Energy Consulting

State of New Jersey Clinton, NJ




As The State of New Jersey Division of Property Management and Construction (DPMC) prepared to enter into an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), they asked Entech to join them as a consulting partner to help them navigate the process. Their goal was to reduce energy usage, while simultaneously eliminating deferred maintenance on building systems for two adjacent facilities in Clinton, NJ; an ESPC was a cost-effective way to accomplish their objective using energy savings to fund needed facility and utility upgrades.

DPMC retained DCO Energy (DCO), an Energy Service Company (ESCO), to develop an Energy Savings Plan and recommend Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs). We supported DPMC by reviewing and verifying the ECMs and savings, so they could be confident in securing the loan for the project and entering into an ESPC with DCO Energy.

Throughout the design and construction of the recommended projects, we served as an on-call advisor to DPMC, and we executed the energy/savings measurement & verification (M&V) plan after the ECMs were implemented, helping DPMC to successfully complete its Energy Savings Improvement Project (ESIP).

Solution Details
The Edna Mahan Correctional Facility (EMCF) and the adjacent Hunterdon Developmental Center (HDC) sites had at one time shared the same CHP plant, which was the outcome of a previous ESCO project done in the 1990’s. The plant had exceeded its useful life and was no longer providing the most efficient heat and power. In addition, HDC had previously disconnected from the plant, adding significant annual cost for the EMCF. DCO was primarily tasked with decentralizing the existing plant as well as identifying other ECMs for the facilities.

The Energy Savings Plan developed by DCO included 25 ECMs. Topping the list were LED lighting replacements, decentralization of the EMCF CHP plant, and new prepackaged steam and hot water boilers for 20 buildings at EMCF. Based on the recommended ECM’s, the projected annual energy savings for the project was $3.2M. DPMC also benefitted from an additional $4.8M NJ large energy user incentive for their reduction in energy use.

Energy Consulting and M&V

Entech was tasked with reviewing and verifying the ECMs provided by DCO, confirming not only their relevance in meeting the long-term objectives of DPMC in terms of facilities management, but also the estimated energy savings. We reviewed the projects and estimates produced by DCO and the engineer of record, as well as the construction drawings and the ESCO’s M&V plan. We executed the M&V Plan following completion of construction, including gathering and reviewing savings for utility bills and reporting the findings to DPMC.

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$4.8M NJ large energy user incentive

$3.2M projected annual savings

25 ECMs measured and verified for energy savings