U.S. Energy Engineers qualified as RCxL provider in AEP (Indiana Michigan Power)

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U.S. Energy Engineers is approved as a qualified firm to perform Retro-commissioning (RCxL) services in various commercial and industrial buildings in the AEP Indiana & Michigan Power’s Indiana service territory. The RCxL Program has (3) three system tracks: Building Optimization, Compressed Air Optimization and Refrigeration Optimization, all part of the Indiana Michigan Power Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Program.

Retro-commissioning, generally, is the systematic process by which building systems are optimized to meet existing operational needs. The RCxL process will identify operational inefficiencies that can be changed to yield energy savings. The RCxL Incentive is designed to help I&M qualified customers determine the energy performance of their facilities and identify energy saving opportunities by optimizing their existing systems for energy savings. To maintain program cost-effectiveness, the Program will focus on customers based on the following criteria per each track.

  • Buildings Track: Higher-than-average electrical intensity (kWh/ft2) based on 2003 CBECS data per building type and past utility usage data within a minimum of 50,000 ft2 of conditioned space. A building age greater than (5) five years old. A functional Direct Digital Control (DDC) system. Functional mechanical equipment that is not at the end of its useful life. A firm commitment to adhere to program recommendations and settings to ensure ongoing energy savings. No existing or former commitment made to complete the project.
  • Compressed Air Track: Significant kWh savings opportunity. Functional equipment in place that is not at the end of its useful life. A firm commitment to adhere to program recommendations and settings to ensure ongoing energy savings. Systems must be in good working order with functional components and controls. System minimum size is 25HP, and air is used in production. RCxL must encompass entire system. No existing or former commitment made to complete the project.
  • Refrigeration Track: Significant kWh saving opportunity as determined by LM. Functional equipment in place that is not at the end of its useful life. A firm commitment to adhere to program recommendations and settings to ensure ongoing energy savings. No existing or former commitment made to complete the project. Refrigeration systems must be in good working order with functional components and digital programmable system controls present. Systems used in a facility with a minimum of 10,000 ft2.

Targeted facilities will include, but are not limited to office buildings, large hotels, hospitals, large retail stores, industrial plants and refrigeration warehouses. The Program’s approach is to use established RCx processes to identify and implement cost-effective electrical energy savings measures, and provide building operators assistance to ensure measure persistence. While a full RCx scope of services includes all of a building’s systems and equipment, the RCxL Program will focus only on those systems and equipment that contribute to the Program’s savings goals. These measures focus on building controls optimization, compressed air optimization and refrigeration optimization. The Program will encourage the implementation of low cost/no cost energy efficient measures by providing an installation incentive of $.066 per kWh saved.

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