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ENERGY STAR Tools for Industry – Improve Energy Performance

September 30, 2019


>>Lissa McCracken: Okay, so this is Lissa
McCracken again. While Walt is loading his presentation, we’ll go ahead and just run
through some of the basic items to roll through, before we can start today’s webinar. I do want to welcome you, it is brought to
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businesses, educators, technical assistance providers and the general public. Today’s webinar will focus on manufacturing
and industrial sectors, by addressing tools that can help build stronger energy programs
that support strategic energy management efforts, and cost savings opportunities. I would like to welcome our presenter today;
Walt Tunnessen. He’s a National Program Manager for the US EPA Energy Star Program, which
is a voluntary government program that works with hundreds of businesses and organizations
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through approved energy efficiency. Through Energy
Star, Walt initiates and leads initiatives with manufacturing sectors, to identify energy
management best practices and develop energy performance benchmarks and ratings. He’s managed
the development of energy management guidance and resources for Energy Star, and is the
EPA representative for U.S. TAG, for the development of the ISO 50001 energy management standard.
With that, I’d like to turn it over to Walt, to share his presentation.>>Walt Tunnessen: Thank you Lissa, and thank
you all for having me today. What I want to do is, go over some of the Energy Star tools
that we have, to promote industrial energy efficiency. Then I want to talk about an approach,
to help ensure that those kinds of tools get implemented by industrial plants. To do that,
I’m going to share with you all, a project that we did down in Danville, Virginia, that
we used as a pilot to test a training methodology for engaging industrial plants. I think it’s
a format or an approach that organizations such as yourselves or even companies, if we
have companies on the call could use, when they’re working with their plants. For those of you who don’t know, Energy Star
has been working with industry, with the manufacturing sectors for about 15 years now. There are
over 800 partner companies that are involved with the program. I’ll say that a lot of these
tend to be big Fortune 500 companies, big brand names that you know. We are also working
with 28 different industry specific sectors, doing initiatives that we call an Industrial
Focus Process. I’ll talk a little bit more about what that is. What we are is, we’re a free and voluntary
program that any company with plants in the United States can participate in. We’re proud
that we’ve helped hundreds of companies reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, while saving
money by becoming more energy efficient. What we specifically focus on with the Energy Star
program is, let’s see here. There we go, is what’s being called today, Strategic Energy
Management. We’ve called it Energy Management for years, but now this term Strategic Energy
Management that refers broadly to working towards building organizational capacity.
Towards establishing energy management systems, to basically using a continuous improvement
type model to promote energy efficiency. That approach is something that we’ve been
promoting and preaching for the last 15 or so years. The reason why we do this is that,
we have seen that organizations that focus more systematically and take a more of a programmatic
approach towards energy management, save more energy all the time. This is something that
we observed way back when we used to run a program that was focused on lighting upgrades
called Green Lights. Out of that, we really saw that the organizations that had much more
of an organized corporate and programmatic approach to energy management, were the organizations
that were conducting the most lighting upgrades. Also, realizing that in addition to doing
lighting upgrades, they had to do other activities as well, to improve the performance of their
facility. That’s why we focused very much on providing tools and resources that help
organizations build energy programs, provide resources and help to folks that are the energy
champions. Build plant energy teams, engage employees as well as identify the savings
opportunities. The culmination of all these sort of things are recognized through our
recognition programs. We do offer several forms of recognition for organizations that
demonstrate that they have superior energy performance. I’ll talk a little bit more about
that. Let’s talk a little bit more about Energy
Management Guidance. I think at this point, probably many of you have heard about the
ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard. This has been out for several years. It is international
standard, just like 14001 or 9000. What it does is, it creates the framework to which
an organization can have their energy management system verified by an outside party, and it
gains certification. Prior to all that though, we had actually created a set of guidelines
we call it or basically it’s a guidance document, that explains how you build out an energy
management system. It’s not focused towards ensuring that a plant or a site would get
certified, but it does outline the key activities and programmatic elements that are part of
an energy management system. In fact, it’s completely compatible and consistent with
the ISO 50001 system because that system largely drew upon the Energy Management Guidelines
that were published back in 2003. If you’re working with organizations that
are interested in these types of … Are interested in energy management systems or interested
in broadly, what is being called particularly by utility programs now, as Strategic Energy
Management. We do have guidance documents and tools that you can download and use, to
support your clients or your customers or even your company, if you’re a company, in
establishing an energy management system. You can start by reviewing the guidance document,
you can download that as a PDF and provide it to other people free of charge. We have
some Gap Analysis Tools that you can use. One is focused on evaluating energy management
practices at an organizational or corporate level or a company level. We have another
one that is a Facility Energy Program Assessment Matrix that you can use to evaluate energy
management practices at a plant level. Let me mention that, these two tools are widely
used by most of the companies that are participating in the Energy Star program. Companies like
Toyota, General Motors, Merck, many other companies actually go through these matrices
every year, at a program level and at a site level, to evaluate how their plants are doing,
in terms of maintaining or building out the energy management program. We also have a very helpful guidance document
at building energy teams. That document is called Teaming Up to Save Energy. You can
download it again, as a PDF, print it out or provide it to folks you are working with.
Again, and these are all towards helping to build that program. Then, once you’re working
with someone to build a program, we have a lot of resources out there, that are available
for free, to help engage employees. These include information on basic plant systems.
Like, I have a slide picture here. Once I shut it off, it’s designed to just make people
aware of the importance of shutting off equipment when it’s not used. We have these also translated
into Spanish. All these are customizable, so that a company can actually put in specific
energy use numbers. Put in their company brand and logo, contact information for the Energy
Champion. They cover common kinds of plant systems like plant systems like Questair and
some other things as well. These are again, downloadable from a website
and can be customized using Adobe Acrobat, and printed on a regular printer. We also
have a series of tip sheets that go into a lot more guidance, into certain aspects of
energy management. Like, one that’s very popular amongst our partners is, one of developing
energy capital funds. The tip sheets we only hand out, if an organization becomes an Energy
Star partner. Those you won’t find on our website, but they are part of another set
of resources that we have available, when organizations become an Energy Star partner. I should mention that for us, really becoming
an Energy Star Partner is in itself, an energy management tool. The idea of becoming an Energy
Star partner is really … The idea behind it is, it gives the person who is the energy
champion, the opportunity to engage their senior management and get support for the
energy program, by asking that Senior Manager or the CEO, to ask her to sign the partnership
letter, to become an Energy Star partner. Then once that’s signed, then the energy manager
or champion can then use that as a way to show to other people, that they’re working
with, within the organization or plants that they’re going to try to engage. That the company
has made this commitment to energy management and become an Energy Star partner. That, that
site needs to get on board with the broader energy programs. The Energy Star partnership, it’s really more
of a tool that a company can use, than a regulatory or contractual agreement with EPA, that the
organization is going to reduce a specific amount of energy. In fact, there are no legal
or goal requirements in the Energy Star partnership letter. It’s more of a broad aspirational
statement. It is again, really something that an energy champion or director or manager
can use, to get their senior management involved. Energy Star also develops a lot of benchmarking
and tracking tools. Within the industrial sector, we do create sector energy performance
rating tools. We call these Plant Energy Performance Indicators. These benchmark the energy performance
of specific industrial sites against their sector, nationally. It ranks the site on a
scale of 1 to 100. For those plants that score the top quartile or basically a 75 or higher,
they actually then can be eligible for getting Energy Star Certification. I’ll talk a little
bit more about that in a moment. We also have a basic Excel spreadsheet tool
that is designed to help organizations or plants, track their energy performance on
an energy intensity basis. They can create an energy metric based on any unit of production
or measurement that they want. Then the tool could help them set a goal, and then track
the performance. It’s designed as both a tracking tool. It has goal scenario setting capabilities
and it has a basic dashboard to tell you if you’re on track with your goals. It also has
a whole bunch of preformatted charts and graphs that you can use and then download into presentations,
for when you want to communicate how you’re doing, to your energy team or to your management. Then lastly, we have a very robust online
tool called Portfolio Manager. This is primarily oriented for commercial buildings, but also
warehouses. It’s designed for sites that really track their energy performance in a kBtu per
square foot basis. If you do have clients and customers, where most of their energy
systems are based in things like lighting and HVAC, not so much on the process side.
Weather plays a big impact on their energy usage, then Portfolio Manager is a tool that
they might consider using because it does do weather normalization. The energy tracking
tool does not do weather normalization, but it does normalize to production. You just
have to make a decision on, which tool is really the most appropriate for the sites
that you’re working with. As I mentioned before, we work with a whole
bunch of different industrial sectors, depending on how you like to count. There’s between
25 and 28 sectors and subsectors. When we work with a sector, what we do is, we convene
all the corporate Energy Managers from that sector or at least most of them, into a working
group. Then we develop a set of tools. The first thing that we develop is what we call
an Energy Guide, which is essentially a cookbook of energy projects that are applicable and
can be done at plants. Today, they’re all projects that tend to have a payback between
zero and four years. They’re all projects that have been verified and been actually
implemented or not. New improvement methods, they’re existing projects. These things that
we’ve published, I think about 20 of them. They’re all up on our website for the different
sectors that we work with, plus a couple of extras. Then, we work with the sector to develop a
benchmarking tool and the energy performance indicator. Then, we do a lot of best practice
sharing and networking amongst the industries. Some of the pictures you see here on this
slide, are a part of the meetings that we hold with Energy Managers from different sectors.
One of these pictures, I’m seated actually in the picture on the left, in the yellow
shirt at the bottom. That’s me with all the corporate Energy Mangers from the automotive
industry, from a couple of years ago. We work very closely with a lot of these industries,
get to know them and really try to encourage a lot of networking and best practice sharing.
In some sectors, you would be amazed by the amount of collaboration and cooperation that
occurs. In others sectors, well they may be a little more guarded about what they want
to share, based upon the fact that energy can be a competitive issue for them. Here’s a list of the different sectors that
we work with. I’m not going to go through them all right now, but you can get a copy
of my slides, and get a sense of the different industries that we’re working in. You’ll see
that it’s pretty varied. We work with everyone from steel mills and petroleum refineries,
to bakeries and dairies. It’s a broad mix. The sectors that we work with, the one thing
they have in common is that, the plant types all have to be generally, fairly similar.
In order for us to be able to develop a benchmarking tool, the process has to be generally big.
There has to be a high level of consistency between the types of products they’re making.
Of course, there are variations and differences in plant configuration between companies.
By and large if you’re making cars or baking bread, the basic process is generally, pretty
much the same. Let’s talk about recognition. Recognition
for us is really the output or the outcome that you want to see because it’s showing
that you’re making progress towards improving your energy performance, reducing your energy
usage and increasing efficiency. We offer three different forms of recognition. We offer
a, what we call the Energy Star Partner of the Year award, which recognizes in the industrial
sector, world class corporate energy management programs. This is an award that is offered
annually. Companies have to apply and they have to provide a lot of information in detail,
about their corporate programs. They are evaluated, and then we select a number of companies each
year, either as a New Partner of the Year award winner. Also, we recognize companies
that have won in the past. Those companies are known as Sustained Excellence winners.
We actually hold the Sustained Excellence winners to a higher standard every year. We
expect them to outdo each other, outdo what they did the year before, in order to get
the award. Actually on Monday of this week, we held our
award ceremony here at Washington, and we had about 900 people attend this year. By
the way, the Energy Star Partner of the Year award is given across all different sectors,
including an award to organizations that promote energy efficiency. Yes, our city’s parent
organization is in fact, a past Partner of the Year award winner. For plants that score high using one of our
benchmarking tools. If they score a 75 or higher as I mentioned before, then they become
eligible to get Energy Star certification. For industrial plants, they must pass a compliance
grade to ensure they haven’t had any major high priority Clean Air Act violations in
the past three years. If they clear that, then they can become Energy Star certified.
There’s a verification process that’s involved with this. I think if I looked at the numbers,
we had last year in 2014, 140 Energy Star certified plants. You can actually go on the
Energy Star website, and there’s actually a list of all the manufacturing sites that
have earned Energy Star certification. Then the last form of recognition we have,
and this is the one that is most accessible to all different types of industrial plants,
is the Energy Star Challenge for Industry. I’m going to talk a little bit more about
this because it’s really a tool that you can use, if you are working with any type of manufacturing
site, as a way to help them create a … Basically to create a prize for improving energy performance.
To take the Energy Star challenge, it’s very simple. What a site has to do is, establish
a baseline, based on the prior year’s energy intensity. Energy intensity being like, have
a BTU per pound of product or whatever unit that they use. They make a pledge to reduce
their energy intensity by ten percent, within five years or less. To participate in the challenge or to take
the challenge, they go on to the Energy Star website. We have an online form. They fill
that out and then they’re off. There’s no annual reporting that’s required. All they
have to do is simply say, “We’re pledging to reduce our energy intensity within five
years or less.” If they are able to do that, then we have a process for which their energy
savings is verified. It has to be verified by a professional engineer, who reviews the
data that’s used to calculate the energy intensity reduction. Basically, it’s going to be the
energy data, production data, make sure the math is done correctly, make sure that data
can all be tracked back to some sort of primary source. If it all looks good, then the professional
engineer certifies a form that we have called a Statement of Energy Improvement. They send
that to EPA, and we review it and approve it. Then, send the site a nice logo, a letter
to their CEO congratulating them, and some other stuff. It’s all good and people feel
great about it. This program has been quite popular with Energy
Star partners. There are over 1000 sites that have taken the challenge, worldwide, to let
sites overseas take the challenge, as long as their parent company is an Energy Star
partner in the United States. There are over 300 foreign challenge achievers, and actually
we rolled out the Energy Star challenge for Industry in 2010. The first five year period
for the first year folks that registered, is now approaching. There has been over 300
sites that have achieved the challenge. What I find interesting is that, the average
reduction of all these achievers is about 20 percent, in about just under two years.
It shows us that there’s a lot of opportunities out there, to save energy. When you look at
the amount of energy that these sites that have achieved the challenge, have … The
reduction that they made, it’s quite impressive. Sixty trillion BTUs of energy saved, is not
a small number. What EPA is happy to see is that, it contributes to over 12 million metric
tons of CO2 being prevented. Being prevented in a very cost effective way because in addition
to saving energy, these sites are saving a lot of money on the utility bills. This is a great program that anyone can take
advantage of. If you’re working with a manufacturing site, and that site has an interest in getting
recognition for saving energy, which essentially is going to be the fruit of the work that
you’re doing with that site, consider having them sign up for the challenge. They can use
it as an objective to see if they’re able to continuously improve their performance.
Then you, as the person or the organization that’s working with these companies to help
promote them, you can also see whether or not they’ve achieved it. That provides you
with some feedback down the road, in terms of whether your client or customers are in
fact going out to make significant reductions to their energy performance, without having
to nag them or call them up and ask them, how much energy and money have they saved.
It’s a great tool, I would look at it that way. It’s an energy management tool that you
can use. Now I’ve told you about all these great tools.
I’ve been on a lot of webinars like this, where I talk about the tools we use and encourage
people to use them. Even with our partners, we make the same pitch, “Use the guidelines,
take the challenge, do this, do that.” You know, there’s a lot of challenges with working
with manufacturing plants. If you’re at the corporate level and you’ve got a whole bunch
of plants, and you’re trying to get them engaged in the energy program, you face a lot of roadblocks
and a lot of hurdles. If you’re someone who is with a regional energy
efficiency program and you’re also trying to engage manufacturing plants, particularly
small manufacturing sites, you also face a lot of hurdles. I’ve listed a bunch of these
here today. There’s things like, there’s no one at the site who’s a Champion. They don’t
have a program. When you try to talk to manufacturing plants in particular, about things like energy
management systems and strategic energy management or ISO 50001, all that to most people in plants
sounds like program work. That’s for big companies or other organizations. They don’t have time
to focus on programs. They’re more about getting products out the door, doing projects to improve
throughput or fixing problems. Building energy efficiency culture, and that’s a lot of what
Energy Star is about is, building energy efficiency culture. Often just seems like either beyond
the reach or beyond the focus, of a lot of manufacturing plants. Within Energy Star, we’ve been trying to find
some ways to overcome some of these issues. Trying to find a good strategy that will tend
to get plants more engaged. Get them more focused on looking at energy management, as
not something you just do a project here and there, then you move on to the next thing.
Really begin to view it as something that is an ongoing concern by safety, right? Most
organizations look at safety as not just “Okay, we did our safety project, we move on now.”
No, it’s there all the time. To get energy efficiency in the minds of plants,
to be just like safety, you need a different approach. With any Energy Star partnership
over the last few years, we began to note that one of the really effective techniques
for getting people involved, was using something called an Energy Treasure Hunt. This was something
that grew out of the Toyota Energy program, back in the early 2000s. Toyota shared the
process with other Energy Star partners. We saw a lot of Energy Star partners began replicating
it, putting their own spin or twist on it, doing it in different ways. Really using it
as a way to engage plants, build energy teams at plants, and get more people involved in
plants, in the energy program. If I go back to my other slide, let me see if I can roll
back. I think one of the things that you find to be a really big hurdle, when you’re working
with plants, are these last 3 bullets. One; plants want to see immediate impacts from
any kind of energy saving measure, yet a lot of times they don’t have any experience or
they’re not really sure how to find energy savings. If you’re someone who’s come in and traditionally
said, “Well I want to come in and audit your plant or do an assessment”, there’s a lot
of suspicion about that, a lot of concern about, “What do you mean by an audit or an
assessment? Are you going to make me look bad? What do you know about my plant anyways?
You’re not an expert in our process, how could you possibly provide us with any information?”
These barriers on the bottom, these have just been barriers that we’ve seen people wrestling
with, at least within industrial partnership in Energy Star, for years. What we’ve seen recently is, this approach
has been highly effective, in terms of helping to overcome that because the key thing about
an energy treasure hunt is that, it one; takes away the stigma of coming in and doing an
audit or assessment, which is usually looked at by people and plants as, “You’re coming
in to look for problems, and that could mean my job”, right? It kind of puts that out of
the way by using this kind of silly funny name as a treasure hunt. It puts, finding
energy savings in a positive light, it’s not about finding problems, it’s about finding
opportunities. The other thing is that, it involves people
in plants. You use plant people and you work with the plant staff and management, throughout
the entire process. That basically forms the basis for creating that plant energy teams.
It also helps to train and generate awareness, that gets back to trying to build this energy
efficiency culture, and make energy efficiency just like safety. This is a slide I stole from Merck, they just
showed it the other day. What I like about this slide is, it shows all these people.
Merck did, I think they said 12 or so energy treasure hunts last year. They found $30 million
of opportunities through the process. If you think about this, an energy treasure hunt’s
usually a two and a half day event. Two and a half days times 12 treasure hunts. That’s
basically 25 days. In 25 days, they found $30 million of opportunities, that’s pretty
darn good. Most of those opportunities are no and low cost operational improvements.
This is at a company that has had a very good energy program for some time. The other impressive thing is that, they estimate
they’ve trained between 700 and 800 employees on energy management, and how to find energy
savings. As part of the treasure hunt, the employees that identified the energy savings,
they get tasked to implement. The implementation rate is very high. The energy guy at Merck
says, he doesn’t think he’s going to get $30 million worth of savings because some of the
projects are complicated. He wouldn’t be surprised if they are able recuperate between 15 and
$20 million in savings. Twenty million, $15 million in saving for
24 days of activities, that’s pretty darn good. We looked at this at the Energy Star
and said “You know, there’s something here. There’s something with this energy treasure
hunt approach that was developed by Toyota and then elaborated on by a lot of other different
companies of Energy Star. There’s something here that we can use, to try to engage particular
small and medium sized manufacturing plants, that don’t have good energy management programs,
in some sort of process to one; help them find things. Two; put them on a pathway towards
identifying and building stronger energy management programs.” To test this theory, we identified the Utility
Program in Danville, Virginia, which is a municipal utility, which is … It’s much
easier to work with municipal utilities because they’re afraid of flexibility. We identified
the energy utility, they were very interested in testing this concept with us. We developed
a pilot project, we called it Southside Plant Performance. What we did was, we tested an
energy treasure hunt guided training program that Energy Star had developed, in conjunction
with some basic training around energy management systems and energy management tools that Energy
Star had created. We identified a number of different plants
that would be willing to participate in this, and we ran them through a very specific process.
We called this process, broadly we prefer the Energy Star Planned Performance Process.
Basically what it is, is you form a group of people that are the energy champions for
the plants that you’re working with. Then you run them through a half day training camp
or a program that introduces them to the training and concepts. Also, trains them on building
energy management programs. For the Southside Planned Performance, we conducted two of these
training camp workshops. They’re actually, one was a half day, and I think one was really
more like a full day one. I think it can be done as just a couple of half day sessions. Then we follow that up with a series of twice
a month, what we call coaching calls where we provide additional information and guidance
on energy management, as well as most importantly, providing guidance to the companies that participated,
on how to implement, to treasure hunt. To make sure that they were meeting certain milestones
towards setting that up. Then we also conducted one demonstration treasure hunt. Basically, the process milestones that we
used are outlined here, but what we also required was a certain amount of commitment from the
plants that participated. In order to participate, we required that the plant’s management authorized
the person that was going to participate in this program, to one; take the time to participate.
Two; to do the treasure hunt, and then also sign the plant up to take the Energy Star
challenge. We wanted them to take advantage of that recognition program. We also wanted
the management to support the Energy Champion in forming the energy team. One of the outcomes
from the treasure hunt will be those folks that participate in that, will be the energy
team. They’ll also be the energy team that is going to be involved with the treasure
hunt. Then the last thing we wanted to see happen
with this pilot project. We wanted all the folks that went through the training camp,
to continue to network with one another and to maintain contact with one another. Also,
to really hopefully mentor others within or outside their company, on the process. The timeline for this was basically, about
a year long process. We started in December, with doing the recruitment. We established
a formal sign up process for the initiative. That was all administered by Danville Utilities.
We conducted our first workshop or training camp in March, and that was followed up by
another one in later March. Then, that was then followed up by the regular conference
calls, providing additional training and guidance. Then, during the falls or late summer fall
period, that the plants that participated, went on to conduct their energy treasure hunts.
In the September and December time frame, we did some debriefs. We had about five plants participate in this
project. Again, it was a pilot, so we wanted to keep it small. We had one plant that had
to drop out because they had a massive flood in the facility, and they could no longer
participate. They needed to focus on that. Then we had another plant that I don’t have
the results up here because they didn’t get their treasure hunt done during our designated
time, but they did go on to conduct it. We had four out of the five, go on to do the
treasure hunt, but the results for the first three. I think we were pretty pleased with
their outlines here, in terms of the energy savings they were able to identify, in terms
of what they found in the energy treasure hunt. You’ll see that most of the types of measures
that are listed here, are all things that have really quick payback periods. There were,
at one of the plants; plant number two actually … I’m sorry, plant number three that looked
at the specific process, they actually then, as part of the treasure hunt, identified some
larger capital projects. Actually, they were boiler replacement projects. It was something
they were kind of suspicious about, but the treasure hunt really confirmed it. They actually
went on to get those boilers replaced. One of the things the guy told me. That plant
was the fact that they were able to find the quick hits saving through the treasure hunt,
really convinced the plant management that, it was worth making the investment in these
new boilers as well. In the end, that plant three, their energy
savings wound up being a lot greater. We’re really pleased that all these plants have
gone on to get their programs going. They’ve all taken the Energy Star challenge. More
importantly to me is that, they have created an energy management networking group, down
in Danville, Virginia. They formed a Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers … Actually,
originally they wanted to create an Energy Star chapter, but Energy Star doesn’t have
regional chapters, so we suggested. “Why not form a chapter of the Association of Energy
Engineers. If you’re really serious about taking your energy management career to the
next level, become a Certified Energy Manager. AEE offers certification towards that. A lot of the guys who participated on this,
have gone to become CEMs. For me, that’s quite exciting because it shows that it’s really
a new commitment to energy management, that didn’t exist prior to that. That group, AEE
Chapters is active in Danville. Actually last year, as part of an Energy Star event, they
conducted a treasure hunt at the Boys and Girls Club of Danville, as part of the community
service project. It’s been really great, just to see the legacy of that project. The only downside I would say, of the Southside
Planned Performance is that, we had hoped it would become replicated by the Utility.
The challenge has been that the Utility staff member who was part of this program, left
and went to Duke Energy. We have not had someone back in Danville Utilities, who is familiar
with this process and feels comfortable, in terms of replicating it. Although, the Utility
is interested in continuing the program. We’d like to provide that person, training to do
that. In order for us to do that, we really would like to identify some other organizations
that would like to do something similar to the Southside Planned Performance project,
with Energy Star. Be able to train a group of people, and not just one person. One of the things I’ll leave you all with
today, as far as my final advice is that, if you’re interested in this kind of approach
of working with a group of companies, what’s called a cohort format. Following this planned
performance model, we would be interested in talking to you because ideally, we would
love to train a number of different organization on the process. Provide you with all the materials
that we use, so that you can go on and conduct this type of program, as part of your own
programs. You can make it as part of a new addition or you can simply integrate it into
an existing program. We don’t particularly have a strong opinion, that it has to be an
Energy Star branded event. We’d just love to see people use our resources and take advantage
of, particularly the Energy Star challenge, as a tool to get plants more involved. We will actually be testing the plant performance
process another way, this year as well. That is actually with auto suppliers. Ideally,
I work with the auto industry. This year, the OEM auto manufacturers, we’re holding
a supplier training camp in Michigan, in August, where the auto companies are going to invite
a number of other key suppliers, to participate in the training camp. Then we’re going to
run them through the same process, as we did with the Danville program. The only difference
is that, the instructors for the auto training camp are actually going to be the Energy Managers
from the OEM auto companies. With that, that concludes my remarks. I would
love to take any questions that you have. Encourage you to get on the Energy Star pathway,
and move towards improving energy performance with us.>>Lissa McCracken: Okay Walt, thank you very
much. A lot of good information there. We do have a few questions. First one is; Can
a CEM do the verification for Energy Star certification?>>Walt Tunnessen: They can, if they’re also
a professional Engineer. Within the Energy Star program, there was an evaluation done
recently, and there was a decision that was made to, require that professional engineers
do the certification. The reason for this has to do with the fact that, if a … It
was found to be that someone fraudulently certified a Energy Star statement of energy
performance for certification or for the challenge. The EPA felt strongly enough, that they wanted
to take action against that individual. Then, we could petition the Licensing Board for
the Professional Engineer to have that individual’s license revoked. It was in our office here, it was decided
that, that was a very important deterrent to preventing fraud. Even though AEE might
be willing to revoke someone’s CEM certification, it doesn’t carry the same weight as if your
professional engineering license is revoked. If you’re a professional engineer and you
have your license revoked, that’s pretty much the end of your engineering career. That’s
the rationale, but I’m a CEM and so I understand the frustration some CEMs have, about doing
Energy Star verification.>>Lissa McCracken: Okay. Someone asked; If
you could show the website address for the Treasure Hunt again.>>Walt Tunnessen: Yeah, it’s really easy
to find. It’s energystar.gov/treasurehunt.>>Lissa McCracken: Okay.>>Walt Tunnessen: Let me just mention that
yeah. You can download this guidance document. One of the things we’re going to be doing
this year as well. It probably won’t be ready till the end of the year is, we’re going to
put out the number of YouTube videos on how to conducts treasure hunts as well. If you’re
interested in, either watching them or providing these to people you’re working with, you can
also look for those links as well. They’ll be linked off this website, when they are
ready.>>Lissa McCracken: Okay, very good. Actually,
that was the next question I was going to ask is, were there any webinars or taped videos
on the treasure hunt, available?>>Walt Tunnessen: Yes. We do quarterly trainings
on conducting treasure hunts. There is a recorded training currently available on the treasure
hunt. Actually Bruce Bremer, who’s the guy who invented the treasure hunt. He and I worked
this, and he did the training. That one is recorded on the Energy Star website. Unfortunately,
I can’t tell you off the top of my head, what the URL for that is.>>Lissa McCracken: Right, so it’s on the
Energy Star website. Is it connected to the Treasure Hunt page, do you know or?>>Walt Tunnessen: I don’t think it is …>>Lissa McCracken: Okay.>>Walt Tunnessen: I think we need to add
that to it, I think we’ll be adding it to it. Energy Star has a whole training platform.
We use WebEx. If you basically go to our WebEx training page, there is a link that says,
“Prerecorded or past trainings.” If you search there, you’ll find it. It’s not necessarily
the most user friendly, but we are planning on adding that recorded one to the Treasure
Hunt page at some point.>>Lissa McCracken: Okay.>>Walt Tunnessen: We’re doing a bunch of
updates on our website, so it’s a little bit delayed.>>Lissa McCracken: Okay.>>Walt Tunnessen: I think Lissa, you’d probably
see … Notice this from Energy Star, on trainings. One thing we can try to do is, the next time
we do some trainings on the treasure hunt or taking the challenge, we can try to make
sure that you get that, and then you can send it out to your network as well.>>Lissa McCracken: Yes, that’d be fantastic!
We would love to just spread the word about that. Okay, so we have another question say;
How can I get a sector added to the Sector Focus Area list?>>Walt Tunnessen: I guess it would depend
on what the sector is, to … We are actually in the process of looking at another sector
to add to our list of sectors, that we are engaging. There are a couple of things that
we need to consider. One; there has to be a fair number of the plants within that sector
in the United States, in order for us to really engage them. Then two; we need to know that
the sector is going to be interested in working with us. There are sectors we approach about
working with Energy Star sector focus, and sometimes they are reluctant or … We’ve
recently ran into a sector, where the entire industry is an anti-trust litigation situation.
They actually, in that type of scenario, even though we are the government, it’s very difficult
for them to work in any kind of collaborative group. They have more trouble working with
their association. It helps that the industry is interested in
energy efficiency, wants to … Is interested and eager to work with Energy Star. Then from
there, we can have a dialog. If you have a recommendation, let me know. For example,
I just brought this slide. In the case of commercial baking and dairy processing. Actually,
their national association approached us about working with Energy Star because their members
were interested in doing more on energy efficiency.>>Lissa McCracken: Okay, great! The last
question that we have so far. If you do have a question, please go ahead, get it submitted
because we’ll be getting to wrap up here soon. For a company just starting out, what would
be the best place to start?>>Walt Tunnessen: What I would suggest is
that, the company should take a look at the Energy Star guidelines, just to get big picture
idea of what would an energy program look like. I would also suggest that the company
evaluate themselves, looking at the energy program assessment matrix because it will
just show them “Okay, what things do I have in place? Ultimately, where would I want to
go, if I wanted to have a really strong energy program?” The next I would suggest after that
is, doing a treasure hunt, looking at that as a way to begin to build … Identify people
in a facility or across different facilities, that want to be part of the energy team. Get
them involved in something, identify. Go out, find some opportunities, and really begin
to publicize what you find. Begin to create some buzz and create some interest across
your organization or across the facility, about the opportunities that are out there
for doing energy management. Then, I would also … I of course would love
to see them take the Energy Star challenge. For us, that’s a great way to see what different
types of organizations are doing across the country, in terms of getting involved with
energy and management. Making a commitment to try to improve the performance. I mentioned
with the challenge, if you don’t achieve it, nothing bad is going to happen. There’s no
big bad EPAs isn’t going to come and knock on your door and haul you off to Federal prison
because you didn’t achieve a 10 percent reduce in energy intensity. If you don’t achieve
it, we just encourage you to try it again. Signing your site up for this, is a great,
symbolic and also very visual activity that you can take, to communicate to people across
your organization, that you’re trying to do something about energy. Energy is really abstract,
it’s not something you really can see and touch. Things like challenges and participating
in broader national initiatives, whether it’s Komen Breast cancer, walk for the cure or
a local pledge drive for your volunteer fire department. People get these kind of concepts
of pledging and challenges, right? It makes energy management, just a little
more tangible. It’s another simple thing that can be done. By doing this, you’re also going
to have to establish an energy metric for tracking your performance over time, and you’re
going to have to establish internally, some procedures and processes for mainstream. Ensure
you’re going to track your performance over time. Those are fundamental things about energy
management. This program, the challenge also really reinforces some basic energy management
systems principles.>>Lissa McCracken: Okay, and then we have
one last question. Before we do that, if you wouldn’t mind, would you go ahead and go to
the last slide, so that people can see your contact info.>>Walt Tunnessen: Yeah.>>Lissa McCracken: While we’re talking. Okay,
so this question is; Would someone from Energy Star be available to come and talk about Treasure
Hunts, if we were to do a workshop in our area?>>Walt Tunnessen: Hopefully, yes. I think
it would depend on where you’re located, availability of either myself of Bruce Bremer, and how
big a workshop it is. I will say, we try to participate in these things. As Lissa knows,
since we’ve recently had the same conversation. We have limited travel money, so we can only
go to so many events, which we would love to be able to support everyone out there.
I can’t give you a blanket yes, but I what I would say is, ask us and we’ll try to make
it happen for you in some way.>>Lissa McCracken: Okay, good. Yeah, so it
sounds like you are available as a resource. If the logistics work out, that that’s a possibility,
that you can come and provide assistance?>>Walt Tunnessen: Right. The easy thing … I’ll
tell you, one thing we can always say yes to is, we can always say yes to doing web
based trainings because it doesn’t require any travel money. Travel money in the Federal
Government is hard. Basically, Congress have said that all travel is no good [laughs].
They try to restrict it as much as possible, which is just a situation that we operate
in. The wonderful thing about web conferences like today is that, it’s really easy for us
to participate. If we can participate, we’ll do our effort to try to do something.>>Lissa McCracken: Okay, well that’s great!
We’re at 3:00, thank you again, Walt. Very informative session, and Energy Star has a
lot of resources that I know that we use here, at our center. Really appreciate you taking
the time to share the information. Thank you very much and have a good day.>>Walt Tunnessen: Thank you for having me.

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