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1 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 Energy Audits and National Projects Presented by: Craig Metz, CEO EnSave, Inc.

2 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 About EnSave Since 1991, EnSave has supported the American agricultural sector with innovative energy efficiency and resource conservation solutions. Since 1991 EnSave’s programs have saved America’s agriculture sector over 325 million kWh, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of over 28,000 U.S. homes.

3 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 Our Services Program design and implementation –Energy efficiency –Resource conservation Performance contracting Farm energy audits Energy Training Special projects/consulting

4 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010

5 Who works with us? Utility companies State energy offices Federal and state agencies Utility commissions Universities Resource Conservation & Development Councils Conservation Districts Agricultural industry collaborations

6 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 Energy Pyramid

7 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 An energy audit records and analyzes energy use and recommends actions to reduce energy usage and/or increase production. A farm energy audit can identify energy savings of l0% to 35%… What is an energy audit?

8 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, Initial Interview 2. Site Visit 3. Data Analysis 4. Narrative Report Development 5. Follow up EnSave Uses a 5-Step Process for Energy Audits

9 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 What to Look for in a Farm Energy Audit /or Auditing Firm Knowledge of agriculture Compares current and proposed energy use Education or resource material about the recommended equipment Provides a return on investment of the proposed equipment Fuel types – electric, propane, heating oil, diesel Experience with incentive assistance

10 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 Best Practices Guides

11 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 Opportunities USDA: NRCS - EQIP Conservation Activity Plan Ag Energy Management (headquarters) provided by TSPs Contract payments based on state’s payment schedule Rural Development – REAP Grants for energy audits, renewable energy development assistance - Farmer pays at least 25% of the cost of an audit REAP provides grants and loans to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements Competitive up to 25% of total eligible project costs REAP Loan provides $25 million or 75% of total eligible project costs, whichever is less

12 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 Agricultural Energy Management - Component 2 - Option 1 - Certification Group Criteria Agricultural Energy Management Plan - Headquarters Energy Audit Certification: Hold an Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) certification as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), or hold a Professional Engineer (PE) license. Acceptable headquarters energy audits developed by a TSP who qualifies under Option 1 (Certification) will also satisfy energy audit requirements under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

13 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 Agricultural Energy Management - Component 2 - Option 2 - Education & Experience Group Criteria Agricultural Energy Management Plan - Headquarters Energy Audit Education: A four-year engineering or architectural degree, or a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), or Registered Architect (R.A.) with at least three years experience in energy engineering or energy management. Energy Audit Experience: At least three (3) years of experience with energy systems, and the completion of five (5) on-farm energy audits. Energy Audit References: Two professional references needed verifying audit work.

14 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 Data Collection Training to Support Farm Energy Audits California Colorado Idaho Missouri Montana Ohio Vermont Virginia Upcoming Trainings:

15 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 Overview of Farm Energy Audit Program (FEAP) Farm Energy Audit Program (FEAP) – This is a national program that deals with energy efficiency at the dairy farm level FEAP is one of 12 different programs, focused on the entire dairy industry – from farm to table

16 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 FEAP Goals by 2020 Conduct audits on 20% of the dairies in the U.S. with more than 100 head 7,200 energy audits conducted $5 million annual cost savings and 50,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent

17 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 Multi-Pronged Approach FEAP TEAM – Private sector, non-profits, federal and state agencies working together Work with cooperatives and other milk marketers as well as other industry leaders Utilize: Best Practices Guide Farm energy audits Integration with existing programs i.e. USDA NRCS –AgEMPs, USDA RD –REAP, SEP and utility programs

18 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 Farm Energy Auditing Tool (FEAT) Farm Energy Auditing Tool (FEAT) by EnSave – Released February 3, 2010 FEAT is a web-based tool that allows EnSave clients to provide high quality farm energy audits to America’s agricultural producers FEAT Contains Four Core Components: Data Collection Calculations Narrative Energy Audit Report Administrative Reporting Bata testing opportunities available through March 2010

19 SNEC SWCS Winter Meeting, February 18, 2010 Thank you! Please contact me for any questions: Craig Metz, Chief Executive Officer EnSave, Inc. (802)


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