20x2020 Newsletter | July 15, 2015

July 2015  

Director’s Update

Welcome to fiscal year 2016. Everyone is now working into their new budgets and getting a feel for what FY16 is going to be like. As you can see, the format of the newsletter has changed slightly. We will send out the newsletter once a month and provide more detailed information on program successes as well as lessons learned.

One of my tasks as director of the 20x2020 program is finding ways to assist organizations in our program in succeeding with our goals. An EnergyCAP data review for organizations that are up-to-date with information indicates the cost of electricity per kW has increased over 10 percent in the past 12 months. Most of this increase is due to fuel adjustment increases on the utility bills. We will see increases in the base utility cost in the coming months and years. Can your organization’s budget handle another 5, 10 or 15 percent increase in electricity bills? Is your organization succeeding in its preparations to mitigate these increases?

I would like to offer to come visit your organization and talk about your progress in the 20x2020 program. This would afford me an opportunity to learn more about you and your organization as well as providing you an update on how the 20x2020 program is operating. All I am asking in return is your time to tell me about your organization. Please contact me through the program email address, 20x2020@omes.ok.gov, and I will get back with you to make arrangements.

Craig Cherry

Director, 20x2020

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Success Story: Northern Oklahoma College

Northern Oklahoma College has consistently proven itself to be an exemplary leader in implementing their 20x2020 program. Led by Ray Weidman and Andrew Lee, NOC’s energy conservation program is an excellent example of coordination and persistence. Ray and Andrew have worked to establish a culture of conservation at the Tonkawa, Enid and Stillwater campuses since the launch of their program. To do so, they have made good use of the people and resources around them. After working with others to solidify a comprehensive energy management program for the college that included guidelines and a consistent walkthrough schedule, they began to work with the director of marketing on ideas about incorporating sustainability into the school’s brand. This collaborative effort has allowed them to be even more effective at generating the necessary messages that will help nudge others towards participation. Ray and Andrew have also hung posters they downloaded from Teamwork to raise awareness and are planning to talk to staff who might be interested in contributing to the program.

The two energy managers have also realized the importance of finding ways to engage their students, who make up most of the school’s population during the fall and spring. While they understand that engaging all of the students will take time, they have not been hesitant to find opportunities. Ray and Andrew have created an energy conservation competition that will allow the dorms to play against each other for prizes. Along with installing sub-meters to measure their baseline consumption, this has required them to work closely with the dorm supervisors and has lent some insight into making the program exciting for a younger scene. This does not mean that faculty and staff are lacking any attention, however. One of the first initiatives that Ray and Andrew implemented was to issue a Plug Load Inventory. Not only did this increase the number of employees who were aware of how many personal devices they left plugged in throughout the day, but it also allowed Ray and Andrew to identify underutilized equipment and consolidate as necessary. Coupled with Andrew’s weekly walkthroughs and reminders, the college is beginning to buy in to the new culture of conservation. Faculty and staff recognize Andrew as he passes through their buildings and share with him what they are doing to contribute. 

Ray and Andrew plan to keep this balanced approach between occupants and operations as they move forward. Developing materials for new student and faculty orientation is one goal that they are working towards. Along with this, they are exploring options that will allow students to work with their office on projects to increase the school’s energy savings. They are anticipating these efforts will only enhance the savings that will come from consolidating summer classes into fewer buildings and the development of a capital investment strategy that will allow them to plan for equipment replacements before they become emergencies. Northern Oklahoma College has certainly begun to tap into their potential for savings and is only looking to scale those successes in the future.

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20x2020 Upcoming Dates

Please mark your calendar:


  • July 16 | 2-3 p.m. | ES2
    Energy Manager Webinar


  • Aug. 20 | 2-3 p.m. | ES2
    Behavioral Program  Webinar
  • Aug. 31 | Q2 Project Exemptions Due

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Extra ES2 Webinar: Introduction to Utility Incentives - ONG

The July ES2 energy manager webinar is titled “Introduction to Utility Incentives—ONG.”

After June’s webinar introducing utility incentives, ES2 will be offering sessions that cover the available incentives for customers of other utility companies.

An Oklahoma Natural Gas representative will introduce the incentives available for commercial buildings in ONG’s territory and how to apply for a rebate.

Organizations that have issued a purchase order to ES2 in order to enroll in the behavioral program are invited to register for this month's energy manager webinar. Please register at least one hour in advance of the webinar.


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ES2 Behavioral Program Webinar: Managing Lighting Efficiency

The August energy manager webinar is titled “Managing Lighting Efficiency.”

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lighting accounts for approximately 19 percent of commercial electricity consumption. This makes it imperative that each organization is ensuring they are providing the necessary light while minimizing energy consumption. This month’s webinar will introduce key lighting system characteristics and components energy managers should be aware of, the recommended maintenance and potential energy conservation strategies.

Organizations that have issued a purchase order to ES2 in order to enroll in the behavioral program are invited to register for August’s energy manager webinar. Please register at least one hour in advance of the webinar.


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Upcoming Project Exemption Deadline

Project exemptions are due August 31, 2015, for billing period quarter two of CY 2015. Organizations must submit exemptions on any specific projects that have resulted in energy savings that they would like to remove from ES2’s fee calculations. Any project completed between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, must be submitted by August 31, 2015, to be considered for an exemption. 

For a complete submission, please submit each request through the online form and email IPMVP-adherent supporting documentation to 20x2020@omes.ok.gov.  Further information is available in the online instructions.

If you have any questions about this process, please email 20x2020@omes.ok.gov.

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These Lost Energy Savings Might Take the Wind Out of You

Kitchens, cafeterias and other food service areas are often not only the source of satisfying meals, but also of lost energy savings. Kitchen and dishwasher exhaust fans may have been overlooked, but this equipment can provide substantial savings. Along with the electricity it takes to run them, they are responsible for pulling out large amounts of conditioned air. The HVAC system must then expend more energy to replace that conditioned air in the building. Ensure that kitchen exhaust fans are switched off if their related equipment is not in use and if no extra ventilation is required.

If you have any questions or ideas on tips to share, please contact Morgan Miller of ES2 at mmiller@es2ok.com or 405-528-4500.

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