Energy Efficiency Training

Introduction to energy auditing

A five day training course, specifically developed for those who are new to energy auditing, equips participants with an understanding of a systematic process for undertaking energy audits which provide a sound business case for investment in energy efficiency upgrades.

This draw’s on Bruce’s considerable experience in undertaking energy audits and contributing as the AIRAH representative to AS/NZS 3598:2014 Energy Audits.

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Energy audits are undertaken in order to identify energy savings opportunities and estimate the costs and benefits of energy efficiency improvements. They also identify how much energy is being used by a facility and can be used to benchmark energy use.

Standards such as ISO 50002 and AZ/NZS 3598:2014 define the activities to be undertaken during an energy audit and the outcomes, with the end aim of ensuring that energy audits are trustworthy documents that can be used to persuade facility owners that there is a sound business case for energy efficiency upgrades in their facility.

It is not easy to achieve this aim, and those new to energy audits often don’t know how to undertake the audit.

Learning outcomes

In this course participants learn how to undertake an energy audit and:

  1. How to follow a systematic step by step process to successfully deliver the audit.
  2. The fundamental principles of producing a trustworthy energy audit report that is persuasive.
  3. How to work with those operating the facility being audited to maximise the benefits of the audit with the resources available.
  4. How to collect, analyse and interpret energy consumption data.
  5. The critical information that needs to be collected on-site and how to find it.
  6. Which tools and instruments are needed to aid in site analysis and how to use them.
  7. How to ensure audits are undertaken safely.
  8. How to identify where energy is used and the major energy uses.
  9. How to identify energy saving opportunities.
  10. How to quantify costs and benefits (not as easy as it sounds).
  11. How to assess savings and cost uncertainty and communicate these.
  12. Principles of ranking energy saving opportunities.
  13. How to prepare an energy audit report.
  14. Presenting your audit and getting agreement on how to move forward.

Energy Management and ISO 50001

In 2011 the Fifth Annual Global Energy Efficiency Survey, found that “Organizations that set a reduction goal, analyze energy data frequently, add internal or external resources, and use external financing were found to implement four times as many improvement measures as those who did none.”

2011 was also the year in which ISO 50001, Energy Management Systems: Requirements with Guidance for Use, was first published, with the aim of helping organizations improve their energy productivity by developing an energy management policy, identifying how much energy they use, setting targets, developing action plans, and resourcing their energy management activities. Organisation’s which have a systematic approach to energy management, aka ISO 50001, are much more likely to realise the benefits of energy efficiency.

Energy Management Training

During this three day workshop participants learn how to introduce a systematic energy management approach to their organisation. The key outcome of the workshop is the production of a draft energy management policy and energy management action plan for their organisation.

Certified Measurement and Verification Professional Training

CMVP training provided to a minimum of 10 students. Bruce is certified by the Efficiency Valuation Organization as a Level 3 trainer to deliver the 2 1/2 day training and then administer the AEE 1/2 day CMVP exam.

CMVP training participants

For CMVP training in Australia contact the Energy Efficiency Council.

Introduction to energy measurement and metering

Energy metering is an important part of M&V, particularly when using options A and B, and an understanding of metering can also be useful when undertaking energy audits.

This “touch and feel” training on metering covers electricity, gas, flow and thermal metering and measurement. Participants will get to examine and inspect meters as part of the training.

Energy Metering Training

Covering one day, the course provides introductory guidance on meter selection, installation, calibration and data collection and validation. Meter accuracy will be discussed, along with techniques for reducing the costs of measurements.

Techniques for quickly manipulating data files will also be presented, along with guidance on data collection intervals and the development of a metering plan.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course participants will:

  1. Be able to develop a metering plan
  2. Have inspected meters for electricity, gas, flow and thermal metering and measurement.
  3. For each type of measurement (electrical energy, gas energy, flow, temperature) be aware of safety requirements for meter installation, operation and removal.
  4. For each type of measurement (electrical energy, gas energy, flow, temperature) understand calibration requirements and issues around meter accuracy
  5. Be familiar with the application and limitations of range of meter types.
  6. Be able to manipulate raw data files to obtain useful data.
  7. Participate in discussions about the practical use of metering with other participants.

This course has been developed for the Energy Efficiency Council, for training in Australia contact the Energy Efficiency Council, for delivery elsewhere please contact us.

Solar Training

Managing and Quantifying Risk in Solar Projects

Solar projects have a variety of technical and non-technical risks associated with them. Often in the excitement about the potential to both make good financial returns and reduce carbon pollution these risks are not well understood. There is danger of damage to both investors and the uptake of solar power – something the planet urgently needs – when risk is not managed appropriately.

Managing and Quantifying Risk in Solar Projects is an introductory one day seminar covering elements of solar risk, tools and techniques for quantifying risk, and ranking and managing risk.

After attending this seminar you will have the knowledge to be able to:

  • Make more informed investment decisions
  • Strengthen you negotiating position
  • Improve investment returns
  • Invest with greater confidence is solar projects
  • More effectively manage your solar investment.

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