Energy Efficient O&M Program Analysis


CBK, under contract to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, conducted a comprehensive study to evaluate the feasibility of a implementing an energy efficient operations and maintenance incentive program within New Jersey.   The study resulted in a series of recommendations including strategies, budgets, anticipated outcomes and evaluation methods that could be the basis of a pilot program in this area.  A core goal was to create a program that would eventually be self sustaining and that would rely, to the extent possible, on current building owners to perpetuate.  These efforts resulted in a model program, including a mock-up of a web application tool, tentatively titled “Operate Smart” to serve this need.

Food Sales Program


In support of NSTAR’s Energy Efficiency Program, CBK provided research and technical assistance on an as-needed basis to design, implement, and ultimately evaluate a program offering specifically targeted at improving the energy efficiency of the food sales industry - a market segment that is both particularly energy intensive and, to date, not well served by regional program offerings.  CBK has drawn upon national research and their own experience to advise NSTAR on matters such as market characteristics, motivations, and barriers to the successful implementation of such a program.  

Home Performance with Energy Star Program Analysis


As part of CBK’s work for the Department of Energy Building America Program, the Center  is researching  New Jersey’s Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) program to determine which packages of energy efficiency measures are  achieving 30% energy savings or greater in existing homes. The Center will work with the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, and Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) to evaluate the specific measures implemented in 50-100 homes that have achieved measured energy savings of more than 30%. Measurements will be based on utility bill data, not modeled savings. The Center will also look at the return on investment (ROI) of the packages using measure implementation costs from the homes. This project will identify the most common packages that achieve 30% or greater energy savings in existing homes.

Energy Efficient Unit Refurbishments in Public Housing


As a team member in the Department of Energy Building America Program, the Center is helping to develop packages of energy efficiency retrofit measures that Public Housing Authorities (PHA’s) can cost-effectively implement when units are refurbished between occupancies. Over one million HUD-supported public housing units provide rental housing for eligible low-income families across the country. These units range from scattered single-family houses to high-rise apartments. This project – which is being conducted in cooperation with ARIES, another Building America team - will consist of a field evaluation in which energy audits will be performed on a sample of PHA units, a protocol will be developed for typical units, the protocol will be implemented by PHA staff, and the effectiveness of the protocol will be quantified through field testing and modeling. Finally an outreach strategy will be developed based on the results of this project for the public housing audience allowing other PHA’s to repeat the success of the program.

USEPA Supermarket Toolkit


Building upon CBK’s experience in the food sales industry throughout the Northeast region, the Center was awarded a USEPA Region 2 grant for a Pollution Prevention project.  Under this program, CBK developed and deployed a web application offering no and low-cost strategies for improving energy efficiency and reducing pollution at supermarkets throughout the Northeast region. The online self-diagnostic and training tool will focuses methods that reduce energy use and reduce refrigerant leakage, a major contributor to the greenhouse gas effect. This project employs the power of web applications to serve specific market segments with pertinent information developed in consultation with industry representatives so as to make energy and resource efficiency their standard practice. 

PSE&G Supermarket Toolkit


In support of the PSE&G Retro-Commissioning Program, CBK expanded upon its original scope of services to develop an online toolkit that captures the knowledge acquired in the program in a format that can be used as an energy savings management system.  The toolkit alerts users to scheduled maintenance activities and then facilitates evaluation of their current EE status using a previously established EnergyStar Portfolio Manager account.   The goal of the toolkit is to extend the persistence of the savings generated at the participating stores for a longer period of time, increasing their return on investment and, in the process, hopefully transforming the market by developing a cohort of skilled building operators capable of realizing such savings throughout their parent organizations.

Retro-Commissioning Pilot Program


CBK, in service to Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G), designed and implemented a Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Pilot Program targeted to the unique needs and motivations of supermarkets and their respective service contractors. The Pilot program design is the first New Jersey program targeted to maintaining energy efficient facility operations through no and/or low cost measures, training, education and monitoring. Program participation included 35 individual stores from 7 of the largest supermarket chains in the Northeast.  

New Jersey Utility Working Group: Filing Facilitation


CBK was asked to facilitate a collaborative effort among 7 utilities in New Jersey – Atlantic City Electric, Elizabethtown Gas, Jersey Central Power and Light, New Jersey Natural Gas, Orange Rockland Electric, PSE&G, and South Jersey Gas – in response to a request from the office of then-Governor Corzine which was preparing to implement a special stimulus program focused on energy efficiency.  CBK’s role was to act as an independent third party to facilitate – and serve as secretariat for - meetings and discussions among and between the participating utilities.  CBK’s purpose was to help the utilities:

  • Determine which programs were best suited to be delivered in a collaborative fashion by all the participating utilities.
  • Decide which programs are best suited to be delivered by individual utilities or small groups of utilities.
  • Decide which utility programs also support programs offered through the NJ Clean Energy Program.

At the conclusion of the facilitation effort, CBK also assisted the participants in preparing energy efficiency program filings that would be in accordance with the principles outlined in the NJ Energy Master Plan of October 2008 and with the RGGI minimum filing requirements as defined by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. 

Utility Incentive Program Guide


This guide will help building owners in the Philadelphia 10 county region understand the financial incentive programs available in the region for energy efficient upgrades. Building owners can use the maps and zip code tables to determine the programs available to them based on building local on and utility service provider. Each program description includes a link to further information.


Somerset County High Performance Public Buildings Program


The Somerset County High Performance Public Buildings Program is focused on creating buildings that protect taxpayer investment with reduced building operating costs and increased user productivity. The program has 18 requirements in the areas of Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials and Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality. The Somerset County Program is based on the US Green Building Council’s LEED™ New Construction rating system. Fulfillment of the Somerset County Program requirements also fulfills all of the LEED™ prerequisites and 16 additional LEED™ credits. Therefore, if a design team is interested in pursuing LEED™ Certification or beyond, the Somerset County Program can put a project well on its way.


Program Requirements.pdf

Policy and Implementation SEP1707.pdf

PNC case study.pdf



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