In partnership with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Benchmarking Energy Working Group provides details on how to use ENERGY STAR Porfolio Manager to comply with the City’s energy benchmarking ordinance; how to request whole building energy use information from the utilities; how to work with a recognized professional to verify building data; and how to report complete building data to the City of Chicago.
In September 2013, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago’s City Council adopted a building energy use benchmarking ordinance to raise awareness of energy performance through information and transparency, with the goal of unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities for businesses and residents.
In 2014, more than 340 buildings spanning 260 million square feet benchmarked, verified, and reported under the ordinance. In 2015, the Ordinance expands to include commercial and municipal buildings larger than 50,000 square feet.
This video provides an overview of the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance; explains covered properties and notification; reviews compliance timelines and requirements; provides benchmarking roles and checklists; and discusses support and resources.
The Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) is a joint effort by the US Department of Energy, the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the International Facility Management Association, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. The ILC is a recognition and guidance program designed to help facility owners and managers take advantage of savings opportunities from high efficiency interior lighting, with a specific focus on troffer lighting and associated controls. Troffers are the ubiquitous rectangular fixtures recessed or mounted to the ceiling, and represent half of all commercial fluorescent fixtures.
New technologies for troffers allow for energy savings of 60 percent, and much more when coupled with lighting controls. The ILC offers resources and limited technical assistance to those who join, and the potential for awards to those whose sites demonstrate exemplary performance.
IBM is working on a data center cooling system dubbed Thrive, which relies on a heat pump. The aim of the Thrive Project is to identify application scenarios for thermally driven heat pumps for heating and cooling in Switzerland. It will also develop heat pump technology with minimal electricity requirements designed for these scenarios, and analyze the impact of the technology on the energy landscape of Switzerland, including a sustainability assessment and benchmarking.
Carbon Engineering is working on the industrial-scale capture of CO2 from ambient air.
This video explains the technology behind direct capture of CO2 from the atmosphere and what Carbon Engineering is doing to commercialize air capture.
Grant Ervin, sustainability manager for they city of Pittsburgh, talks about district energy as an economic benefit in the city’s new real estate developments. In July, the city of Pittsburgh signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the US Department of Energy to develop a clean energy plan focused on district energy systems.
Dr. Avnaesh Jayantilal talks about the future of microgrids and how they will shape the world economy. Jayantilal joined Alstom Grid in 1999 and is currently Activity Director assisting electric utilities in enhancing grid operations and resiliency, business process optimization and customer satisfaction. Jayantilal is a Senior Member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), and a Member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Villa Charities installed a Combined Heat and Emergency Power (CHeP) System at its Villa Colombo Vaughan Seniors Centre in Ontario, Canada, in 2006. The video explains how the natural gas CHeP system works for the facility.
Four neighbors share their generated solar power at Missouri University of Science and Technology’s microgrid research project. The microgrid also powers a resident’s electric car and tests energy technology that could be used in future communities.