Facility scoring system factors in regional impacts

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR program provides an innovative energy performance rating scale for businesses to measure current building energy performance and reduce consumption through goal setting, savings tracking and recognition of superior performance.

With the addition of Energy Points, utilities will be able to help building owners factor in the regional impact of how their energy is being generated, while accounting for renewable energy use in their broader energy efficiency scores.  Further, efficiency of all resources, including water and waste, can be accounted for.

Using the EPA's ENERGY STAR program, building owners and facility managers enter historical billing data and building details to receive a score between 1 and 100 indicating the relative energy efficiency of the building.  For example, a score of 85 indicates that a particular building is operating more efficiently than 85 percent of its peers.

Energy Points adds insight to the ENERGY STAR score by helping owners/managers understand the relative efficiency of all resources and regional pricing. For example, an Energy Points efficiency score of 85 for electricity indicates that production in a specific location is more efficient, sustainable and risk averse than 85 percent of other regions, while a score of 25 results from inefficient, unsustainable and risk-prone fuel sources such as coal.

Combining the scoring systems, utilities can optimize the performance of efficiency projects for building owners by focusing their efforts on the buildings that are least efficient and are located in regions where electricity generation is unsustainable and expensive.