Following a rigorous application and review process, Sieben Energy Associates (SEA) has qualified as a System and Service Provider for the Commercial Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) Program from New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).
SEA is the only Chicago-based or Illinois-based firm listed as a System and Service Provider on the Qualified Vendor page on NYSERDA's website. Through its involvement in the monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) program in the Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) service territory of northern Illinois, SEA has significant experience designing and delivering RTEM-type projects. ComEd's MBCx program is described on the utility's retro-commissioning page.
NYSERDA describes its RTEM Program as follows:
Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) uses technologies to collect data about a building, and uses that data to optimize the building's energy usage. Sensors, meters, and other equipment, along with data analytics and building data information services, show how the building is actually performing at any point in time.
This program supports building owners and building management companies and the RTEM system and service providers who help them to select, install, and use appropriate RTEM systems. NYSERDA offers cost-shared incentives for both the installation of systems and the post-installation information services. The program requires building owners and managers to engage a post-installation service provider. Service providers analyze energy usage data at the site, and make customized suggestions for operations, maintenance, and capital improvements.
Unlike ComEd's performance-based incentive program, NYSERDA's cost-share incentive program partially funds system installation and ongoing services for up to five years. Two incentive options are available, depending on whether the cost of system installation is paid up-front or imbedded in recurring services fees.
RTEM goes much further than an energy audit or assessment, or even a traditional retro-commissioning project. By analyzing large quantities of very granular data, SEA identifies relatively low-cost opportunities for building optimization without sacrificing—and often actually enhancing—occupant comfort and productivity. Such data-driven solutions would be impossible to find without the sensors and software that comprise the system. Innovative building owners and managers are beginning to see the power of data analytics to drive cost reduction and performance improvement.
SEA is eager to partner with eligible building owners or management companies that are ready and able to participate in the RTEM program. Facilities must be located in New York State and must be customers of certain electricity utilities that operate in New York State. Many different types of buildings, including office, retail, healthcare, colleges and universities, state and local government, not-for-profit and private institutions, and public and private K-12 schools, may be eligible to participate.