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    Environmental and Energy Management Program

    EMSE 227: Analytical Tools for Energy Management

    Course Syllabus

Fall 2008, Wednesdays, 7:10 pm 9:40 pm Jigar V. Shah, Ph.D.

    Course Location: Room 148, 1776 G Street Fax: 1-831-303-9221

    E&EM web page: Home: 703-281-2103

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Course Description

The course is organized to promote the following notions:

    ; Undertake a “no regrets” attitude to move toward greater energy efficiency.

    ; Though fossil fuels pose a dilemma, extract maximum energy from old standbys while minimizing

    harm to the environment.

    ; Emerging economies can develop without further harm to the environment. Effect the change

    through economic reforms and renewable energy.

    ; Many commercial and industrial processes are sub-optimal with regard to efficient energy use.

    More must be done.

    The course is designed to provide analytical tools to new professionals entering the world of energy management. It provides an overview of energy management, understanding of energy costs, appreciation for where they are incurred and how to reduce them. The context for energy management is a commercial or industrial facility with energy usage that is significant and involves complex systems.

    Topics of interest include energy audits, life cycle costing, renewable energy systems, distributed generation, and improvement of efficiency through an understanding of combustion systems, process energy use, lighting, maintenance practices, and control systems.


     Home Work 10%

     Mid-term exam 20%

     Course project 30%

     Final exam 30%

     Class participation 10%



    Barney L. Capehart, Wayne C. Turner, and William J. Kennedy

    Fairmont Press

    ISBN: 0-88173-477-2

    EMSE 227


    Session Topics Assignments #1 Introduction to Energy Management Read Chapter 1 Sept 3 Definition; Motivation; Basics: Design of a Program; Do Problem 1.4 a) to f)

     Execution of a Program; Program Metrics.

    #2 Energy Audit Process Read Chapter 2 Sept 10 Preparing for an Energy Audit; Facility Inspection; Do Problem 2.6, pp 514

     Implementation of Audit Recommendations.

    #3 Understanding Energy Markets Read Chapter 3 Sept 17 Electricity, gas, coal, oil Do Problem 1.6

     Turn in Project Proposal #4 Understanding Energy Bills

    Sept 24 Electric; Gas; Fuel Oil and Coal; Steam and Chilled Water; Read Chapter 4;

     Water and Wastewater; Monthly Energy Bill Analysis; Do homework problem

     Actions to Reduce Electric Costs; Utility Incentives and using figure 3-10

     Rebates; Electric Utility Competition and Deregulation.

    #5 Economic Analysis and Life Cycle Costing Skim Chapter 9 Oct 1 Cost; Simple Payback; DCF Analysis; Cost Analysis Do Problem 4.1

     Methodology; Cost Effectiveness Measures; Life Cycle

     Costing; Taxes and Depreciation; Inflation; Energy Financing

     Options; Software.

    #6 Energy Project Financing Skim Chapters 10 & 11 Oct 8 Accuracy of Cost Estimates; Methods of Financing; Do Problem 4.2

     Examples; EIA Fun Quiz.

    Read Chapter 5 #7 Mid-Term Examinations

     Oct 15

    #8 Lighting Read Chapter 6 Oct 22 Benefits; Components: Maintenance: Relamping; Survey; Do Problem 5.1

     Regulatory and Safety Issues; Opportunities Project Progress Review

#9 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Skim through Chapters 7, 8

    Oct 29 How HVAC works: Equipment; Systems: Production of hot and 12

     and cold fluids; Load Calculations; Ventilation Do Problems 6.1 and 6.2

    #10 Industrial Energy Management Read Chapter 13 Nov 5 Energy Systems; Motors; Air Compressors; Steam; DOE



Session Topics Assignments

#11 Presentations and Review Read Chapter 14

    Nov 12 Project Final Report Presentations; Review for Final Turn in: Project Final

     Examination Reports

#12 Presentations

    Nov 19 Project Final Report Presentations

#13 Final Examination

    Dec 3

    Important note: Students are reminded that the provisions of the GW Code of Academic Integrity apply fully to this course. Any questions on this matter should be referred to the instructor.


    EMSE 227: Energy Management

    Course Project Instructions

Project Overview

    A significant part of the course will entail the development of a research project dealing with energy management. Project deliverables will consist of the following:

    1. A short (1-2 page) written project proposal; Sept 20

    2. A brief (3-5 minute) oral proposal and progress presentation: Oct 25

    3. A 10-15 minute oral project final summary presentation; November 29

    4. A concise (maximum 20 page) written final project summary report, due at time of


Project Selection

Projects may be developed in one of four categories:

    Case Studies. Case studies may involve investigations into specific energy conservation or management projects. Examples of such case studies include major facility energy surveys or audits, and installation of major cogeneration projects.

    Analytical Investigations. Projects in this category can focus on the analysis of major topics in the areas of technology, law or policy as related to energy management. Examples include inquiries into recent developments in energy-saving technologies or investigations into the results of recent applications of relatively new technologies (such as compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), high pressure sodium lamps, new control technologies, or new applications of cogeneration).

     Current Issues. Projects in this category would focus on current developing issues. For example, such projects could investigate recent developments in the area of energy management law, major active litigation or major rule making processes (such as the recent FERC regulations governing retail wheeling of electrical power).

    Miscellaneous. Since the purpose of this project is to stimulate creativity and not to artificially restrict the range of acceptable topics, any other current, relevant or appropriate topic related to a major subject involving energy management may be acceptable.


Project Deliverables

    Due on September 17 is the project proposal. It is to contain, at a minimum two-page maximum length) the following elements:

Statement of the problem/case study

    ; What is it?

    ; Why is it of interest?

    ; Description of the project

    ; What is proposed to be done?

    ; What sources do you anticipate using?

    ; Identification of project tasks

    ; Schedule of project tasks and work assignments

    On October 22, project oral progress reports are scheduled. Each progress report should be limited to a 3-5 minute time frame. Oral progress reports shall contain information such as the following:

    ; Description of the project

    ; Summary of project tasks, schedules and work assignments

    ; Status of progress on the tasks

    ; Modifications to the tasks, schedule and assignments since the proposal submission

    ; Significant preliminary findings

    On November 12 and 19, the project presentations are scheduled. Each presentation should be approximately 10- 15 minutes long including some time for questions. The final written report is due on November 12.

Additional Instructions

The course project will comprise 25% of the overall course grade.

    Grading for the various project deliverables are as follows:

     Written project proposal 10%

     Oral progress report 10%

     Presentation 30%

     Written final report 50%

     Total 100%

    Grades for all deliverables will be based on criteria such as substance and relevance, logic and unity, clarity, syntax and grammar, and appearance. In addition, failure to comply with maximum length specifications will subject deliverables to reductions in grade.

    Regarding formats for written reports, there are many published guidelines on technical report writing, some of which are prepared by engineering organizations for internal use. Any standard format can be used for the written reports required as part of the course project. One widely accepted such guideline, which is available in the Gelman Library, is A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian, University of Chicago Press, 1989.

For oral reports, please bring your presentations on a flash drive so we can use the class set up for



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