to Corporate Energy Upgrades

Unlocking the Non-Energy Benefits for Commercial Upgrades

Whether you’re changing out your HVAC, lighting, or performing tenant improvements, building decisions or ownership approval usually boil down to budget. Financial constraints are often the limiting factor when retrofitting systems or equipment. Sometimes facility upgrades can be justified with utility rebates, tax credits, discounts, or other monetary incentives to make your budget work. While this is effective, oftentimes the …

Submetering for Multi Tentant Properties

Submetering for Multi-Tenant Properties

For many multi-tenant property owners, the process of allocating utility costs along to tenants can be a challenge. While tenant spaces can be set up with direct utility meters, this doesn’t work well where tenant spaces may be reconfigured and built out differently for each new tenant’s needs. Pro-rating energy use by the square-footage of each tenant space can provide …

AESP 2021

AESP 2021: Reshaping Customer Engagement Technologies in a Remote Environment

At this year’s 31st annual conference for the Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) and presented virtually, ERI’s Engineering Manager Ethan Clifford will discuss strategies for benchmarking and remote data analytics during the era of COVID-19. On January 28th at 8:30am PT, the session will explore a tool that ERI has piloted and used to successfully identify energy savings potential …

CPUC Utility Batteries Blackouts

California approves utility-scale battery storage to avoid blackouts

California Approves Energy Storage Systems to Bolster Grid [ read Bloomberg article » ]Its Electric Grid Under Strain, California Turns to Batteries [ read New York Times article » ] The CPUC recently approved one of the largest utility-scale battery storage installations in the country, in an effort to improve grid resiliency. The approval came in the wake of rolling …

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 …