Electric Utility Support to Labs Working Group

Lead: Eversource chaired by Steven Miller

Purpose

Eversource is establishing an I2SL a nationwide Utility Working Group to facilitate the development of energy-efficient solutions through incentives and power management strategies for laboratories and related facilities in their service areas. The intent of this effort is to address the energy efficiency issues of both existing and new laboratories, including building infrastructure and large, floor-based laboratory equipment, as well as to share best practices and challenges in coordination with local and national building codes and health and safety standards.

Background

Eversource, a New England electric and gas utility, approached I2SL to undertake this working group to coordinate a national response for utilities in support of their high-tech customers. Steven Miller, Eversource's High Performance Labs Manager, has been contacting utilities across the country to gauge interest in forming and actively participating in a Utility Working Group. Eversource has created a robust energy efficiency lab initiative, including a technology/product track to address ultra-low temp freezers and other lab equipment and an air flow management track that partners environmental health and safety (EH&S) and engineering teams to address conditioned air flow in a more flexible manner.

Get Involved

For more information or to participate in the Utility Working Group, contact Steven Miller.

Scope

The I2SL utility working group hopes to address the following issues:

  • Gain support of state utility commissions to fund the complicated energy strategies involved in labs.
  • Providing early funding support for building energy efficiency infrastructure equipment.
  • Interacting with procurement officials to support the best energy-efficient, floor-base lab equipment.
  • Encouraging lab design and retrofit strategies that utilize equipment "core" spaces.
  • Develop utility training and awareness programs for lab managers and users.
  • Encourage sub-metering and information guidance for uniquely high energy consuming lab spaces.
  • Encourage the use of green chemistry and other ventilation reduction methods where possible.

Goals

  • Ensure a real-time utility management strategy within lab management and users.
  • Assure constant utility involvement in lab planning, whether for renovation or new construction.
  • Support lab personnel in managing the consumption of energy in their lab spaces.
  • Provide less onerous rules for rebates to laboratories.