What is the next step after ECMs are implemented?
What Is An Engineering Study?
An Engineering Study is a comprehensive and detailed energy evaluation aimed at helping facility managers acquire certainty that after identified energy conservation measures (ECMs) are implemented, tangible energy savings and GHG reduction will occur. An Engineering Study, also known as an Energy Audit Level II, is part of the Custom Energy Solutions (CES) program promoted by Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA).
Engineering studies pursue a detailed cost analysis so that after they are conducted, facility leaders can make investment decisions based on solid techno-economical information. Thus, because they are efficient and highly cost-effective, Engineering Studies are one of the most popular customer incentives aimed at quantifying potential energy savings.
Owing to their high-level of detail on energy consuming systems, Engineering Studies are generally not economical for organizations with smaller energy consumption. Engineering Studies are implemented based on the results obtained from a Scoping Audit. Some of the business needs addressed by Engineering Studies are:
- Analysis of energy data from equipment, processes, and operations to identify and categorize implementable energy saving opportunities.
- Access to a highly detailed, combined engineering and financial plan that explains how the ECMs can be implemented within the short, medium, and long-term, along with their corresponding cost and benefits.
- Reconciliation of the ECMs against a highly detailed energy balance, identifying the need for a more detailed assessment.
- Determination of significant energy performance indicators (EnPIs) and comparison with same type facilities.
How Do I Qualify?
To qualify for the incentives associated with an Engineering Study, a facility must:
- Be at least five years old.
- Have been identified as a feasible candidate for energy savings and GHG reduction, based on the results of a Scoping Audit.
- Present an itemized fee proposal prepared by an EEA-approved CES Program ally.
The eligibility criteria for the Engineering Study incentive funding is as follows:
|Facility’s Existing Carbon Footprint||Maximum Scoping Audit Incentive||Minimum GHG Savings Requirement|
|< 10,000 tCO2e||$20,000||225-ton CO2e|
|> 10,000 tCO2e||$40,000||450-ton CO2e|
This program provides extensive feasibility study analysis of energy-saving efficiency projects, done by engineering experts. ECMs that lead to verified GHG reduction have been implemented, qualify for an incentive of $175 per ton of GHG reduced, payable only during Year 1. Payments will be given to participating companies who comply with the regulations. 100% of the cost of the engineering study will be covered providing the measures outlined are implemented within 5 years. The study must be performed by qualified external contractors who have been preapproved.