COMMERCIAL ENERGY CONSERVATION SERVICES
PROGRAMS FOR PUBLICLY-OWNED UTILITIES IN OREGON
Purpose, Statutory Authorization, Policy
The purpose of these rules is to provide procedures and standards for publicly-owned electric utilities to present energy conservation services programs for commercial buildings as required by Chapter 708, Oregon Laws 1981.
For the purpose of these rules, the following terms shall have the following definitions, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
(1) "Automatic Control Systems" means devices which regulate lighting, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, or other energy loads automatically based on time, temperature, humidity, pressure and/or load limiting measures. Equipment associated with automatic control systems includes, but is not limited to: automatic dampers, wiring, relays, sensors, valves, microprocessors, and other equipment which produces a reduction in energy consumption or demand.
(2) "Commercial Building" means a public building as defined in ORS 456.746 which includes:
(a) Any building which provides facilities or shelter for public assembly, or which is used for educational, office or institutional purposes.
(b) Any inn, hotel, motel, sports arena, supermarket, transportation terminal, retail store, restaurant, or other commercial establishment which provides services or retails merchandise.
(c) Any portion of an industrial plant building used primarily as office space.
(d) Any building owned by the state or political subdivision thereof, including libraries, museums, schools, hospitals, auditoriums, sports arenas and university buildings.
(3) "Commercial Building Customer" means the owner or tenant of a commercial building who is responsible for paying energy costs to a utility and who is the utility customer of record.
(4) "Commercial Energy Audit" means the service provided by a qualified commercial energy auditor, energy specialist, or engineer or architect to a commercial building customer which includes on-site data gathering, energy use analysis, a report to the customer recommending energy conservation measures and an estimate of the cost/benefit of those measures.
(5) "Commercial Energy Auditor" (or "Level I Auditor") means a person who is qualified through training or experience and who has a general knowledge of heat transfer principles, construction practices, energy efficient operations and maintenance procedures, boiler and furnace efficiency improvements, infiltration controls, envelope weatherization, HVAC systems, electric control systems, lighting systems, solar insulation and applicable energy conservation measures.
(6) "Commercial Energy Conservation Services Program" means those services specified in Sections 15(1) - (4) and 18(1) - (2), Chapter 708, Oregon Laws 1981, as further defined in these rules.
(7) "Commercial Energy Specialist" (or "Level II Auditor") means a person who is qualified through training or experience and who has knowledge and abilities of a qualified commercial energy auditor and can perform calculations: Of energy use analysis; of energy efficiencies of HVAC, lighting, plumbing, water, steam, control or electrical systems; and can prepare technical reports of net energy savings for energy conservation measures.
(8) "Director" means the Director of the Oregon Department of Energy.
(9) "Energy Conservation Measure" means a measure primarily designed to improve the efficiency of energy use in a commercial building, "energy conservation measures" as further defined in these rules include, but are not limited to: Improved operation and maintenance measures, energy use analysis procedures, lighting system improvements, heating, ventilating and air conditioning system modifications, furnace and boiler efficiency improvements, automatic control systems including wide dead band thermostats, heat recovery devices, infiltration controls, envelope weatherization, solar water heaters and water heating heat pumps.
(10) "Energy Use Analysis" means an estimate of energy consumed by various systems and components of a commercial building including, but not limited to: the building envelope, lighting, HVAC and water heating system.
(11) "Envelope Weatherization" includes, but is not limited to: insulation for ceilings, walls, floors, ducts or pipes, and storm or thermal windows and doors.
(12) "Furnace and Boiler Efficiency Improvements" include, but are not limited to: Replacement burners, furnaces, or boilers of the same energy fuel type which because of their design reduce energy use due to an increase in combustion efficiency, improved heat generation or reduced heat losses; automatic vent dampers; automatic ignition devices; replacement filters; and cleaning and combustion efficiency adjustments.
(13) "Heat Recovery Devices" means those devices or equipment which recover heat energy from commercial applications by capturing, storing, transferring and using the heat content of liquid or gaseous streams to reduce the need for additional energy resources. Such heat recovery devices include, but are not limited to: Recuperators, heat wheels, regenerators, heat exchangers, and economizers.
(14) "Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Modifications" include, but are not limited to: Improving controls for utilization of outside air, adjusting temperature and humidity of supply air, reducing energy use of reheat systems and exhaust hoods, replacement air conditioning systems of the same energy fuel type which reduce the amount of energy use due to an increase in efficiency.
(15) "Infiltration Controls" include, but are not limited to: caulking, weatherstripping, sealants, gaskets, airlocks and revolving doors used to reduce air leaks in a building.
(16) "Lighting System Improvements" means devices and actions which reduce overall indoor or outdoor lighting energy consumption while maintaining satisfactory lighting levels. Lighting system improvements include, but are not limited to: Reducing light levels to acceptable minimum levels; installation of task lighting; local switching, time control and sensing devices; and installation of more efficient lamps.
(17) "Net Energy Savings" means the energy savings, resulting from an energy conservation measure taking into account interactions of other known energy conservation measures being implemented and impacts on all energy sources and systems in the building.
(18) "Operation and Maintenance Measures" means any energy conservation measure or practice which is presumed cost-effective because there is little or no cost associated with the measure such that the simple payback period is less than one year. Operations and maintenance measures include, but are not limited to: temperature setbacks, water flow reductions, reduced use of ancillary systems or reduced energy use when a building is unoccupied, repairing air duct leaks and steam system and furnace or boiler maintenance.
(19) "Simple Payback Period" means the estimated total installed cost of an energy conservation measure divided by the estimated first year dollar savings to the customer resulting from the measure.
(20) "Solar Water Heaters" means water heating devices, either active or passive, designed to heat water with radiant energy from the sun.
(21) "Utility" means a publicly-owned utility which sells electricity to the public.
(22) "Water Heating Heat Pumps" means water heating devices designed to heat water by extracting energy from the surrounding ambient environment, including air, earth, and ground water.
Commercial Energy Conservation Services Programs
(1) Each utility shall be responsible for ensuring that a commercial energy conservation services program which meets or exceeds the requirements of these rules is offered to all commercial building customers within its service territory.
(2) Each utility shall have available on request information about energy saving operations and maintenance measures for commercial buildings. The information may be tailored to special classes of commercial customers.
(3) Each utility shall establish a procedure to notify by mail each commercial building customer at least once a year of the availability of information and materials about energy conservation and of energy audit services. Notification shall include information on the location of the nearest office for obtaining these services, procedures for obtaining such service, and fees, if any.
(4) Each utility shall actively promote the availability of energy audit services whenever it enters into any phase of a contingency or curtailment plan for dealing with an energy supply shortfall.
(5) Each utility shall be responsible for having qualified commercial energy auditors, specialists or engineers or architects available to provide energy audits for commercial building systems and components which exist in its service area.
(6) When a utility receives a request for a commercial energy audit, a commercial energy auditor shall perform an on-site audit to collect data and evaluate energy conservation measures including at least: operations and maintenance measures, simple automatic control systems, envelope weatherization, infiltration controls and lighting systems improvements.
(7) If the commercial building customer uses an average of more than 4,000 kWh of electricity per month, the utility shall provide an energy audit to evaluate more complex energy conservation measures such as sophisticated automatic control systems, furnace and boiler efficiency improvement, heat recovery devices, HVAC system modifications, infiltration controls, lighting system improvements and solar water heaters or water heating heat pumps unless it can substantiate that analysis of the systems in use does not require that level of expertise. The utility shall use a commercial energy specialist or engineer or architect to provide the energy audit described in this section.
(8) Each utility shall be responsible for: having appropriate data recording forms for an energy audit, developing procedures for analyzing energy use in commercial buildings and for calculating potential energy savings, and designing energy audit report forms for recommendations to commercial building customers.
(9)(a) Energy audit reports to a commercial building customer shall include, as a minimum: a brief description of the building's energy using systems and overall condition, an energy use analysis, and recommended operations and maintenance measures;
(b) Commercial energy audits described in section (6) of this rule shall include at least all energy conservation measures for improving existing energy consuming systems which have a simple payback period of three years or less. Commercial energy audits described in section (7) of this rule shall include at least all energy conservation measures for improving existing energy consuming systems which have a simple payback period of ten years or less;
(c) Each energy conservation measure shall be described. Each energy conservation measure description, except for operation and maintenance measures, shall also include estimated costs, and estimated net energy and dollar savings for the first year;
(d) Information about the availability of state and federal tax credits and low-cost financing options for the customer shall also be included.
(10) Each utility shall include in its program description conservation services provided by other federal, state or local government or utility programs that it wishes the Director to review according to OAR 330-066-0020
The Director will review any federal, state or local government, or utility commercial energy audit program to determine if that program meets or exceeds the requirements of these rules in whole or in part. Upon a determination that the program meets or exceeds the requirements of these rules, the utility which implements the program or refers eligible commercial building customers to that program shall be considered to have met the requirements in whole or in part of these rules.
Coordination of Utilities
(1) In the case where gas and publicly-owned utilities serve the same building, each publicity-owned utility shall offer to the commercial building customer an audit as described in OAR 330-066-0015(6) of all energy consuming systems. The publicly-owned utility may offer an audit as described in 330-066-0015(7) of systems using primarily electricity or interacting with the electric system. As an alternative, gas utilities and electric utilities may coordinate on analyses of energy consuming systems and presentations of recommendations to the customer.
(2) If a commercial building customer uses oil, wood or a renewable resource in the commercial building, the utility shall make every effort to determine previous energy use records for that energy system and shall evaluate and report on operations and maintenance aspects of the system.
If the utility proposes to charge the commercial building customer a fee for the energy audit the fee should be structured so as not to discourage commercial building owners and tenants from seeking audits from their utility. The fee schedules shall be specified in the commercial energy conservation services program.
(1) Each utility shall submit for review and approval its commercial energy conservation services program to the Director within 180 days of the effective date of these rules.
(2) Each utility shall describe how it will ensure that personnel are qualified to conduct energy audits. The description shall include at least the utility's minimum requirements for training, education or equivalent experience of auditors and specialists. If consultants will be employed to provide energy audit services the utility shall identify the consulting firm(s) and present sufficient information to support the qualifications of the firms to do energy conservation analyses.
(3) Each utility shall provide to the Director a copy of the training program for energy auditors and energy specialists.
(4) Each utility shall submit to the Director a copy of the data collection form, a description of analysis procedures and report forms.
(5) Each utility shall offer its program within 60 days of its program being approved. Each customer who requests an audit shall receive a report describing the results of the audit performed under OAR 330-066-0015(6) within 120 days of the request for services. A utility may request an extension of this time requirement if program start-up causes delays in the first year of program implementation.
(1) Each utility shall report to the Director quarterly the number of eligible commercial building customers, number of audits requested, number of audits performed by level of audit, number of referrals to other audit programs, estimated aggregate savings of operations and maintenance recommendations, estimated aggregate savings and retrofit energy conservation measures.
(2) Each utility shall also report when requested by the Department, not to exceed once per year, information on all commercial building customers who have received commercial energy audits in order for the Department to evaluate program performance and effectiveness.
(3) If the utility's service is offered through an association, the association should provide the above information on an individual basis for each utility served.
Coordination with Federal Statutes and Regulations
The Director shall review each commercial energy audit conservation services program to ensure that it does not conflict with federal statutes and regulations applicable to energy conservation in commercial buildings.
Exemption for Existing Commercial Energy Conservation Service Programs
(1) Each covered publicly-owned utility which has an existing commercial energy conservation services program, as of the effective date of these rules, may submit a description of its program to the Director to request an exemption. The program description shall include: copies of information materials about energy conservation which it has available for commercial building customers, procedures used to regularly notify for commercial building customers, procedures used to regularly notify all customers in commercial buildings of the availability of energy conservation services and a description of audit procedures, auditor qualifications, types of systems audited, example report forms and procedures for estimating costs of energy conservation measures. A fee schedule, if any, shall be included with the program description.
(2) If the Director finds that the existing program meets or exceeds the requirements of Sections 17 to 20 of Chapter 708, Oregon Laws 1981, those sections shall not apply to the covered publicly-owned utility.
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