Energy Optimization

Energy optimization helps reduce facility operating costs; supports decisions in facility expansion, upgrades, and retrofits; and supports the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Types Of Optimization Audits:

  • Facility Structure Audits – focus on lighting, building envelope, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
  • Plant Operational Audits – focus on the plant operation and equipment, including the motor and drive systems, electrical equipment efficiencies and process control optimization.
  • Utility Audits – focus on the electricity service provider, including energy incentive programs, rate structure analysis and energy market participation.

Project Examples:

  • New Jersey Hospitals Energy Optimization Program – DLB Associates worked with Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) on their NJBIZ "Healthcare Hero" award winning energy audit program for 16 hospitals and 8 data centers in the State of New Jersey by conducting facility structure audits and plant operation audits.
  • The NJSEA Meadowlands Sports Complex – DLB Associates provided the engineering services to the Meadowlands Sports Complex for a comprehensive self funding retrofit project that essentially upgraded all of the mechanical and electrical systems for this entire complex, including Giants Stadium, the IZOD Center, and the Meadowlands Racetrack.


ENERGY AUDITS & ENERGY IMPROVEMENT RETROFITS

ASHRAE Level 1, 2, & 3 Energy Audits

  • We conduct energy audits per industry recognized Standards such as ASHRAE or can develop a custom program based on your budget and needs assessments.
  • We can manage the implementation of your Energy Conservation Measures (ECM's).
  • We perform Measurement & Verification (M&V).

Energy Management Programs

  • The key to sustainability and sustained savings is to implement a holistic plan and energy management program. We develop and administer energy management programs for individual buildings or entire corporations.

Product Evaluations

  • Have a new product for the marketplace? We can audit those products to ensure industry standards compliance and help with industry applications.
  • Thinking of buying and implementing a new "energy savings product"? We can audit and test it to ensure it can do what the vendor claims.

Utility Incentive and Rebate Programs

  • We work with utilities to obtain rebates, incentives, and tax credits where available.

Utility Bill Auditing and Rate Tariff Analysis

  • We perform utility bill auditing and tariff analysis to ensure you're getting the best pricing on your utilities.

Training

  • Whether you have an existing energy management program in place or are just implementing a newly developed program, we have expert energy managers on staff capable of training your staff on the INs and OUTs of energy management. Our experts include AEE Certified Energy Managers.

Energy Policy Analysis and Advocacy

  • We can serve as industry lobbyist on your behalf and perform impact assessments of energy policy on your company.


FEASIBILITY EVALUATION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

DLB Associates was retained by the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System (SBHCS) to evaluate four proposals submitted in response to the "Renewable Energy Initiative for Solar Power." The proposal included basic information necessary to compose a proposal for a photovoltaic (PV) system at eight facilities within the SBHCS network.

A financial review was conducted to examine each proposal's merit when compared to a financial benchmark, net present value and internal rate of return for the SBHCS purchase system. The options for the third party owned systems were compared for total cost of utilities over the duration of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Three different financial metrics were calculated for each proposal as part of the financial evaluation. Cash flow models were developed to evaluate the proposals received and compare them based on their net present value (NPV), internal rate of return (IRR), and simple payback period.