Winter 2015 Forum

"The Energy Manager's Crystal Ball"

December 10, 2010
McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale

Our Winter Forum brought together two timely and interesting speakers; recognized the efforts of the 2010 Energy Manager of the Year Award Winners; and presented our members with a timely update of the ETO New Building Efficiency Program.

Charlie Grist spoke about the energy savings achieved by Northwest Utilities through energy conservation programs. From 2005 – 2009 utilities have spent about $1 billion on conservation programs, and realized about 900 MW of savings. Conservation is a much cheaper way for electric utilities to meet their increasing electric demands than increased generation,and is the focus of many utilities in the coming years. Charlie highlighted this in his presentation, contrasting the average cost for a utility to purchase electricity on the open market since 2005 at $30 to $60 per MWH with the average cost for a utility to “purchase” electricity through conservation has ranged from about $10-$15 over this same time period.  The cost for a new large scale wind farm is about $100 per MWH, which is also about the same cost for a new nuclear utility plant. Clearly conservation remains the most cost effective way for utility companies to satisfy future demands for electricity.See His Presentation

Nick Leritz of Ecos presented information about the new (still under development) ISO50001 Energy Management System Standard. This is an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) protocol being developed by representatives of 50 countries that is designed to provide organizations with a methodology to improve their organizations’ energy efficiency. It involves establishing an energy baseline, identifying energy reduction opportunities, developing a strategy to reduce energy, implementing the strategy, and evaluating the progress.  It is aimed at industries, commercial enterprises, and the federal sector, and it is expected to be finalized and released in July 2011. See His Presentation

The Energy Manager of the Year Award for 2010 was given to the team at Portland Public Schools consisting of Catherine Diviney and Nancy Bond. Catherine is the Energy Specialist and Nancy is the Resource Conservation Specialist for the district. This District is the largest school district in the state with about 100 buildings averaging 65 years old. Being a large public entity entails much bureaucracy and fiefdoms that can often pose impediments to energy conservation efforts. Nevertheless Nancy and Catherine have successfully implemented behavioral conservation efforts, energy efficiency projects, and renewable energy generation projects. Specific projects include installing Solar PV on roofs of nine schools, installing high efficiency T8 fluorescent lights in all of their gymnasiums, roof insulation projects, boiler upgrades, and entering into a performance contracting agreement to generate energy savings. See Their Presentation

Elin Shepard of PECI (Portland Energy Conservation, Inc.) provided an update of the revised ETO (Energy Trust of Oregon) New Building Efficiency Program. Some of the changes to the program this year include: Introducing a $2,500 incentive for owners to hold an Energy Charette during the schematic design stage, increasing the incentive levels for new buildings energy saving projects, providing even higher incentive levels for projects that exceed 15% overall savings, eliminating many standard track incentives (such as high efficiency lighting and HVAC, VSDs, DCV, etc.) and developing standard spreadsheets that will determine the incentive for these “straightforward” measures that used to be in the standard track path. A small commercial pilot project is underway that utilizes the Core Performance Guide (Oregon Addition). See Her Presentation


Charlie Grist, PWN Consevervation

Nick Leritz, Ecos

Catherine Diviney & Nancy Bond, Energy Managers of the Year

Elin Shepard, PECI


Fall 2010 Forum    

"Cruise into the Energy Future with Electric Vehicles"

October 15, 2010
Portland Conference Centers, World Trade Center

Topics included:
• EV 101: Electric vehicle and charging stations types
• State and Federal Incentives, tax credits and code restrictions for electric vehicles and charging stations
• EV Project overview
• Charging station installation lesson's learned
The Oregon APEM 2010 Fall Forum, “Cruise into the Energy Future with Electric Vehicles,” was held at the World Trade Center 's Portland Conference Center, in downtown Portland (a special thanks to Portland General Electric for being such wonderful hosts). Throughout the day there were many interesting and thought provoking speakers, as well as the opportunity to see and interact with some of the latest charging station equipment manufactures and experience first hand several electric vehicles from Portland General Electric's fleet that were on display in the plaza area.

Rick Durst, PGE, began the day by providing an overview of the basic types of electric vehicle's and charging stations that will be arriving in our state shortly. He explained the acronyms (EV, BEV, PHEV, etc.) and difference between Level I, II, and DC fast chargers, and guided the general discussion about electric vehicle power requirements and infrastructure needs. see his presentation

Art James from the Oregon Department of Transportation continued the discussion by explaining the available tax credits, incentives and code restrictions that are associated with the coming electric vehicle revolution. see his presentation

David Mayfield of ECOtality, discussed the "EV Project", a current Department of Energy grant to deploy roughly 2,000 charging stations in Oregon over the next year and how local businesses and governments can be involved in purchasing electric vehicles or charging stations. Dave explained the project's goals, scope and timeline in Oregon. see his presentation

Peter Brandom, Sustainability Manager for the City of Hillsboro, talked about the challenges involved in getting EV chargers installed in a community. Peter has worked directly with charging station manufactures, local utilities, and the state to install or plan the installation of several charging stations in the Hillsboro area. Peter offered great insight into this process, along with the complications and options available in the charging station market. see his presentation

Rich Durst lead a very enlightening activity showing the normal driving patterns of forum participants. This great activity highlighted the average daily commute, and the average mileage to favorite destinations of our forum audience from several different geographic regions. This unscientific, although highly entertaining, activity helped bring home the point that the majority of Americans could perform their normal driving activities with an electric vehicle.


Art James, ODOT

Peter Brandom, City of Hillsboro

David Mayfield, ECOtality

Rick Durst, PEG

Summer 2010 Forum    

Topics included:

The Northwest Sixth Power Plan...Charlie Grist
Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code...Mike Rosenberg
Local Student Projects and the Student Energy Project of the Year Award

The Oregon APEM 2010 Summer Forum, “Sustaining the Future of Energy,” was held at Northwest Natural in downtown Portland (a special thanks to NW Natural for being such wonderful hosts). Throughout the day there were many interesting and thought provoking speakers.

Charlie Grist began the day by providing an overview of the NW 6th Power Plan. It was amazing and yet encouraging to see how much of our future energy needs can be met purely with conservation.

Gabrielle Schiffer kept the ball rolling with a brief discussion about the Oregon Building Codes Division as part of her introduction for Mike Rosenberg. Mike began his presentation with a brief overview explaining why the Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code was changing. As many know, a large portion of the country’s energy is consumed by buildings. By upgrading the code, more efficient buildings become the law. This in turn greatly reduces energy consumption in the building sector. Mike continued by covering the major changes to the code and then discussed different methods for complying with the new code.

Following Mr. Rosenberg’s presentation was a short activity that was designed to give attendees an opportunity to network with their peers as well as meet new people. Mitchell Dec followed that with a presentation on the energy efficient design features that had been incorporated into the 12 west building, a mixed use building in downtown Portland. Mitch’s presentation was a perfect lead-in to a tour of the building that took place following the forum.

The lunch hour included two presentations from students who were recipients of Student Project of the Year awards. There were winners in both the Student Internship category and the School Project category. Lura Griffiths, a graduate of the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) in Renewable Energy Engineering (REE), discussed the work she did while interning at PECI. Ken Peterson, also a student at OIT in REE, presented an energy audit that he, Brandon Little, Lura Griffiths, and John Sifri had conducted as a class project. Both students did a wonderful job and it was great to hear what local students are working on. It appears that the future of energy efficiency is in good hands.


Charlie Grist

Mike Rosenberg

Local Student Projects and the Student Energy Project of the Year Award

Spring 2010 Forum    

Topics included:

Highlights from the February Legislative Session - including a discussion of the future for the Business Energy Tax Credit and possible future legislation impacting energy efficiency in the state, by Rep. Phil Barnhart; and commentary by Bob Repine, Oregon Department of Energy, on changes to the Business Energy Tax Credit. See the handouts on House Bill 3680 and updates to BETC Incentives.

Lynne Eichner-Kelley, Energy Manager – City of Eugene plans for energy efficiency and successes

Strategies for achieving Net Zero buildings presented by keynote speaker Mike Hatten, SOLARC. See his Discovery Center Case Study.

Chilled Beam Systems. In June 2009, the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) finished construction of the first active, four-pipe, chilled beam system in the Pacific Northwest at the Eugene State Office Building. A panel discussion from the project team for the building covering the technical merits of chilled beam systems, the decision to move innovation forward with taxpayer money, the comparison to a traditional radiant cooling system and the realistic energy saving projections, and a tour of the building after lunch.

Why use a chilled beam system? – Elin Shepard, DAS Sustainability Coordinator
The ESOB project – Steve Ponce, DAS Senior Construction Project Manager
Design challenges and successes – Tricia Berg, PIVOT Architecture
How it works – Steve Hoffman, Systems’ West – Mechanical Design Engineer
The energy model – Steven Savich, Systems’ West – Energy Modeler