Energy Management Collaborative


This highly successful grant-funded project served ten AICUP members between 2012-2014 and provided substantial value to these institutions. In addition to intimate staff training and hands-on conversations with expert energy consultants, the Energy Management Collaborative identified annual energy savings opportunities of over $3.8 million and eliminating 19,662 tons COx emissions per year.

At the time AICUP was leveraging grant funds from the Council of Independent Colleges ($100,000 from CIC then FIHE) and the Rockefeller Foundation (over $300,000 sourced through PA Treasury)--plus a college contribution of $10,000 per campus. As these funds were expended the program was paused to evaluate its outcomes and to devise a second sustainable phase for other AICUP members.

This year there is a new agreement with the Emerging Technologies Application Center (ETAC) to continue this program for individual AICUP members on an as needed basis and directly as a one-on-one program. To do this without grant funding, ETAC has developed the following price point and program structure which they think will remain valuable for those institutions seeking to find cost savings and carbon emission reductions on campus. 


The total and only fee is payable to ETAC ($9,500). This supports a two hour training experience and a full-day on-site assessment experience and a limited number (4) of investment grade studies.  This fee is compatible to the prior program but limits the training experience time and assessments – though it is designed to be more flexible (one day events – rather than multi-day events). 

Energy Audit Training

For each campus -- ETAC will provide a two hour classroom or webinar training (that can be recorded and reused).  Six (6 maximum) campus representatives may participate in training. 

Campus Energy Self-Audit

For each campus -- the training continues with field work and energy audits on a separate full day on campus. ETAC will supervise energy audits in not more than 4 buildings – no more than 8 energy systems (lighting, HVAC, electrical, building envelope, etc.).  A full 8 hours of on-site audit/supervision (not including time for lunch/breaks etc.)will be provided for the as many as six(6) campus representatives.  The participating campus agrees to provide set-up night before training as needed and all meals for ETAC personnel. The campus may agree to peer campus participation, subject to mutually agreed terms.

The Investment Grade Audit

For each campus -- the participating college selects four (4) major findings/buildings/systems for which a fully certified investment grade analysis is performed and reviewed by ETAC. (e.g. HVAC system in Old Main, lighting system in a dorm, roofing/envelope in dining hall, pool in the gym, etc.).  The participating College selects the four areas. If the campus desires more than 4 analyses, the campus negotiates a price with ETAC directly.

Campus Response

Campuses may elect to engage ETAC in further audits, corrections or design work by requesting a separate proposal. But there is no expectation that ETAC will make any corrections or address energy savings opportunities. ETAC is not an ESCO and this program is designed as both a training experience and an energy audit. Limited training funds can be leveraged against the potential cost savings found through this process. If two or more colleges wish to collaborative on joint training, further savings/advantages can accrue.


CONTACT: Pete Roberts, ETAC at proberts@northampton.edu or 610- 861-5367

AICUP Member Participants: 10
Major Energy Savings Areas: Laboratory Fume Hoods, Preheat Boiler Combustion Air, Retune Boilers, Swimming Pools, Demand Controlled Ventilation, Kitchen Hoods, Insulation on Pipes and Boilers, Energy Efficient Lighting, Occupancy Sensors, HVAC, Heat Recovery
Energy Savings Identified: 12,690,030 kWh/year; 205,804 mmBtu/year; $3,774,678/year
COx Emissions Savings Identified: 19,662 tons/year

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