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Energy Management

Energy Management incorporates sustainability and energy efficiency into long-term planning, operations and management of campus facilities.

Activities include:

  • Energy Policy
  • Work with in-house staff and our energy consultant, Competitive Energy Services, to develop and manage the University’s Utility Budget assuring the lowest possible cost to the University.  This includes cost effective procurement solutions to reduce the cost and GHG emissions of energy, e.g. from renewable energy projects; biofuels, hydropower, etc.Using EnerNOC Building Energy Intelligence System, analyze energy usage and compare to past to see if energy is being reduced or increased; and to measure and verify effectiveness of energy conservation updates.
  • Using analytics supplied by EnerNOC evaluate building management systems control and improve building energy usage to improve overall energy effectiveness.
  • Reviewing all building programs affecting energy consumption from a technical standpoint, recommending energy conservation in building renovation, new construction and operations. This is highlighted by UMass Lowell's $27 Million Accelerated Energy Program to reduce water use and total energy by 25%.
  • Learn about UMass Lowell's University Crossing and its sustainability features.
  • Working with the Projects Group in establishing and updating standards for green building design approaches in renovation and new construction
  • Manage a program to reduce the University's energy and GHG emissions in collaboration with major stakeholders to support the University’s CAP and Sustainability goals.  This program of capital and operational improvements is developed to reduce energy usage, cost and environmental impact; including operational and capital activities. Includes development of annual call for new energy and deferred maintenance projects.
  • Climate Action Plan Steering Committee: Chair the Energy Conservation and Projects Subcommittee through energy conservation efforts and reporting concerning energy conservation, renewables, green practices, and energy procurement. 
  • Manage operation of and manage efficiency of five solar arrays on campus at rooftops of Costello, Bourgeois, Leitch, Dugan and South Campus Garage.
  • Review /approve Net Metering Credit (NMC) invoices from Solar developers and NGRID bills for accuracy.  Review Energy Procurement consultant invoices for NMC administrative fees.Annually develop and report the University’s Energy Tracking Reports to the MA. DOER (Dept. of Energy Resources) in compliance with E.O 484 Leading By Example.

Building Conservation Projects

Solar Photovoltaic Summary

PV Arrays:

  • PV Arrays Bourgeois Leitch HallsBuilt in 2011 Bourgeois/Leitch Halls, Costello Gym, Dugan Hall

  • PV Arrays South GarageBuilt in 2016 South Garage

Solar Renewable Energy Credit or SRC is a green energy credit and its ownership is transferrable via the SREC Market established to encourage solar.  In the past few years the state sold SRECs for UMass Lowell...
  • FY16 281 SRECs 
  • FY15 255.5 SRECs 
  • FY14 119 SRECs
Virtual Solar Net Metering Credit contracts have increased by 480% between FY14 and FY15 with the addition of four new contracts with First Wind (now Sun Edison) at their Warren A and C, and Millbury Arrays.
Virtual Solar Net Metering Credits (NMCs) for:
  • FY16 were $1,336,850
  • FY15 were $1,230,522
  • FY14 were $255,342

Solar Thermal Domestic Hot Water Preheater

A new solar thermal domestic hot water preheater was installed at the ICC as part of the UMass Lowell AEP Comprehensive project in 2017.  This system will reduce annually the fossil fuel heat by an estimated 2000 terms and reduce GHG by 30,283 pounds.