New, stricter, compliance legislation is slated for 2017-2020!
"Dirty" energy is electricity that picks up harmonics due to a variety of reasons (imbalanced loading across phases, AC to DC conversion (needed for electronics), cavitation, energy spikes, etc.). Harmonics in power systems result in increased heating in equipment and conductors, misfiring in variable speed drives, and torque pulsations in motors. Ideally, any company--regardless of industry--would like to minimize harmonics as much as possible.
Imagine a glass of beer, with a head of foam. The liquid is available energy for you to use; the foam is dirty energy that is unusable, although you still pay for it. You pay for the entire glass of beer, even though you only want the liquid. You are paying for energy you can't even use.
Throughout California the Title 24 energy standards address the energy efficiency of new (and altered) homes and commercial buildings. Title 24's aim is to: reduce energy costs; increase reliability and availability of electricity; improve building occupant comfort, and reduce environmental impact of energy. In 1978 the California legislature enacted the Title 24 energy standards. The standards are contained within Title 24, part 6 of the California Code of Regulations. All buildings are required to be in compliance, enforced through local building codes.
POWER MONITORING: QUICKLY REDUCE CAPITAL EXPENSES
ECO-1 provides facility owners, managers and Operations personnel with refined information to identify the cause of operational inefficiencies, helping improve bottom-line results. The automated ECO-1 system focuses on identifying energy and cost savings in lighting, power quality and heating and air conditioning systems. Once identified and quantified through metrics and dashboard summaries, the cause of the inefficiency or power quality issue can be eliminated or minimized, reducing energy usage and cost. Once the inefficiencies are eliminated, equipment life is extended, reducing the total cost of operations and improving environmental comfort. ECO-1 typically provides a 10%-20% reduction in energy usage and cost savings with a typical installed payback of 12 months or less.
Energy Efficiency begins with understanding your power consumption, how efficient you are using your power, and what you can do to reduce costs and increase efficiency. But who has the time or knowledge to understand harmonics, evenly-distributed load factor, circuit nuisance trips, and the like? Escalating energy costs continue to impact the bottom line of most businesses. In particular, businesses operating in buildings that are 10+ years old are at the greatest risk of running excessively high energy consumption and will benefit the most from the adaption of a comprehensive energy monitoring system.
In the past there have been four main sources of energy: Oil, Gas, Coal, and Hydro. Now, a "fifth fuel" is being heralded for economic growth: energy efficiency. While not a fuel source in the traditional sense, it is nevertheless a valuable resource with a vast reservoir that stands to benefit companies of all sizes. The private sector recognizes that retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency brings substantial rewards. Millions of dollars in fuel and electricity can be saved by replacing outdated boilers and chillers, installing high-efficiency LED lighting, fixing leaky windows and doors, installing or updating building automation systems, and adding renewable energy systems.
Fortunately, there are products like ECO-1 that can monitor, analyze, and manage the power infrastructures for any size organization. In addition to substantial savings on monthly energy bills (as much as 20% savings), your actual power costs can be accurately and fairly billed to departments, projects, or tenants.
Cost analysis suggests that improvements in the energy efficiency of buildings actually increases the net present value – that is, the savings over the life of the investments more than pay for the initial cost.
An example of a successful high profile, Energy Efficiency Retrofit is the $20 million retrofit project of the Empire State Building in New York City, launched in 2009. The project is expected to reduce energy use by up to 38% and cut energy costs by $4.4 million per year.