Very often, system energy audits lead to significant opportunities for efficiency improvement and substantial savings in annual energy costs. To proceed on actions such as these, you can use the Energy Performance Contract tool, without spending money and offloading the risk on others.
What is an EPC?
With Energy Performance Contracts, you can increase the value of your business by transforming current investment spending, in other words: what you previously used to spend on energy can now be used to repay those who sustained the investment on your behalf while taking on the risk of failure.
In general, it should always be remembered that in Energy Performance Contracts the actors involved are: a client (who must undertake the energy efficiency action); an ESCo (that identifies efficiency opportunities, plans the intervention, and reports the achieved savings. The ESCo may finance the intervention); a backer (an optional third party such as a bank, a fund, or some other entity).
Furthermore, an important consideration – the Energy Performance Contract is governed by the 2012/27/EU Directive, Legislative Decree 102/2014, Ministerial Decree 26/06/2015 (minimum requirements) and ENEA Guidelines.
Measurement is a key aspect here.
Remember that you will pay back those who invested on your behalf with the savings that you will achieve. Keep in mind that to assure efficiency, you must ensure that measurements are executed correctly and that the cost savings rendering is performed objectively. The UNI CEI 11352 standard identifies the appropriate tools for these purposes, the IPMVP protocol to be carried out by a certified CMVP. View the list of certified CMVPs.
EXCO is also certified!
Take a look at the graphs depicted below as an example; you should engage a consultant capable of calculating a correct baseline (yellow curve), accurately measuring your consumption downstream of your intervention point (blue curve) and objectively estimating the relevant savings (differential between the blue and purple curves).
For a more in-depth understanding of Energy Performance Contracts, their relevant primary typologies and to review a case study, please download our free guide!
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