20x2020 Newsletter | September 16, 2015

September 2015  

Success Stories: Back to School!

This August, a number of colleges and universities around the state capitalized on the enthusiasm for the new school year to launch or reinvigorate components of their behavioral programs. The start of the new semester is a strategic opportunity for engagement because building occupants are already primed to expect new initiatives and other changes. Energy managers grew their network of supportive advocates and energy champions by reaching out to students, faculty and staff while focusing on several priority behaviors and utilizing new outreach materials. Below are some sample highlights of their efforts.

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College took advantage of the new school year to officially launch their behavioral program campus-wide. Jamie Williams, their energy manager, was able to secure a time slot during in-service week to speak to faculty and staff, as well as a table at Welcome Back Day to spread the message to their students. To keep students engaged, Jamie is speaking to each freshman orientation class and working with student government to develop a club to organize the efforts of particularly supportive students. By working with their food service provider, he has also recently secured free meals and gift cards to use as monthly incentives for faculty and staff to do their part. 

Western Oklahoma State College
When selecting three focus behaviors for their current efforts, WOSC’s energy manager, Jimmy Poe, knew that the needs of the dorms differed slightly from those of the main campus. Working with public relations director Judith Meyer allowed him the opportunity to convey these various energy-saving opportunities through a video that was presented at the faculty in-service meetings and freshman/dorm orientations. Additionally, WOSC utilized the promotional materials made available by ES2 during their tabling events, where they spoke with students about the campus’ energy and how to become an energy champion.

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Click the photo to view WOSC's video on YouTube.

Northern Oklahoma College
This August, the main goal for NOC’s behavioral program was to refresh the program they launched last year by getting in front of incoming students and faculty and highlighting the changes they will be seeing across campus. According to NOC energy manager and draftsman AJ Lee, customizing the kickoff powerpoint and other materials provided by ES2 decreased the amount of time that he and Ray Weidman, NOC energy manager and assistant director of physical plant operations, needed to prepare their presentations, while helping instill a consistent message. That message appears to have taken root quickly with many of the new faculty, who have been approaching the two energy managers about ideas for further energy conservation.

Rogers State University
Paul Dunham, the energy manager and draftsman at Rogers State University, is already seeing the benefits of having the active support of RSU president Dr. Rice during the launch of their school year. Dr. Rice talked about the university’s energy conservation efforts and the importance of the 20x2020 program during their annual State of the University address. Paul also had posters available during their Big Tent Day to get the message out to students. Since then, Paul has been receiving more input from faculty and staff and feedback on his monthly newsletters. 

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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 this webinar. Please register at least one hour in advance of the webinar.


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20x2020 Upcoming Dates

Please mark your calendar:


  • Sept. 17 | 2-3 p.m. | ES2 
  • Energy Manager Webinar


  • Oct. 15 | 2-3 p.m. | ES2 
    Energy Manager  Webinar
  • Oct. 22 | 2-3 p.m. | Extra ES2 
    Energy Manager  Webinar


  • Nov. 30 | Q3 Project Exemptions Due

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October Webinar: Power Factor Management

The October energy manager webinar is titled “Power Factor Management."

Power factor provides a measurement of how much power an electrical system requires, relative to the amount of work that the electrical system produces. A low power factor is often penalized by utility companies in the form of additional charges.

This session will provide an overview of what power factor is, explain how low power factor has negative effects on an electrical system and describe basic application considerations for correcting low power factor, such as installing power factor correction capacitors.

The guest speaker for this webinar is Robert P. Hansen, PhD, PE. Bob Hansen is a specification engineer in Overland Park, KS, for GE’s Industrial Solutions business. He has been in this role since 2007 and provides application and technical support for engineers designing commercial and industrial power distribution systems throughout Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and parts of Illinois. He has over 30 years of design, engineering and teaching experience.

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


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Extra October Webinar: Saving Energy with Window Film

The extra October energy manager webinar is titled “Saving Energy with Window Film."

Windows often let in more than just light, causing them to be a source of lost savings. Window films can be a low-cost solution for many buildings with a steady payback. In this webinar you will learn the basics of window films, the various technologies behind each type and the energy saving potential of each. Additionally, the session will cover how to know if your building is a good candidate for window films and how they may count towards LEED certification.

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


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Upcoming Project Exemption Deadline

Project exemptions are due Nov. 30, 2015, for billing period quarter three 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 Sept. 30, 2015, must be submitted by Nov. 30, 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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Energy Saving Tip: Share the Effort in Shared Spaces

Common areas like break rooms and conference rooms are unique spaces with highly variable occupancy and energy usage. Finding small ways for everyone to better use their conference and break rooms will contribute to energy savings.

Strategies for your conference and break rooms that everyone can help with may include:

  • Turning off lights, projectors and other equipment when the area is not in use.
  • Following a “Last to Leave” policy (the last person to leave turns off the lights and equipment).
  • Utilizing natural daylight when possible.
  • Remembering to turn the thermostat back to unoccupied settings once the meeting has concluded.

Don’t miss the additional guidance and resources to help manage conference and break rooms recently uploaded to Teamwork. If you need help logging into Teamwork, or 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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