Portland's EnergyRM gets first major test at Bullitt Center
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Rob Harmon believes the MEETS program can help existing buildings better manage their energy efficiency efforts.
A Portland company is piloting a way to measure energy efficiency in a prominent new Seattle building.
EnergyRM is field-testing its DeltaMeter and its Metered Energy Efficiency Transaction Structure, or MEETS, in the Bullitt Center’s new Living Building in Seattle. The DeltaMeter allows users to measure energy efficiency in the same matter users can measure energy usage.
“For a long time people have been talking about the benefits of deep energy retrofits, but with few exceptions, the projects simply have not happened,” said Rob Harmon, Energy RM’s president and CEO. “The traditional approach to energy efficiency contains serious barriers to deep retrofits.”
In contrast, EnergyRM’s software can run on any server and operates by first establishing an agreed-upon baseline, which in the case of the Bullitt Center, represents how built-to-code buildings actually perform.
The DeltaMeter then adjusts the baseline for weather, occupancy and other factors, thereby creating a dynamic baseline. By taking a feed from a utility smart meter that reports building energy consumption and subtracting it from the dynamic baseline, utilities and building owners then get a true “metered energy efficiency” figure, representing the difference between how the building performs compared to the code baseline.
Under the MEETS approach, the utility then adds the metered energy efficiency to the customer’s normal bill. The combined bill represents what the building would have consumed without the energy improvements. The combined energy bill is then paid in the normal fashion.
Utilities benefit because they do not lose retail revenue, as they do in other energy efficiency transaction structures.
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