From: Chris Burns
To: Michael Wickenden, Contract Administrator
Subject: BED‟s October 2009 Report
We are pleased to submit the following report covering the period of October 1, 2009 to October 31, 2009. The report includes highlights over the period and the attached table covers costs and savings for the period.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
CC: TJ Poor of the VT DPS, Ann Bishop, Ed McNamara, Andrea McHugh of the VT PSB
BED Energy Efficiency Highlights
Large Commercial Services
; FAHC McClure – Had a meeting with the re-commissioning agent in regard to building
ventilation control improvements. There is much potential for savings, as the main air
handler utilizes many hundreds of horse power of fan energy. The intent is for BED to stay
closely involved to ensure a complete understanding of the savings strategies and that
appropriate electrical and process data is gathered to support any claimed energy savings. ; Burlington Airport/Geo-Targeting Project – The audit report has been completed, and a
meeting between Airport Management, EVT and BED was held in to discuss the list of
proposed energy saving measures. EVT presented a proposal which packaged a number of
the most cost-effective measures together, and which provides a rebate should all measures
be completed within 2 years. A total investment of roughly $1.3M is involved, with an
annual electrical savings estimated at over $200,000. Estimated electrical reduction: 1,400
MWH of annual electrical energy, and about 250 kW.
; Burlington School District / Flynn School Boiler Upgrade - Obtaining paperwork and
documentation to allow rebate forms for the project to be processed, and payments made to
; ICF Macro International – Performed energy audit for customer recommending efficiency
improvements in the area of lighting.
; UVM – Performed energy analysis of site safety „Blue Light‟ fixtures where an LED retrofit
kit is being proposed.
; Fortieth Burlington LLC – Started the compressed air optimization improvements as
recommended and is approximately 90% complete. BED completed the pre test on the
existing 25 HP air compressor and is waiting for the four energy efficiency measures to be
completed before a final post test is conducted. Project is still ongoing. ; Waste Water Treatment Plant – North Plant: Energy usage data was downloaded from the
logging equipment attached to the new K-Turbo aeration blower, which included over one
month of operation history. This has been combined on a spreadsheet with additional logged
process data, which includes blower cfm, water dissolved oxygen levels, process temp., and
plant effluent flow. Additional energy data will be gathered again later in the year, to view
energy usage during colder weather. This will help to estimate energy usage and savings
throughout a full year of operation.
; Waste Water Treatment Plant – Main Plant – Installed data logging equipment for the
monitoring of the energy use of the existing 200 HP aeration blower, which will be used as a
baseline for energy savings calculations associated with the future install of a Turbo-style
aeration blower. Data will be collected for several weeks, to gather long-term kW trend
information across variations in process water temperature and plant flow loading. ; Leahy Center (ECHO) – Completed a building walk-through hosted by the Facilities
Manager. A second visit allowed BED to install temporary energy monitoring equipment to
estimate the cost of running a number of small fish-water cooling units used in the rear of the
facility for special aquarium projects. The intent is to calculate savings associated with the
use of the central chiller plant to obtain the cooling process water instead of these small,
expensive, and inefficient cooling devices. BED also estimated the savings associated with
replacing several hundred MR16 type low voltage track lamps in the facility with “IR” type
versions using less wattage. Other energy saving measures are in the process of being
; City Market – Provided a proposal to the customer with savings associated with replacing
75W metal halide track lights with LED-based track light assemblies. Also packaged with
the proposal is replacement of their fluorescent reach-in case lighting with LED models.
Combined annual savings are 92,000 kWh and 12 kW, which amounts to a savings of over
$8,000 per year.
; Gilbane / General Dynamics – Assisted a consultant engineer to obtain representative foot-
candle light meter readings for locations throughout this facility. The info is required
because the customer is completing a process to obtain an Energy Star rating for the building.
Smaller Commercial Services
; Select Design – Working with a local compressor distributor to obtain logging data that will
help determine the most efficient approach to upgrading the customer‟s compressor system.
Installation of new machinery has increased the air compressor load, and purchase of a right-
sized compressor with variable loading capability will likely have a financial benefit with
; BED Re-Commissioning – Continuing to work on savings projections and project cost
estimates for various energy saving measures uncovered in Phase I of the building re-
commissioning process. Presently looking at the best options for packaged boiler
replacement, to maximize efficiency and also rebate money from Vt Gas Systems. The Ideal
meter was installed to the AHU East SA fan to determine the electrical consumption as well
as the operating hours. This information will assist in analyzing the savings for reduced
operating hours as was recommended by CX Associates in their re-commissioning report. ; USPS – Educating the customer as to the process of obtaining a rebate for a lighting retro-fit
which upgrades lighting throughout this facility. The project is expected to be completed in
; Momentum Physical Therapy – Performed energy audit for customer recommending
efficiency improvements in the area of lighting and HVAC controls.
; Tax Max - Performed energy audit for customer recommending efficiency improvements in
the area of lighting and lighting controls.
; Creative Habitat (moving to former Ashley‟s Furniture space) – working with customer on
new major renovation project on energy efficiency measures in the area of lighting power
density and HVAC equipment efficiency.
; Skinny Pancake – Performed follow-up review of implemented energy efficiency measures. ; Burlington College – Completed a lighting survey energy audit of the entire facility. A cost
benefit energy savings analysis was completed for retrofitting fluorescent T12 light fixtures
with HPT8 lamps and ballasts
; Burlington Country Club – Starting the refrigeration upgrade for two walk-in coolers and
one freezer along with some lighting upgrade improvement recommended by BED. Ongoing. ; Fern Hill (62-unit senior housing complex)- completed energy audit and made several
recommendation to improve lighting and HVAC controls.
New Construction/Equipment Replacement Services
; Marriott – Working with the customer to obtain documentation and supply rebate
information concerning a 34-room expansion at the existing building. This is a planned
Phase II portion of the original project, which was completed several years ago. ; UVM (Jeffords Hall) – Continued with energy savings analysis for the lab hood variable air
volume exhaust system. Working with Vermont Gas as there are strong gas savings
opportunities. Still ongoing.
; Burlington Country Club – A new addition to the main facility is now in progress. A set of
architectural drawings will soon be set to BED for EE code compliance review. ; Vermont Energy Star Homes (VESH) - There are currently seven on-going
projects enrolled in the program.
; North Avenue (former Thayer School)- Have been contacted by Cathedral Square
Corporation to discuss their plans for 40-unit senior housing development project.
Efficient Retail Products
; Energy Star Refrigerator rebates – In 2009: 54 refrigerators.
; Energy Star Clothes Washers: In 2009: 138 washers.
; Energy Star Air conditioner rebates – In 2009: 82 air conditions.
; Energy Star Dehumidifier rebates- In 2009: 80 dehumidifiers.
; ECOS 80 Units (Internal Power Supply PC savings) rebates - In 2009: 375 units.
; Energy Star CFL bulb rebates- In 2009: 14,130 units.
; Energy Star Hardwired CFL fixtures (including table and floor lamps, ceiling fans and LED
downlights) rebates- In 2009: 176 units rebated.
Existing Residential Buildings
; Since Jan 1, 2009, 3 electric space heat conversions have been completed. ; Since Jan 1, 2009, 26 electric hot water conversions have been completed. ; Since Jan 1, 2009, 12 high efficiency\ECM motor ENERGY STAR furnaces have been
; Since Jan 1, 2009, 3 ENERGY STAR Central AC systems have been installed. ; Since Jan 1, 2009, 5 electric to natural gas clothes dryer replacements have been completed. ; Residential Energy Services - use of power cost appliance meters continues. 12 power cost
appliance monitors are out on loan to customers as of this time. This is typically a busy time
of year as folks prepare for the heating season. There were over 56 incoming calls. ; High bill investigations - visited 7 locations.
; All fuels Energy Audits- Completed seven audits.
; Processed 7 fuel switch domestic hot water changes, 3 efficient furnace ECM blower motors,
4 VGS direct install CFL projects, and 10 early replacement refrigerator projects. ; Continue to encourage customer participation in the low-income weatherization. ; In 2009, the Champlain Valley Low-income Weatherization Service has completed 14
Burlington projects and currently has 10 additional units enrolled.
Load Response Program
; Champlain College – We are in contact with VP of Campus Planning to discuss the inclusion
of the college into the program.
Communications & Public Relations
; We had a successful Button Up home weatherization workshop at City Hall on Oct. 21. BED,
VGS and CVWS also presented available services.
; We continue to plan for the roll-out of CEAD (Community Energy Assessment District)
financing program now named the Burlington POWER (Property- owners win with energy
efficiency and renewables) Program, a PACE initiative. We‟ll be discussing a public
relations/education campaign to get the voters up to snuff on the details of the program.
More details are available at:
; We have winners for the 2010 energy efficiency calendar. It was great that all six elementary
schools participated this year.
; We kicked off the new Climate Action Plan at an event at Firehouse Gallery. ; Working with the mayor‟s office and BPD to get the new no idling ordinance enforced in the
; BED will have a presence at the REV (Renewable Energy Vermont) conference.