Energy Management Services
JRP have a range of energy management services which can be individually tailored to suit your organisation’s needs. Our accredited specialists have significant experience in helping a wide range of organisations to make substantial savings in energy, costs and carbon; reducing waste and environmental impacts; and improving sustainability outcomes whilst minimising the impacts on an organisation’s operation.
Monitoring and Targeting (M&T)
Understanding how, where and how much energy is being used is the first step to improving energy efficiency. JRP have extensive experience in specifying and installing complete M&T packages, tailored to your organisation’s requirements, that measure, record, analyse, report and communicate meaningful energy management information to enable businesses to manage the energy it uses.
Primary and secondary metering is usually the source of the original data and can include consumptions from all utilities including gas, electricity, water and compressed air. An automatic meter reading (AMR) system will capture, retrieve and store consumptions which can then be analysed to produce and communicate management reports.
With this ‘end-to-end system’, data measured in the field can be translated into useful management information which JRP’s experienced specialists can interpret and use to advise businesses how their energy efficiency can be improved.
Measurement and Verification (M&V) Services
One of the commonly cited barriers to the uptake of energy reduction projects is the lack of trust in the level of savings being claimed.
In order to gain stakeholder confidence and buy-in it is important to prove the success of any energy reduction project or energy performance contract. This requires that savings are made clearly visible and that the methods used to assess them are robust and transparent whilst maintaining a pragmatic balance between M&V cost and the need for certainty.
Using the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol (IPMVP), JRP Solutions provide a holistic service to independently and impartially quantify and evidence energy savings achieved by improvement projects. All analysis is carried out by JRP Solutions analysts who are qualified in both IPMVP and ISO 50001 and who have many years of practical operational as well as energy expertise.
The benefits of using this approach are:
- Maximises value over time by ensuring persistence of energy savings
- Documents financial transactions
- Enhances the likelihood of gaining financing for energy improvement projects
- Supports decision making on investments proposals and business cases
- Provides information regarding opportunities for improved design, operation and maintenance
- Accounts for variance from the utility budget
- Supports evaluation of efficiency programs
- Aids prioritisation of investments for competing technologies or projects
- Educates facility users about their energy impacts
- Improves score in sustainability rating systems such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
- Defines standard approaches to ‘measuring savings’, to reassure facility owners
- Legitimises ESCO projects through international recognition of the payment through the savings
- Helps parties to create transparent, repeatable performance contract terms and emission trades regarding savings settlement
JRP Solutions offer different levels of M&V service tailored to clients’ specific requirements. This could be all or part of any of the following services:
- A holistic service that includes setting initial baselines as well as the evaluation of a series of projects to determine avoided costs
- Setting up and onward monitoring of an Energy Performance Contract (EPC)
- Undertaking an analysis of a portfolio of projects in order to determine a suitable M&V strategy or M&V plan
- Providing an impartial review and verification of in-house or third party performance
Using our expertise and experience of the standard, we have successfully used this approach for a wide range of energy reduction projects including behavioural change initiatives. In one case, for example, we were able to prove that savings of 7.43% were achieved from behavioural projects alone at the end of an 18 month period.
If you would like to know how the IPMVP approach could benefit your organisation, please contact Julian.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 6127 567.
Energy Procurement Advice
Effective management of energy costs depends as much on how the energy is procured as on how that energy is used.
JRP’s specialists continually monitor the reported prices and availability of energy to maintain an up to the minute view of where markets are heading over both the short and long term. This enables us to advise clients on energy procurement contracts, tailoring each contract to a client’s individual attitude to risk, not only on price but also to security of supply. We will then provide a clear view on the optimum risk positions for the duration of the client’s particular contract periods, taking account of all the component parts that make up the price of delivered energy: the energy itself, transportation and distribution costs, government levies and taxes and supplier charges.
JRP can also advise on new site installations where close monitoring is required to ensure that all infrastructure, including the necessary fiscal metering, is operational on time to meet the requirements of the site’s occupiers.
Plant Condition Survey and Replacement Planning
Many manufacturing processes depend on old and unreliable plant and equipment. “I regularly struggle to meet my customers’ deadlines due to plant failures.” If this is you, then a JRP Plant Condition Survey is what you need.
During a Plant Condition Survey our experienced engineers will critically review all the utility plant and equipment, and for each item inspected will:
- Assess and rank the risk of it failing in service
- Assess and rank other aspects such as HSE risk and energy efficiency
- Recommend the action necessary to return it to a reliable, serviceable condition (in some cases replacement may be the most economical solution)
- Estimate the associated investment required
The survey data will enable us to produce a risk matrix for the site, identifying the risk and consequence of failure for all items of plant and equipment. This in turn will show where investment should be focussed and will support the prioritised investment plan. We can then help implement the investment plan if required.
Specification of A-Rated Assets
The replacement or addition of a new production asset offers a real opportunity to evaluate the energy efficiency of existing plant design and to consider how improvements can be made.
Working with clients and equipment manufacturers, JRP can develop specifications for future purchases of manufacturing equipment/machinery that are optimised for energy efficiency to achieve an A rating.
JRP energy consultants can examine and reverse engineer each element of the Asset Energy Certification (AEC) methodology to identify where improvements can be made, without loss of productivity or output and for ease of operation. Specifically, they can:
- Develop new assets to have a specification to include energy efficiency
- Develop new versions of existing assets to benefit from findings of the AEC methodology
- Produce recommendations for an A rated asset, system and installation design
- Manage supplier relationships and contracts to deliver design improvements or work with OEMs to include improvements in the design of new assets
To see how JRP have made significant energy and therefore cost savings for clients through this process, please go to the case study here.
On-site Energy Management Support
Whilst most organisations recognise that effective energy management is essential, often the required expertise is not available in-house and a full-time energy manager cannot be economically justified. This is where JRP can help.
JRP’s On-site Energy Management Support service can be a cost effective and flexible route to driving a successful energy management and cost reduction programme. The service can be provided on a call off basis with time drawn down as required for specific tasks or regular attendance where time is only paid for as and when work is carried out. Deployment is by agreement, typically on a month by month basis, based on a pre-agreed number of man days and level of cost, which can be directed by you to assist with, or trouble shoot, any energy related issue. This will ensure the changing needs of your business are always met at a known cost.
This approach to resourcing energy management can address an organisation's requirements for:
- Temporary specialist expertise
- Part time energy management
- Fluctuating energy support
- Specialist expertise not available in-house
- Adapting to changing business needs and priorities
JRP consultants can provide a wide range of support from resolving or managing compliance issues, developing a site specific energy plan, the implementation of improvement opportunities to energy awareness training.
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JRP currently provide this On-Site Energy Management Support to a number of organisations ensuring a real focus upon managing energy effectively and helping to prioritise actions and measures to reduce energy consumption and costs in a consistent and sustainable way. With complete flexibility as to how and when this service is called upon and indeed how it is deployed, costs are minimised, resources optimised and targets are achieved.
Selling Energy Generating Capacity to the National Grid
For any organisations generating their own energy, the Capacity Market can be a way to realise a steady, predictable revenue stream with little or no additional investment. Even organisations with small generators, can benefit.
The Capacity Market has been developed by National Grid Co (NG) to maximise current energy generation capabilities on the network, and to encourage minimal use of the national grid. Generating organisations submit bids at auction to supply their capacity to NG and if successful will benefit from a steady, predictable revenue stream (capacity payments) that encourages them to keep existing generation available on the system.
The bidding process can deter smaller generators for whom JRP can provide an aggregator service. An aggregator bids to supply the NG and draws on the capacity of a number of separate organisations to do so. What are the benefits of using JRP’s aggregator services?
- Time: Using JRP’s aggregator services rather than bidding direct means that the generator can start selling their capacity without waiting for the next round of auctions.
- Administration: Using an aggregator, the generator can effectively opt out of the bid process which can be a fairly burdensome exercise for those without specialist knowledge or experience.
- Resources: no additional resources would be required to manage your obligations under the scheme as this would all be done by JRP.
- Expertise: Our expert knowledge and experience is invaluable in ensuring the smooth operation and delivery of the scheme’s obligations. For example, JRP can ensure that adequate metering is in place to show unequivocally that the assets are generating during the system stress periods and can carry out a site assessment to propose any additional metering requirements to satisfy the needs of the scheme.
If you would like to know more about selling your capacity to the National Grid and JRP Solutions aggregation services, please call us on 0800 6127 567, or email email@example.com.
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Options Appraisals and Optimisation
Organisations today face a double challenge: reduce greenhouse gas emissions AND reduce costs. Gas is cheaper than electricity, but a heavy reliance on gas means higher emissions. Having a Combined Heat and Power system is good for costs, but not so good for emissions. How can organisations reap the benefits of CHP and still be acting effectively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
JRP’s CHP specialists can work with you to determine the optimum capacity, specification, and configuration for a proposed new or replacement CHP installation. We can carry out a thorough options appraisal to minimise carbon emissions and energy costs including an assessment of alternatives. These may include ground source or air source heat pumps, biomass combustion and solar thermal etc. A comprehensive option comparison considering carbon management, cost saving, return on investment and other client criteria may still show CHP to be the best solution.
The asset life and typical service agreement for CHP plants is 10 to 15 years. If you already have a CHP system, JRP can work with you to reduce and optimise heat loads to facilitate efficient CHP operation in the medium term which can provide a good foundation for the newer technologies when it comes time to move away from CHP.
In the longer term there may be more attractive solutions than CHP to minimising carbon emissions in the face of continuing de-carbonisation of the UK grid electricity and changing energy markets including the possible development of a hydrogen economy, this may bring about commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cells and other new technologies.
To gain an independent expert view of CHP, costs and carbon emissions, you can request our infosheet ‘The role of CHP in the Net Zero economy’ here.
If you would like a free 20 minute free phone consultation with one of our energy experts to discuss your options and to help find the best answer for your organisation, please email George.firstname.lastname@example.org