IPMVP stands for International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol. It serves as a guide for best practices in measuring, estimating, and reporting savings from energy and water conservation projects. IPMVP provides the framework for transparently and reliably reporting savings as required by SB1096. For more information on IPMVP and a free copy of the guidelines, please visit http://evo-world.org/index.php?lang=en.
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Our agency/institution already has a behavior-based energy management program in place; how do we request an exemption?
Agencies/institutions that have comprehensive behavior-based energy management programs in place, which were contracted before SB1096 was signed in 2012 are required to provide program descriptions and document successes using the appropriate forms. These forms can be obtained by emailing the State Energy Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SB1096 and statewide contract SW125 do not specify how savings are to be used. While investment in high-priority building efficiency projects is recommended, budgeting decisions must be made by each agency/institution.
If our agency/institution decides to upgrade or purchase new equipment, is prior approval from the State Energy Program Office required?
Prior approval from the State Energy Program Office (SEPO) is not required for equipment upgrades or for the purchase of new equipment. However, we encourage agencies/institutions to contact SEPO to help ensure your project is adequately documented.
Why was 2012 selected as the base year for agencies/institutions to have energy saving initiatives in place, why not 2013 or 2014?
The baseline year was designated by SB1096.
How are energy savings based on behavior management differentiated from savings already realized through equipment upgrades and other efficiencies?
The State Energy Program Office provides Project Exemption Forms for agencies/institutions to document existing programs that influence current energy usage. The Project Exemption Form can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
Each individual agency/institution sets the Energy Manager salary so that it fits within their current salary structure. The State Energy Program Office can provide agencies/institutions with salary ranges to consider in their salary setting process.
The job description for the Energy Manager position can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Energy Manager is the day-to-day quarterback for the program. They are responsible for implementing the program and tracking its results, and as such, their duties vary widely. The Energy Manager works to educate building occupants and maintenance personnel on behavior-based conservation techniques. The Energy Manager is also responsible for entering utility data into the energy accounting software and tracking the agency’s/institution’s savings.
No, the first phase of the program is strictly behavior based. There is no requirement to purchase metering equipment. The program will work with the equipment currently in place.