ERI News and Industry Updates


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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Guidance for Building Operators Housing Essential Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 4, 2020 In these uncertain times, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recently provided guidance for building operators that have questions about steps to be taken for the operation of commercial buildings housing essential services staff. These steps are broken down into two categories: Non-HVAC measures: the most critical, highest priority actions HVAC measures: those …

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Persistence in Energy Savings From Retro-Commissioning Measures

March 31, 2020 Retro-commissioning, or RCx, can be an excellent, low-cost way to improve building energy efficiency, by improving the operation of existing equipment. However, energy savings don’t mean much if they don’t persist. Numerous factors including comfort complaints, occupancy changes, or even standard equipment maintenance, can reduce the persistence of RCx measures. Studies have found that RCx energy savings …

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How Much Money Does Smart Fleet Charging Save? 40%, for This California Bus Operator

March 29, 2020 The Bay Area’s Tri Delta transit is making the switch to electric busses, with the help of some novel technology. Fleet charging startup, Amply, is working with Tri Delta to reduce electricity use while expanding their electric fleet. Amply’s system is able to actively manage vehicle charging, minimizing demand and time-of-use rate charges. The active management is …

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