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The Quarterly Publication of Eneractive Solutions

Th Solution ISSUE 12 | January 2016

A quarterly publication highlighting relevant industry and ENERActive news - keeping subscribers ahead on trends, upcoming events, industry leaders, and more.

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ENERActive Eye On: Energy Master Planning Featured Projects: Alexander Wind Farm Energy Procurement Spotlight On EMPOWERActive Who’s Who & Who’s New What’s Next What’s Trending

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ENERActive Eye On The ENERGY BLUEPRINT TO THE FUTURE An Energy Master Plan (EMP) is an organization’s blueprint to the future, it’s an easy-tofollow, defined and marked pathway to success...

Do you have an “Energy Master Plan” in place?

Smart facility plant managers today are taking the “decision making process” to a new level with Energy Master Planning. This is a comprehensive holistic approach to integrate smart energy conservation and sustainability initiatives into the overall business plan of the organization. Energy Master Planning provides critical detailed information far in advance on what energy related problems exist, and how performance and improvements will impact their overall operating cost today, tomorrow and into the future. It is a well-known assumption throughout the energy industry that most large facilities that fail did not have a strategy in place incorporating an Energy Master Plan.

Why should I have an Energy Master Plan?

An EMP provides a more focused way to better determine growth plans and prioritize projects of an organization so they are in step with the capital plans. The EMP provides the guidelines for reducing energy use and cutting carbon emissions while maintaining sound economic rationales for conservation-related improvements. An EMP can achieve many goals that will yield economic, environmental, and social benefits.

Will everyone support an Energy Master Plan?

Yes and you will be surprised at the amount of support you will receive throughout your organization. Similar to a company’s safety plan, your EMP too will become part of an everyday ongoing practice to keep your energy cost in check. Think of an Energy Master Plan as a way for management to set the course, define the path, and measure the results. Once implemented it becomes the mind-set of the entire organization.

What should be included in an Energy Master Plan?

What is an Energy Master Plan? The Energy Master Plan spans the entire life cycle of a facility. It makes energy consumption more efficient and fully integrates energy management functions into the overall operations of the buildings. An Energy Master Plan puts in place a strategy for making energy conservation and sustainability decisions so opportunities automatically fall in place with the long-term business goals of the company.

An Energy Master Plan should include but not be limited to the following: • Commissioning LEED & Retro-Commissioning • EPA Energy Star Score

To learn how to develop an Energy Master Plan or to schedule an appointment, contact Jim Nagle directly on 856-237-7505 or by email at

• Active Energy Procurement • Energy Efficient Technology Screening • Optimization Building Management Systems • Energy Monitoring / Analytics • Water & Wastewater Targets • Recycling Programs

• Maintenance targets • Communications • Occupant Energy Awareness Training • Performance Analysis & Investment Plan • Measurement & Verification • Emission & Carbon Footprint Reductions

• Sustainable Practices & Pathways • Incentives & Rebates • Renewable Technologies • Identification of Capital Improvements • Scheduling & Phasing • Supporting Documentation • Budget and Resource

An Energy Master Plan can be your optimum energy solution as it moves beyond the confines of traditional engineering and incorporates your concerns into a smart business strategy where the energy budget is viewed as an opportunity for profit. Once an Energy Master Plan is implemented it will transcend the company culture and establish the rules of thinking for many years going forward.

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Featured Projects

New Jersey Resources (NJR)

Alexander Wind Farm Project ENERACTIVE SOLUTIONS was contracted by New Jersey Resources Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV) to provide owner’s representative and construction management services for the installation of their 48.3 MW, 21 Wind Turbine Project located in Rush County, Kansas. Approximately 120 miles northwest of Wichita, the Alexander Wind Farm Project is NJRCEV’s largest onshore wind project to date. The total capacity of the wind farm delivers enough clean energy to power over 17,000 homes annually. The Eneractive Team provided NJRCEV with expertise in technical oversight of the project to assist their efforts in ensuring integrity during the implementation and turnover phases of the project.

Specifically, Eneractive provided NJRCEV with: • Project Oversight/Construction Management • Risk Mitigation • Cost Control Oversight • Site Observation and Milestone Reports • Assistance with Project Startup, Witness Testing, Commissioning and Turnover Services The electrical energy produced by the Alexander Wind Farm Project will be sold through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to both the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (KCBPU) and Yahoo!, Inc. KCPU will use this energy to help serve their 65,000 electric and 59,000 water customers in Wyandotte County, Kansas, while Yahoo will use the wind power to offset its energy usage in the Great Plains region.

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Energy Procurement WHAT’S UP & DOWN

in Natural Gas Storage For week ending in January 15, 2016 , the EIA released their Natural Gas Storage report today, January 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. The February contract closed yesterday at $2.118 and traded early this morning, up about 2.5% at $2.173. With the announced withdrawal of 178 Bcf coming in below expectations, we saw the contract drop immediately back down to yesterday’s close and is currently sitting at $2.111. A blast of cold in the Midwest and South Central is Insight on Nat Gas Storage: Week ending 1/15/2016: Consensus expectations: Last week: Last year: 5-year average:

(178) (183)-(187) (168) (220) (177)

what led us to the largest withdrawal of the storage season. This is the first withdrawal that has been above the five year average in over a month, but some of the nation’s top Natural Gas experts state, we will need to see a pretty significant cold weather event to really put some pressure on shorts and get a rally in Nat Gas. For those on the gas side, the only question is whether the February contract will settle above $2. To all of you reading this in the Northeast, please stay safe during this winter storm and get ready for somes now. According to EIA estimates, working gas in storage was 3,297 Bcf as of Friday, January 15, 2016. This represents a net decline of 178 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 629 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 473 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,824 Bcf. At 3,297 Bcf, total working gas is above the five-year historical range.

*Volumes in Bcf, billion cubic feet

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Energy Procurement

WEEKLY NATURAL GAS & ELECTRICITY The EIA reported a net withdrawal of 117 Bcf last week, which includes a 4 Bcf reclassification Natural Gas from base gas to working gas in the South, implying real demand of -113 Bcf. The number was looked upon as a bullish report and contributed to a volatile January week in both gas and power markets.

The last report exceeded the consensus estimate (-97 Bcf) and the prior week’s data (-58 Bcf), but trails both the prior year’s number (-116 Bcf) and the 5-year average (-129 Bcf). Working gas inventories for the storage week ending last Week of December totaled 3,643 Bcf. This is 17% higher than last year, and 15% higher than the 5-year average for this week.


Power prices were sharply lower in the Northeast, and moderately lower for most PJM load zones. The 12-month Around The Clock curve in NEMASS gave up $2.80/MWh while the 24-month fell by about $2.25. Calendar 2016 dropped roughly $1.60. The 12-month Around The Clock curve at NY’s Zone J load zone fell by about $1.60; the 24-month also declined by about $1.35; and the calendar 2016 strip was around $1.10 lower.

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Natural gas supply increased sharply week-over-week, with healthy gains in all sources of supply. Production was up 2%, with strong increases in the Northeast. Canadian imports rose 17% with most of the deliveries going to the Northeast. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) send growth in gas consumption outstripped supply gains, climbing 17% for the week. Residential and commercial consumption increased by 33%, as colder temperatures drove heating demand. Power burn demand rose by roughly 3%, while industrial consumption was roughly 5% higher. The Solution | Quarterly | January | 4

Spotlight On


of 2015!

ENERGY STAR has released the names of their annual ENERGY STAR Award Winners, and we would once again like to congratulate these four companies on their achievements! We are honored to have been able to work with you.


Constellation Energy/Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE) was honored as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence. Along with their Smart Energy Savers Program, which offers residential energy efficiency solutions, BGE has provided incentives for more than 2,075 ENERGY STAR certified homes since the program’s beginning.

MERCK & CO., INC Whitehouse Station, NJ

Merck has a history of success in regards to energy and sustainability programs; for this reason Merck was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence. Notable accomplishments include: achieving a 7.4-percent energy intensity reduction for its U.S./Puerto Rico operation and an 8.3-percent reduction globally compared to the previous year.


For reasons such as having increased its portfolio-wide average ENERGY STAR score over 3 points since 2013, and having achieved nearly $2 million in energy cost savings, New York-Presbyterian (NYP) received the title of ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its ongoing commitment to comprehensive energy management.


Vornado Realty Trust was recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. One of Vornado’s key accomplishments attributing to this award include funding more than $10 million worth of base-building energy efficiency projects.


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) was selected as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in Sustained Excellence for its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, and Energy Efficient Product Programs. Since 2014, NYSERDA has offered incentives to more than 25,452 ENERGY STAR homes. The Solution | Quarterly | January | 5

Spotlight On MUNICH RE PLAZA 3 TAKES HOME AN EMERALD AWARD In October 2015, The US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBCNJ) held its annual Emerald Awards Ball where Emerald Award winners were recognized. The Emerald Awards recognize companies and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability. Of the six winners, Munich Reinsurance America’s Plaza 3 took home the award in the Suburban Green Project Commercial category.

Commissioning effort for the Munich Re Plaza 3 project located in Princeton, NJ. The 38,000 square foot project consisted of conference and fitness center amenities. As the Commissioning Agent, Eneractive’s role was to act on the owner’s behalf and oversee full project fulfillment, inclusive of the design/construction effort and the operation and maintenance effort, as well as providing postoccupancy follow-up service.

However, this isn’t the first time Plaza 3 was recognized for its sustainability efforts. Earlier in 2015, Plaza 3 was awarded LEED Platinum Certification. The Plaza 3 LEED Commissioning project began in 2013. During this time, Eneractive was contracted as the Commissioning Agent to conceptualize, create, and conduct an Enhanced

Eneractive is proud to have been able to have been a part of this project and would like to congratulate Munich Re for their tremendous efforts. To read the full press release published by USGBCNJ, click the button below. Read the press release

NYC HPD/HDC Benchmarking Provider

Eneractive Solutions has been selected as one of the PreQualified firms to provide building benchmarking and performance tracking services to City-financed buildings. The Eneractive team looks to further support the Mayor's affordable housing initiatives designed to help achieve the 80 by 50 goals. With residential buildings accounting for 34 percent of total emissions, reducing residential utility usage through building system upgrades and improved building management is essential for NYC’s affordable housing community.

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Empoweractive THANK YOU!

For all of the toy donations!


That’s right — we’re blogging now! At Empoweractive, we are not only looking to bring awareness to our own initiatives, but we value the importance of turning the spotlight to other charities and organizations that deserve our attention as well. That is where our blog comes in. In keeping with the giving spirit Eneractive has made the initiative of collecting toys in support of Toys for Tots. We would like to take a moment to thank all who donated this year! Your contribution helped make a child’s holiday season one to remember. For those who are unfamiliar, Toys for Tots is a 501(c)3 organization run by the United States Marine Crops, whose goal is to collect unwrapped toys and distribute them to less fortunate children across the country. Since the creation of the program in 1947, Toys for Tots has collected over 469 million toys for distribution to families in need.

From our weekly Charity Spotlight, to People Who Inspire, to our own events and fundraisers, we have broken down our posts into categories of things that matter to us. Click the button to the left to check it out. We are constantly curating content to bring to you. Click here to visit our blog and start reading!

Do you know of a charity that is really making a difference? Have you recently seen an inspiring or moving video online? If you want us to feature it on our blog, let us know! We are always looking for ways in which we can move and inspire others. Want to catch us on other forms of social media?

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Sales & Business Development We are excited to welcome Tim Lake to Eneractive’s Energy Technologies (E-Tech) Group! Tim brings over 20 years’ experience in the metering and technology industries and has a significant presence in energy markets throughout the Northeast and nationally. He also has substantial experience in functional areas such as sales business development, strategic planning, operations, and employee benefits. Tim spearheads VEM sales and project development initiatives in our Asbury Park office.

As a Field Engineer in the Asbury Park office, Alex brings a variety of skills and experience to the Eneractive Team. As a NEBB TAB Certified Technician, Alex works primarily with Eneractive’s TAB Division, but he also fills a breadth of other responsibilities such as reviewing mechanical prints, submittals, and specifications, using the direct digital controls (DDC) systems, measuring, adjusting, and troubleshooting commercial and industrial HVAC systems, and generation of TAB and Commissioning technical reports among other things. Welcome aboard, Alex!

Dwayne's expertise in his field makes him a valuable asset to the Eneractive Team, and we are excited to have him on board!


Dwayne joins Eneractive as a Controls and VEM Engineer for our Energy Technologies (E-Tech) Division. Dwayne has a variety of experience in facets such as project engineering, HVAC tech support, operations and project management. In addition to his past experience, Dwanye also has technical knowledge in a multitude of software packages such as Wonderware, Rockwell RSLogix, Tridium, among others.


DWAYNE PURVIS Energy Engineer


NIKHILA CHIRUMAMILLA Energy Engineering Intern

Nikhila will be graduating this spring from Villanova University with a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Electrical Energy Systems. Nikhila assists in the compilation of functional performance test sheets and generation of measurement and verification plans for commissioning projects, as well as energy benchmarking and utility analysis for facility energy audits. Nikhila is also responsible for the design and sizing of solar array layouts as well as tracking the solar renewable credit sales that are secured after installation.

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What’s Next



January 23-27, ASHRAE Winter Conference — Orlando, FL Learn more

January 28, USGBC-MD Wintergreen Awards — Baltimore, MD Learn more

Eneractive’s Bill Gretta (VP, Power Plant Solutions Division), along with Dan Weeden (President & CEO) and Jim Nagle (VP of Market Development and Sales), will be attending and exhibiting (booth 39) at the annual Reinhold NOx- Combustion-CCR Roundtable & Expo. The Conference includes O/M panels, workshops, and a 46-booth exhibition coal-fired power generation industry

February 3, LL87 & LL88 Webinar — Online

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February 22-24, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer — Austin, TX Learn more

February 23-25, TechCon North America— Albequerque, NM Learn more

February 24-25, Solar PV Conference & Expo —Boston, MA Learn more

GLOBALCON 2016 March 9-10 • Boston, MA

Presented by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Globalcon focuses on finding energy solutions to power our future and to sustain our present. There are four critical areas to which Globalcon draws its attention: energy management, HVAC and Smart Building Systems; renewables; lighting efficiency; plant and facilities management. Eneractive VPs, Saverio Grosso and Alan Freidman will be attendance and look forward to seeing you there! To learn more, click the button below. Learn more

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What’s Trending TREND Analytics

Last week we featured 5 notable industry hashtags:




Using Hashtracking’s analytics, we were able to break down how many tweets (taken from a sample pool of 1,500 tweets per hashtag) were original, how many were replies, and how many were retweets. We then compared the results for each hashtag in three separate pie charts. Take a look at our results and see which industry buzzword out-trended the other:











































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About Us ENERActive is an independent energy consulting and engineering firm specializing in the analysis, design, development, and implementation of energy conservation projects. Staffed with highly tenured professionals from the energy engineering and energy project development fields, we have the capability to not only identify energy conservation measures, but our history of bringing these projects full circle to completion has given us a track record of performance that ensures all projects are assessed, developed, and implemented in a manner which consistently exceeds the expectations of our clients. HEADQUARTERS 700 Mattison Avenue, Suite A | Asbury Park, NJ 07712 t: 732-988-8850 | f: 732-988-9596 NEW YORK 150 Broadway, 8th Fl., Suite 802 | New York, NY 10038 t: 212-269-2302 | f: 917-460-7365 MARYLAND 7001 Muirkirk Meadows Drive, Suite E | Beltsville, MD 20705 t: 301-210-9560 | f: 301-210-9561 POWER PLANT SOLUTIONS 42 West Main Street, Suite 1 | Clinton, NJ 08809 t: 732-988-8850 ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES DIVISION 370 Neff Ave, Suite E | Harrisonburg, VA 22801 t: 540-434-1178 | f: 540-434-1178 |

The Solution | Quarterly | January 2016

The Solution - Issue 12  

As the temperature starts to drop and we settle into the new year, take a minute to catch up with the latest issue of Eneractive's Quarterly...

The Solution - Issue 12  

As the temperature starts to drop and we settle into the new year, take a minute to catch up with the latest issue of Eneractive's Quarterly...