Executive Summary

Scorecard  Results

An assessment of current energy  management efforts is being performed; current performance falls primarily into AGGRESSIVE category on the Energy Scorecard.  GMU  has initiated action in all of the (five) key focus areas and is poised to  obtain solid results in each area. In particular, the assessment revealed the  following Strengths in the current efforts and initiatives:

  • Energy Data Management – The University has established a comprehensive program for collecting and analyzing  monthly energy billing information, utilizing a desktop software program called  EnergyCap.
    This effort will produce a  comprehensive database of facility, usage and cost information that is  available
    for use in monitoring excessive variations, identifying and recovering billing errors, and targeting facilities
    for follow-up  evaluation.  Load profiles are available for each building on the Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William campuses.
  • Energy Supply Management -All facilities have been placed on individual meters to track energy consumption and demand.  Competitive gas supply  contracts are already in place.  Current  sources of electricity and natural gas have been reliable and competitively  priced.  While current prices can and will change in the future,
    we will seek ways to minimize the volatility of market pricing through contracts or in conjunction with the
    Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Energy Use in Facilities – All facilities have at least minimal control for key systems, e.g. time clocks and manual overrides for HVAC and lighting; All facilities have more  sophisticated control systems installed.
    Recommended temperature ranges have been established – 70 degrees  Fahrenheit for heating mode and 76 degrees Fahrenheit for cooling mode.  Usage and cost of energy and utilities is  being tracked and reviewed for each facility. Energy reduction opportunities have been identified and implemented where financial benefit was established.
  • Equipment Efficiency – Checklists  have been developed to require that equipment is placed in optimal condition when  facilities are shutdown.  A maintenance  program is in place to ensure that equipment and systems are operating  reliably; HVAC system maintenance includes filter changes, coil cleaning and quarterly inspections.  HVAC systems are  being rehabilitated or replaced in conjunction with optimization efforts to  improve energy use and cost where such action is shown to be  cost-effective.
  • Organization Integration – An energy  management team is in place to monitor day-to-day operations for energy  management.  Some elements of a University wide energy awareness program are being developed
    and will include  involvement of the administration, students, faculty and employees.  All operating units whose
    activities affect  energy use and cost will be identified. Financing options for energy related projects will include
    performance contracts, and profits from the energy curtailment program.