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Highlights from Yesterday’s Michigan Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards Ceremony

Highlights from Yesterday’s Michigan Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards Ceremony

As we reported on July 11, one of our retro-commissioning projects was a finalist for the Michigan Governor's 2016 Energy Excellence Award in the "Best Projects – Commercial (Private)" building category. We had nominated Matt Roman and Visteon for the award. 

Unfortunately, they were not selected as the winner. The Odawa Casino Resort, owned by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Petoskey won the award.

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Our Retro-Commissioning Project Short-Listed for Michigan Governor’s Energy Award

Our Retro-Commissioning Project Short-Listed for Michigan Governor’s Energy Award

One of Sieben Energy Associates' recent retro-commissioning projects has been recognized as one of three finalists for the Michigan Governor's 2016 Energy Excellence Award.

During 2015, we worked closely with Matt Roman, Director of Global Facilities and Real Estate at Visteon, a leading global automotive supplier, to perform retro-commissioning of their Grace Lake Corporate Center headquarters in conjunction with DTE Energy's Retro-Commissioning Pilot Program. We nominated Matt and Visteon for this well-deserved award earlier this year. DTE Energy is the electric utility that serves Detroit and much of southeastern Michigan.

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ComEd’s Efficiency Incentive Program Offers New Benefits to Electric Customers

ComEd’s Efficiency Incentive Program Offers New Benefits to Electric Customers

June saw the launch of the ninth year of ComEd's Smart Ideas for Your Business program of energy efficiency incentives for commercial and industrial customers. (ComEd is the electric utility that serves northern Illinois, including Chicago and its suburbs.) The utility's retro-commissioning program generated significant energy savings in the immediately preceding program year ending May 31, 2016. A total of 130 business customers of ComEd received more than $2.8 million in retro-commissioning service incentives over 12 months, yielding 260,000 megawatt-hours of energy reduction.

And the new program year underway in June is already bringing the benefits of the retro-commissioning incentive program to a host of new customers. For the current year, ComEd's goals include targeting energy savings of more than 280,000 megawatt-hours and distributing more than $3.44 million in service incentives. Service incentives are now available for ComEd customers whose buildings have as little as 100kW peak demand, with incentives of $10,000 to $100,000 available here.

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Retro-Commissioning and Existing Buildings: Increasing Value by Optimizing System Performance

Many people are familiar with the term "energy efficiency." The Energy Star label that has appeared on qualifying home appliances since 1992 has helped raise awareness of how everyday operations (refrigerating food, washing clothes, cooling air) can often be accomplished with less energy. And most Americans likely recognize the meaning of "going green." The media and many prominent companies have tossed around the "green" label so often in recent years that it has begun to lose its luster. Retro-commissioning has also been around for years, but it has far less popular recognition and advertising pull. Despite its potential to transform buildings across the country and dramatically reduce energy consumption, very few folks are familiar with—or have even heard of—the term "retro-commissioning." 

Commissioning in the context of new buildings is the process of verifying that all building systems are functioning properly and efficiently in accordance with design specifications. Building commissioning engineers focus on optimizing the building's performance to maximize occupant comfort while minimizing energy consumption: they ensure that components ordered by design firms, provided by vendors, and installed by subcontractors all work together effectively.

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