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1 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Installing Renewable DG in High Performance Schools in Connecticut Steven Weisman Peregrine Energy Group, Inc. April 10, 2006

2 2 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Project Objectives Analyze current trends in construction and financing Describe energy issues and opportunities Identify ways to facilitate HPS and renewable DG Determine major market barriers Recommend strategies CCEF can pursue

3 3 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Methodology: Research Best practices (Federal and State) Current school construction in CT Energy performance of CT schools CT General Statutes & legislation CT school reimbursement process (DOE) CT life cycle cost analysis process (DPW) CT Energy & Green Building Initiatives

4 4 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Methodology: Interviews CT Dept. of Education CT Dept. of Public Works New Haven Schools Construction Dept. Westmount Management, Inc. Institute for Sustainable Energy at ECSU Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Massachusetts School Building Authority

5 5 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Connecticut Schools Today Average age almost 50 yrs. (1027 schools) Over 250 schools without major renovation for 20-plus years CT spent $3.8 billion for school project reimbursements from 2000 – 2005 Energy efficiency well below national average, with 60% in lowest quartile Average energy cost per student more than 50% higher than national average

6 6 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Energy Use in CT Schools Source: Institute for Sustainable Energy: EPA Benchmarking

7 7 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Energy Use in CT Schools Source: Institute for Sustainable Energy

8 8 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Energy Use in CT Schools Source: Institute for Sustainable Energy

9 9 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP High Performance Schools “People & Environmentally Friendly” Oriented to maximize solar benefits Integrated into community Design optimizes thermal, visual, acoustic comfort Focused on indoor air quality Energy efficiency exceeds code by 20% or more (Energy Star) and design incorporates renewables Conserves water, reduces waste water, limits run-off Less expensive to operate and maintain

10 10 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP High Performance Schools “Focus on Design & Construction Processes” Recognize long-term impacts of decisions ‘Life Cycle Cost’ more important that ‘First Cost’ Take an integrated approach to design Use building metrics and modeling to specify performance Engage ‘commissioning agents’ ensure design compliance and provide quality assurance Require ongoing performance measurement and Provide for systems optimization

11 11 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP High Performance Schools

12 12 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP HPS in Connecticut: City of New Haven Program 10 yr. program will result in 50 new or renovated schools Since 2003, all meet combined LEED and Energy Star standard Seek a minimum energy score of 75 (of 100) To date, 8 new schools with anticipated annual savings of $400,000 and 30% of use Equals 20-yr. savings of $10,000,000

13 13 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP New Haven Keys to Success Leadership Long-term perspective High Performance School Design Guide Integrated design Building modeling Early and ongoing commissioning Process and performance auditing for continuous improvement

14 14 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Renewable DG Case Study: Barnard Magnet School 68kW PV rooftop system in New Haven Integrated into environmental curriculum $612,000 materials and labor cost $361,940 CCEF grant $238,000 CT DOE reimbursement (95% for magnet) $12,503 net cost to City 1.1 yr. payback ($11,616

15 15 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Renewable DG in CT Schools: Extrapolated Economics “Barnard School” in Other CT Cities 68kW PV system: $612,000 materials & labor $250,060 cost after $361,940 CCEF grant Net cost after CT DOE reimbursements:  Bridgeport: $50,012 / 4.3 yr. PB (80.00% DOE grant)  Middletown: $97,348 / 8.3 yr. PB (61.07% grant)  Rocky Hill: $144,685 / 12.5 yr. PB (42.14% grant)  Glastonbury: $167,890 / 14.4 yr. PB (32.86% grant)

16 16 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Barriers to HP & Renewables in CT Schools HPS are new and unfamiliar in CT Persistent ‘first cost’ focus at all levels Local champions are needed Specialized technical support required HPS cost more to design and build

17 17 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Opportunities for HPS Proposed legislation and related activity New Haven projects Potential collaborators CCEF initiatives and funding Utility ‘Energy Conscious Blueprint’ MA Green Schools Initiative model

18 18 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Other Related CT Initiatives CT Climate Action Plan CT Green Buildings Council Initiative 2006 State Energy plan of CEAB Institute for Sustainable Energy CCEF Renewable DG Program

19 19 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP MA Green Schools Initiative Funds committed for:  School feasibility studies and modeling  Staff position at MA DOE  Design Standards development, based on CHPS  Project design and construction  Project evaluation  Local outreach and workshops

20 20 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP MA Green Schools Initiative Results, based on study of 8 schools:  Green schools cost 3-4% more  Incentives (utility, DOE, MTC) on average cover 75% of incremental cost  Benefits over 20 yrs. exceed costs by factor of 6 to 8

21 21 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Recommended Strategies for CCEF Policy Initiatives Collaborations Targeting Education and Training Technical Support Financing

22 22 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP CCEF Activities: Policy High Performance Building legislation CT DOE incentives for HPS construction CT DOE support for commissioning CT DPW requirement for whole building LCCA and modeling Encourage New Haven-type city efforts

23 23 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP CCEF Activities: Collaboration Create a HP Implementation Task Force to lead and coordinate actions Join with CEEF to get utility resources Establish a HPS Coordinator position Partner with Institute for Sustainable Energy Collaborate with NGOs on outreach

24 24 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP CCEF Activities: Targeting Establish an “early warning system” for project opportunities Identify districts where HPS and renewables would be attractive Pursue the over 250 schools with no renovations for 20-plus yrs. Find cities that can replicate New Haven

25 25 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP CCEF Activities: Technical Develop “Design Standards” for CT Fund design charrettes for towns Fund feasibility studies and modeling Support creation of Energy Information Service to track and benchmark energy use by schools Fund a HPS Coordinator position Fund analysis of results

26 26 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP “Top-down” vs. “Bottom-up” With or without legislation, transition to HPS and renewables will be a challenge New thinking is needed Stakeholders must align and collaborate Knowledge must be nurtured and shared Support infrastructure must be built Resources must be provided

27 27 P EREGRINE E NERGY G ROUP Straw Budget for CCEF HPSP HPS Design Guide$70,000 HPS Coordination ( for 3 yrs.)$270,000 City Planning Grants (4)$100,000 Outreach (for 3 yrs.)$45,000 Trainings$20,000 Design Charrettes (30)$150,000 Feasibility / Modeling (15)$300,000 Analysis and Documentation$45,000


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