ENERGY TIP: EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS CAN CUT THE ENERGY USE OF HYDRAULIC ELEVATORS BY UP TO 50%, ACCORDING TO AN ACEEE REPORT. FOR
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Tips to Comply with Energy Benchmarking
Does your facility generate solar or
wind power? If so, you are helping
renewable energy to gain a foot-
hold across the U.S.
Recently released by NREL, the 2013
Renewable Energy Data Book documents
the growth of clean energy installations in
the U.S. It found that renewable electricity,
including hydropower and biopower, ac-
counted for 13% of total electricity genera-
tion. Additional findings for 2013 include:
n Renewable electricity accounted for more
than 61% of all new electricity capacity
installations. By comparison, renewable
electricity captured 4% of new capacity
additions in 2004 and 57% in 2008.
n Solar electricity was the fastest growing
generation technology, with cumulative
installed capacity increasing by nearly
66% from 2012.
n Wind electricity generation increased
Renewable Energy Progress in the U.S.
20% in 2013, while wind electricity capacity grew 1.8%.
n Biodiesel was the fastest growing biofuel
type, with production increasing by 64%
from a relatively small base.
By comparison, America’s overall energy
consumption grew to 97.3 quadrillion BTU in
2013, a 2.4% increase from 2012. Its electric
power demand grew to 38. 4 quadrillion BTU
in 2013, a 0.6% increase from 2012.
During this period, energy consumption
from coal and renewables grew slightly,
while consumption from petroleum and
natural gas fell slightly.
RENEWABLE ENERGY accounted for over 60% of all new electricity capacity in 2013.
As part of Mayor Rahm Emanu-
el’s three-year plan to make the
The report outlines 12 best practices
that any facility can follow to improve
1) Designate an energy leader for each
facility or organization.
2) Track annual and periodic energy
consumption data to find areas for
3) Develop a clear energy performance
upgrade plan with short-, medium-,
and long-term objectives.
4) Perform an energy audit.
5) Retrocommission existing systems.
6) Poll your occupants to find places
where you may need to improve com-
fort or efficiency.
7) Create green design standards to cover
additional construction, purchasing,
8) Work with a design professional when
undergoing facility improvements to
outline energy saving goals.
9) Look for utility and tax incentive
programs that can help to finance efficiency upgrades.
10) When renovating, install the capability to support future renewable energy
11) Always keep current on routine maintenance and regularly test equipment
to ensure optimal performance.
12) Consider green building certifications
such as LEED or ENERGY STAR that
can verify improved performance.
The Chicago report shows that by improving the EUI of all reporting buildings
to the 50th and 75th percentile could result
in total energy reduction of 13-23% and
savings of $44-77 million on energy costs.
Moving forward, the city will target more
facilities for mandatory benchmarking by
lowering the square foot threshold from
250,000 to 50,000 by 2016.
CHICAGO’S MANDATORY BENCHMARKING is capturing data from nearly 350 buildings. By improving
EUI to above the 50th percentile, the city could save $44-77 million on energy costs.