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Energy Management Collaborative

EnergyMAXX

What the Judges Said…
“Having the ability to evaluate projects based on payback, lowest net cost, or total cost of ownership provides great flexibility to the customer to choose which metric — or combination thereof — is most valuable to their decision-makers.”

Energy Management Collaborative’s EnergyMAXX tool is a consultative approach to optimizing lighting and controls solutions for multi-site businesses. The tool was designed to simplify the process of prioritizing energy efficient lighting projects, and is aimed at retailers that have hundreds of sites nationwide.

In consultation with EMC, businesses can choose their main project priorities: payback, lowest net cost, or total cost of ownership, and run scenarios based on technology options as well as utility program rebates and incentives. At the end of the consultation, the EnergyMAXX tool will have evaluated a wide range of possible options to identify those that should best maximize sustainability goals and operational savings for the organization.

EMC says the tool uses data from more than 253,000 lighting products that have been tested by the DesignLights Consortium and comply with specified performance and energy efficiency criteria. It identifies optimal choices for lighting design, energy savings, and project requirements. The EnergyMAXX tool also evaluates thousands of rebates available nationwide and maximizes their application in EMC lighting projects. It considers programs based on timing and location, and then prioritizes based on sites that will deliver the largest energy and financial savings in the shortest amount of time.

Although there are many lighting energy savings calculators, EMC says that most only ask for the number of fixtures, hours of operation, local energy rate, and costs to upgrade each fixture. The EnergyMAXX tool includes dynamic information about newly available LED products as well as rebate and incentives. Timing is also considered so businesses can capitalize on rebate and incentive programs before they expire or run out of funds. EMC says the company spent over 14 years building strong vendor-neutral relationships with lighting manufacturers, and fostering partnerships with hundreds of utilities.

Looking to reduce initial costs on the second phase of an LED lighting project, a big-box retail customer worked with EMC to prioritize a 50-site rollout within their portfolio. The EnergyMAXX tool identified rebate and incentive opportunities that would cut initial project cost by $126,000. When complete, the retailer recognized an average per store cost offset of 27.5% and an overall savings of $1.3 million, EMC reports.

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