CASE 5 ENERGYMANAGEMENT INITIATIVE (EMI)
F YO SIT IA , R E IV RN UN LIFO LEY CA RKE BE
DIFFICULTY OF IMPLEMENTATION
The University of California, Berkeley, is working to incentivise energy-savings efforts across several programmatic areas. Its new Energy Management Initiative and Incentive Program offers the chance for departments to directly benefit from their conservation efforts by giving financial savings back to the users. Prior to Berkeley’s Energy Management Initiative, units around campus were not provided with a statement of their energy use. And although the campus was spending around USD 17 million per year on electricity costs alone, this meant that energy was generally treated as a free commodity. In its first year, the EMI Program built momentum towards establishing energy efficiency as a social norm and part of the day-to-day operations of the university. Since the launch of EMI in April 2012, the project has achieved savings of almost USD 2.0 million – surpassing the planning estimates – and did so while remaining 12% under budget. These savings represent a 1,500 tonne reduction in greenhouse gases and fulfill part of the campus Energy Management Initiative's mission to not only save energy but also to return those funds to teaching and research. For access to detailed programme information and resources provided to the campus community, see: www.mypower.berkeley.edu
Published on Oct 9, 2014
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