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Making the business case for a campus energy manager

OBG’s Michael Madigan, PE, LEED AP joined Dan Herr of SUNY Buffalo State College and Rebecca Hughes of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to talk about how a campus energy manager, who works within facilities services and collaborates on energy-related projects across the campus, can provide cost savings.

Previously at SUNY Buffalo State College, functions that could be assigned to a dedicated energy manager were  handled by facilities staff who had other management responsibilities. With funding assistance from NYSERDA’s FlexTech Program and NYPA’s Operations and Maintenance Acceleration Program (OMAP), the college initiated a two-year pilot program with OBG to demonstrate that having a campus energy manager is a cost-effective investment.

The program, which began in 2017, aimed to manage campus energy use, reduce campus operating costs, increase energy awareness across the campus, and improve energy efficiency through more effective operations and maintenance.

In its first year, OBG’s campus energy manager program provided SUNY Buffalo State College more than $300,000 in energy cost savings.

This pilot program is successfully demonstrating that a full-time campus energy manager is an essential position that should become a permanent part of the college’s campus facilities operations.

Learn more in the presentation Michael, Dan, and Rebecca gave at the 2018 SUNY/PPAA & NYAPPA Summer Conference, which was held June 12-14, 2018 in Lake Placid, New York.

Making the Business Case for a Campus Energy Manager [PDF]

During the conference, members of OBG's energy team also talked with attendees about the company's SUCF Term Contracts and Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Campus Challenge energy roadmap projects.

About Michael Madigan, PE, LEED AP, CEM: As a technical director supporting OBG's energy business, Michael performs energy efficiency studies and energy project development for commercial, industrial, municipal, and higher educational facilities. He has developed campus-wide energy master plans for colleges and universities, including the SUNY University at Albany, SUNY Buffalo State College and five senior campuses at the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as plant-wide energy studies for industrial facilities. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in NY, USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Michael can be contacted at: Michael.Madigan@obg.com