ComEd’s Fix-It-Now Compressed Air offering is an innovative approach to immediately fix compressed air leaks as they are identified, which is a common need for almost all industrial customers. The offering provides a fixed price incentive for the Energy Efficiency Service Provider (Service Provider) to survey compressed air systems and identify as many leaks as possible, as well as fix identified leaks all at the same time. This allows Service Providers to actively engage with industrial customers to provide a quick and no-cost compressed air leak repair solution on energy-wasting compressed air systems. This approach has led to a very cost-effective offering for ComEd for any compressed air systems greater than 25 HP. In addition, it is a great way to introduce a customer to future energy efficiency opportunities since it is quick win to a significant, immediate pain point.
In 2019 the City of Minneapolis partnered with the Center for Energy Environment (CEE) to pass a time-of-listing energy disclosure policy for singlefamily homes. With its passage, Minneapolis became the fourth city nationally with a similar policy to inform and motivate homeowners to make energy improvements. Implemented in January 2020, every Minneapolis home listed for sale (roughly 5,500 annually) is now required to have an energy disclosure report and score, bringing visibility and value to home energy performance. To further bolster the policy, the City partnered with CenterPoint Energy and CEE to provide follow-up communications and an energy advisor service for new homeowners. With disclosure as the foundation, the partners are now conducting a pilot program focused on spurring investments in home energy upgrades.
Partnering with Power TakeOff to deliver its Virtual Commissioning™ (VCx™) Program, ComEd has successfully leveraged its Grid Modernization investment to implement a cost-effective, scalable, and measurable energy efficiency solution for SMB and public institution accounts. These hard-to-reach customer segments represent more than 90% of all non-residential accounts for ComEd.
Using newly available interval meter data, the program remotely identifies and crafts personalized, site-specific energy efficiency recommendations. Each commissioning opportunity is individually reviewed with the targeted prospect, who is encouraged and taught how to adjust the operations of their existing equipment to save energy. ComEd provides the VCx™ service at no charge to the customer as the program incentive, and there are no enrollment forms, on-site visits, or financial commitments, making participation as easy as possible. The VCx™ program is also entirely evaluated using M&V 2.0 statistical methodology.
The VCx™ Program has grown substantially from its 2 GWh savings achievement in 2017 to 8 GWh in 2018 and an estimated 15 GWh for 2019. On average, participants have realized 13.8% annualized savings by implementing no to low-cost energy efficiency opportunities. In addition, more than 80% of local SMB participants have never previously participated in a ComEd energy efficiency offering. The short participation cycle, approximately one month, has also enabled ComEd to increase VCx™ Program saving targets mid-year to help accommodate portfolio needs.
After major flooding from extensive rainfall, Focus on Energy formed the Flood Relief Offering for affected rural small businesses and residents. Additionally, in response to collapsed structures and barn roofs from heavy snow buildup, the Farm Disaster Bonus was created. These disaster relief initiatives helped rural residents and small businesses recover from recent natural disasters by replacing impaired equipment and reconstructing damaged buildings with newer, longer-lasting, energy-efficient measures that reduce overall energy costs.
To do this, the offerings provided a bonus incentive alongside existing energy efficiency incentives when participants rebuilt or upgraded through a Focus on Energy program. Participants also received guidance from an Energy Advisor to identify and incorporate energy efficiency measures in their projects for maximum savings.
The Focus on Energy Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Initiative was inspired in 2014 by conversations with a trusted program customer and green-lighted in 2015 by a forward-thinking program administrator. Today, 14 of the 27 participants are on track for or have already achieved ISO 50001 status. Along the way, we refined regression modeling techniques and presentation formats, adjusted our customer engagement and coaching practices, challenged program reporting and evaluation assumptions, learned a great deal about expectations and limitations of SEM as a DSM program offering, and generated excellent customer satisfaction among Wisconsin’s largest energy users. With the SEM Initiative, we’ve laid the foundation for SEM as an ongoing Focus on Energy offering for the next wave of customers ready and committed to improving their energy performance by applying the principles and practices of continuous improvement.
The On Demand Savings (ODS) Program was an 18-month pilot program that worked with commercial and industrial customers to better understand and manage on-peak summertime demand. The goal of the program was to see if customers could reduce on-peak demand through in-house programmatic and manual interventions when assisted by program experts, software tools (including a real-time energy dashboard), and financial incentives.
Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) generates and distributes electricity to 149,000 customers in Dane County and purchases and distributes natural gas to 154,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state’s investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities.
The ComEd Energy Force is the nation’s first energy-efficiency program designed for and taught by people with disabilities. The Energy Force is composed of ambassadors who are responsible for educating ComEd customers, including their peers with disabilities, about the importance of energy efficiency. Ambassadors participate in community events to educate customers on how to save energy and money. Aside from genuine cost-savings realized by our customers, one of the greatest benefits of Energy Force has been to promote the personal and professional growth of its ambassadors.