Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy (EME) | Constellation Energy
“Very innovative! The average annual kWh per customer is impressive!”
--Judge for Product & Project Awards
Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy (EME) product gives commercial electricity supply customers the ability to fund energy conservation measures — such as energy efficient lighting, building automation controls, and HVAC upgrades – without up-front capital expense.
Constellation says that on average, EME customers have saved 21 percent on their electricity use and subsequent costs. Customers also benefit from the reduced maintenance time and costs required for newer, more efficient equipment and systems, the company says, and because no upfront capital is required for the upgrades, customers can accelerate project time frames or complete upgrades that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible.
With EME, Constellation is viewing energy management in a holistic way, enabling commercial customers to combine energy supply purchases with efficiency measures. Such a shift in perspective encourages CFOs and facilities managers to start talking to one another about energy management. Additionally, energy management technology providers leverage EME to help their customers fund needed upgrades. For example, energy management platform developer Telkonet has partnered with Constellation to offer its hotel customers the opportunity to install the company’s newest in-room energy management control system through EME.
From January 1, 2012, through September 10, 2013, EME program participation grew from just seven to 67 customers, says Constellation. During that period, EME projects saved customers more than 84 million kWh in electricity use. The average annual kWh savings was 21 percent per customer; however, some customers achieved as much as 54 percent.
In addition to kWh savings, Constellation says EME projects completed through September 10, 2013, have helped to avoid the release of more than 59,000 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of taking 12,292 cars off the road, according to US EPA data.
Piloted in 2011 in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions, Constellation expanded EME to competitive electricity markets nationwide in 2013. Customers include companies in industries like office buildings, grocery stores, schools and universities, hotels and medical facilities.
Financing can often be an inhibitor to investments in energy management and efficiency, and this is a solid and valuable business model/offering, said the judges who evaluated Constellation’s product.