20x2020 Newsletter | August 19, 2015

August 2015  

Director’s Update

OMES receives periodic press inquiries for information on the 20x2020 program status. Starting Sept.1, guest users will be able to access the EnergyCAP database and view information down to the building level for any organization in the 20x2020 program. The access and login information will be shown on the 20x2020 website under the Energy Database section.

My office has received several inquiries regarding energy manager duties when an employee retires, changes jobs or ends employment with their organization. Should that vacant slot be filled or should the energy manager duties be reassigned to another individual within the organization? This question must be answered internally by each organization. To hire an individual or create additional duties for existing employees is an organizational decision based on operations, energy savings potential, budget, future utility expenditures, etc. Historically, though, if the energy manager duties are not continued the organization will spend more on utilities.

Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) are two organizations I was able to spend a little time with during the past month. Both organizations are succeeding in the 20x2020 program using efforts that are tailored for their organizations.

OCCC has seen an EUI (energy usage per square foot) reduction of 11.3 percent and an ECI (energy cost per square foot) reduction of 7.2 percent. Bob Lally, OCCC’s energy manager, looks at his different operations as individual opportunities. Jason Edds is responsible for the EnergyCAP database information and does an excellent job at keeping this data current. Chris Snow is the director of facilities management for OCCC and has provided support to Bob and Jason from day one. OCCC has their work cut out for them as Bob Lally has accepted a position overseas and will be leaving the organization. Chris Snow has been proactive in addressing this issue by meeting with both ES2 and SEPO to discuss their program and enlist support in assisting with the continued success OCCC has seen in their program.

OSBI has seen an EUI reduction of 22.2 percent and an ECI increase of 1 percent. While total cost of energy for OSBI has increased 4.4 percent, if they had not managed their energy usage there would have been an additional 11.9 percent increase. OSBI has taken the necessary steps to position their organization properly to mitigate the increases we are all seeing in utility costs. Jerry Tate, OSBI procurement and facility manager, has been in discussions with his electric providers regarding available rebate programs. One project that benefited from a rebate program is the OSBI Forensic Center Lighting Retrofit. This facility has been completely converted to LED lighting, with a project material cost of $30,090. The labor was completed in-house with OSBI personnel. OSBI received a rebate of $21,233 for the conversion. The estimated annual savings, at current electric rates, is $31,324. Simple payback on the material is less than four months. The best part of this project is that the annual savings of $31,324 will only increase in value in the coming years as utility rates increase. I asked Jerry to provide me the names of those involved in this project. I was pleasantly surprised with Jerry’s response, as the list included Director Florence, division directors and procurement personnel as well as the facility management staff as part of the team.

I look forward to spending time with more of you and hearing your success stories.

Craig Cherry
Director, 20x2020

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August 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 ensures they provide 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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20x2020 Upcoming Dates

Please mark your calendar:


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


  • Sept. 17 | 2-3 p.m. | ES2
    Energy Manager 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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September Webinar: Understanding Your Energy Bills

The September energy manager webinar is titled “Understanding Your Energy Bills.”

In order to better understand how your buildings consume energy, it is important to understand how they are billed by utility companies. This month’s webinar will focus on interpreting your utility bills, understanding the different types of charges that are listed and the main driving factors for each, along with basic strategies for minimizing your utility costs.

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


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Energy Saving Tip: Take the Heat Off Your Energy Bills

Air conditioning systems keep your building comfortable by responding when the temperature in an area exceeds the designated temperature. Walk through your building and see where equipment or personal items near thermostats may be putting off heat and causing the air conditioning to run longer than normal. As you do, speak to those in the area to determine if there is a better way to configure the space. If they were too cold or hot before, it may be a symptom of the HVAC system reading an incorrect temperature. Beyond energy bills, you may be surprised to find out how big a difference this small change can make to comfort.

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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Success Story: JD McCarty Center

Success for a behavioral program can depend greatly on the total number of small, psychological strengths the energy manager plays to. For the JD McCarty Center, this means ensuring their program is easy, attractive, social and timely. Erik Paulson, Sharla Bardin and Darrell Green have been exploring approaches to make the 20x2020 program fun for their organization in a way that fits into their existing culture. Knowing every reduced energy waste dollar saved would be used to better serve the children who come through the center was an idea they knew everyone could support when they began planning their kickoff event.

Sharla, the center’s public information manager, recognized that the timing of the event was as important as the messaging. She decided it should coincide with Earth Day to reinforce how JD McCarty’s energy consumption affects everyone. It was also important the event not just be a fun, information-oriented meeting, but that it also appeal to the employees to do something about their energy usage. In order to help accomplish this, the energy managers asked everyone to sign a poster saying they would pledge to be “Power Partners” and reduce their energy consumption. Asking someone to make a written commitment increases the likelihood they will follow through and making that commitment public further boosts the probability. Leveraging what they know about human behavior and utilizing both of these tactics with the kickoff party and poster campaign has allowed the JD McCarty Center energy managers to make it easier for their employees to follow through on their pledges.

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