Energy Services & Sustainability
As our name implies, Energy Services and Sustainability manages all of the energy for all of the buildings of the University of Rochester. What constitutes management is a bit different depending upon if the building is on campus or off campus. In either case, our goals are the same: ensure our customers has quality utilities at the lowest cost possible and help our customers become more energy efficient and sustainable.
ProcurementEnergy Services and Sustainability purchases all energy and water from external utilities for both on campus and off campus properties. This allows UR to purchase energy at a lower rate than if each building purchased their utilities individually. The other advantage is that all of the financial and energy usage information is collected in one place for improved reporting and analysis. We manage about 440 electrical, 300 natural gas and 175 water external utility accounts on behalf of our internal customers.
BillingEnergy Services and Sustainability allocates all of the utility expenses between departments and ensures that each department pays for the utility that they used. This gives departments incentive to save energy, because if they do, their expenses will decrease accordingly.
UR MetersEnergy Services and Sustainability owns and operates 800+ electric, natural gas, chilled water, hot water, steam and domestic water meters on River Campus, Medical Center and Mid Campus. Data from these meters is collected in our OSISoft PI system and a portion of that data is then transferred to our Energy Management Information System. These meters allow to allocated actual energy usage to each building, are important in assisting when analyzing each buildings energy use, and critical for measuring and verifying results for energy conservation measures.
ProjectsEnergy Services and Sustainability always has multiple projects in progress to maintain and enhance the plant and associated distribution systems. Some of which are specifically to increase efficiency or improve sustainability. Even if the project goal is not energy efficiency, we still evaluate the project to determine if there is a feasible way to accomplish the project goal and increase efficiency at the same time. We help facilitate customer’s energy conservation projects where possible.
IncentivesWe are always on the lookout for utility and government incentives, towards energy conservation projects or studies to increase our energy efficiency or sustainability. UR is a NYSERDA REV Campus Leader, which qualifies us to participate in the NYSERDA FlexTech program. Energy Services and Sustainability has recently obtained incentive funding from NYSERDA FLexTech, NYSERDA RTEM, RG&E C&I Program and the RG&E Self-Direct program towards multiple projects which will help us improve our sustainability. These incentives are an important contribution to making these changes cost effectively.
EMISThe Energy Management Information System (EMIS) by eSight Energy installed in 2020/2021 and paid for through an RGE incentive, integrates nearly all aspects of energy management together into one software platform. This software tracks, coordinates and analyzes energy usage data, energy conservation measures and facilitates communication to stakeholders and community. There are multiple views into the system. Many of the vital components of the system are available only to authorized users.
The EMIS integrates all of the following functions and services:
- Metering - data consolidation, historical data, and tools (verification, alarm, etc.)
- Analytics - analytic graphs and reports that analyze where and how our energy is consumed
- Dashboard - communication for students, faculty, and staff
- Funding - reports to verify energy savings on energy conservation projects for external incentives
- Operational Data - potential to expand dashboards for building managers insight into operations
- Improved energy management resulting in reduced energy consumption and costs.
- Student and faculty engagement in our energy use supporting academic and student interests.
- Improved efficiency within Energy Services and Sustainability to increase our effectiveness.
There are two public portals into the system, which do not require a password and are available to everyone on an official UR network. These portals will not work from off-campus unless you use a UR VPN.