January 2012                                                                                           PSE.com/ForYourBusiness
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In This Issue
Bellevue Collection Benefits from RCM
Instant Rebates for Commercial Lighting
Holly Townes Touts Commissioning of Buildings to CREW
Green Power Ad Program
BetterBricks Awards
West Coast Energy Management Congress
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Most of us know that New Year's Resolutions are commonly associated with weight loss and healthy eating habits. We also know that very few of these New Year's Resolutions are successful. What if we were to resolve to change our habits associated with energy use? Many behavior changes are easily achievable, like turning the computer off at night and shutting down other office equipment when not in use. Wise use of energy can successfully reduce your utility bills while supporting a healthier bottom line. Make your resolution for wise energy management - it is a resolution that can succeed at every business.

Bellevue Collection Benefits from Resource Conservation Management 

 

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Glen Bachman from Kemper Development Company (KDC) says they began the Resource Conservation Manager (RCM) program because "it was the right thing to do and it was seen as a best practice." But now in its third year of an RCM grant agreement with PSE, KDC has seen a significant reduction in operating costs at its "Bellevue Collection," an urban center that includes Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square in downtown Bellevue.

                                                                                                                     

"We came to realize that there was a massive opportunity for savings through low-cost and no-cost changes in behaviors and operations," said Bachman.

 

Included in KDC's RCM program is 3,649,375 sq. ft. in seven buildings. The baseline energy use at these facilities was 19, 643,661 kWh, but during the last two years KDC has achieved an 8.1 percent reduction in electricity use, or 1,600,000 kWh per year. That calculates out to $145,500 per year in cost savings.

 

PSE's RCM program provides financial incentives and support for hiring Resource Conservation Managers at customer organizations. An RCM focuses on improvements to operations and maintenance practices for the use of electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater, solid waste and recyclables.

 

The dedicated RCM at Kemper monitors the energy meters for all KDC buildings, detecting and analyzing any spikes in energy use. The RCM is responsible for communicating with facilities managers about energy use issues and is also involved with any capital retrofits of the buildings.

 

Some of the easiest changes KDC has implemented were lighting retrofits. "Energy-efficient lighting is a no-brainer," said Bachman. "We started seeing savings almost immediately when we changed from incandescent lamps to LEDs."

 

Good candidates for the RCM program are PSE customers with at least one million square feet of conditioned space and an annual utility/resource budget of over two million dollars. Visit PSE.com for more information on PSE's RCM program.

Take Advantage of Instant Rebates for Commercial Lighting 

 

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PSE is making it easier than ever for commercial customers to get rebates for purchasing energy-efficient lighting options with the instant rebate program. Through approved vendors, the instant rebate program allows commercial customers to get discounts at the time of purchase for eligible lighting products.

 

That's right, an instant rebate at the time of purchase, and any PSE commercial electric customer is eligible. There is no paperwork involved and the participating vendors already know which products qualify, so it couldn't be easier. Just bring a copy of your energy bill to one of the participating vendors on the attached list and purchase the lamps. 

 

See the chart below for the amount of the instant rebates offered for various  lighting products. 

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PSE's Holly Townes Touts the Commissioning of Existing Buildings to Commercial Real Estate Women 

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PSE's Senior Energy Management Engineer Holly Townes, PE wowed the crowd at last month's meeting of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) in Seattle when she began her presentation with a green energy quiz comprised of three questions:

 

  • What is the greenest energy? It is the energy that you do not use.
  • What uses the most energy in the United States - cars or buildings? Buildings
  • What has the biggest impact on energy use in buildings - design or operations? Operations

Holly's presentation focused on PSE's Building Energy Optimization Program (BEOP) which provides excellent incentives for commissioning of existing buildings. PSE customers who participate in this program are already saving 6-50 percent of total building energy use.

 

How do you know if your building might benefit from the commissioning process? If the energy bills seem high, the occupants are complaining about discomfort, or perhaps there have been many changes and remodel projects since the building was originally constructed.

 

PSE's program offers funding to evaluate the operations of existing building systems and provide very cost-effective energy-efficiency recommendations with a payback period of less than two years. An important aspect of the BEOP program is that it can help owners to make existing buildings more efficient without any major capital expense.

 

PSE customers are eligible for the BEOP program if their building is more than three years old, is larger than 50,000 sq. ft., and at least 75 percent occupied. For more information about the Building Energy Optimization Program, visit PSE.com or contact an Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482.

Have you Re-Energized Your Business with Green Power?

 

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If so, we want to help you tell your story. PSE's Green Power Program is looking for 100 percent Green Power businesses to showcase in regional publications and participant newsletters. Every year, we advertise in nearly 15 regional papers, including the Puget Sound Business Journal. This is a great way to spread word of your commitment within your business and customer community, you may also inspire others to follow your lead.

 

Tell us that you are interested by emailing us, or click here to learn more. And if your business isn't already a 100 percent Green Power we'll create a proposal for you based on your company's annual electric usage. Just email us today at greenpower@pse.com, and we'll show you how easy it is to Re-Energize your business with Green Power!

 

BetterBricks Awards to Honor Energy Stars of the Puget Sound Region

 

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The BetterBricks Awards salute the individuals leading the way for high performance commercial buildings with an emphasis on energy efficiency. From the building owners who pay for them, the designers and engineers who design them and the building operations staff and service professionals who keep them running at peak performance - all have critical roles to play.

 

The annual BetterBricks Awards program celebrates the people behind the best projects in the Northwest. The result: a greater number of buildings that offer improved energy efficiency, bottom line benefits and a reduced carbon footprint.

 

The BetterBricks Awards take place in Seattle on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel - Marriot. This year's keynote speaker will be Kevin Kampschroer, Director of Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, U.S. General Service Administration. Visit www.BetterBricks.com for more information about this event.

West Coast Energy Management Congress Coming to Seattle            May 23-24, 2012

 

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Mark your calendar now for the 30th Annual West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) to be held on May 23-24, at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle.

 

The West Coast EMC is the largest energy conference and technology expo held on the U.S. West Coast specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users. It brings together the top experts in all areas of the field to help you set a clear, optimum path to energy efficiency, facility optimization and sustainability, as well as innovative solutions to improve your ROI. The multi-track conference covers a variety of topics, many specific to the region. The full West Coast EMC 2012 agenda includes the two-day conference and expo, as well as several optional intensive seminars.

 

West Coast EMC's Pacific Northwest Green showcase, co-presented by the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR, will also be a prominent part of the event for 2012. Here you can examine firsthand the latest green / sustainable / environmentally friendly energy technologies now available for both new design and retrofit projects. If you are interested in exhibiting in the Pacific Northwest Green showcase area of West Coast EMC 2012, click here.

 

Visit www.energyevent.com for more information about the West Coast EMC. 

We hope that this issue has provided you with some ideas and resources to improve energy efficiency at your business. Let us know if you have ideas for future articles. Please look for our next issue in April 2012.

Thanks for using energy wisely,
Your energy specialists at Puget Sound Energy