Evolution Energy Partners: Energy Conservation Meets Fast ROI

Evolution Energy Partners: Energy Conservation Meets Fast ROI

Chuck Hurchalla, President , Evolution Energy PartnersChuck Hurchalla, President
Today, most energy conservation projects are accepted or rejected by decision makers based on the return on investment and the payback timeline. But as a design-build firm, Evolution Energy Partners (EEP) can design a turnkey project with full technical and financial considerations packaged in ASHRAE Level 2 or 3 reports that detail everything the customer needs to make a “Go” or “No-Go” decision. Then—once the decision is made—EEP manages the entire project including engineering, equipment procurement, labor, recycling, utility rebate administration, financing and more. What’s more, EEP’s multifaceted approach helps customers reduce their energy consumption and utility spend with zero upfront capital needed.

EEP has two primary divisions working closely together for the benefit of their customers – one focused on design-build energy efficiency and the other focused on energy procurement. At no cost, EEP assesses a customer’s facility and determines how much energy a customer uses and where and why the energy is being consumed. Simultaneously, EEP determines how much their customer is paying per unit of energy (i.e. kWh, Therm, gallon, etc.).

To address energy consumption, EEP relies on their expertise in more than six dozen different engineering approaches and energy conservation measures (ECM). Their engineers, Certified Energy Managers (CEMs), and LED lighting specialists can evaluate all energy consuming loads across facilities in literally any industry or vertical (from hotels and office buildings to hospitals and country clubs to food processing and heavy industrial).

"The energy assessment begins with a deep dive into the customer’s HVAC systems, process loads and lighting systems," says Robert Holdsworth, Vice President of EEP.

The energy assessment begins with a deep dive into the customer’s electrical, mechanical, HVAC and lighting systems to develop comprehensive understanding and documentation

Then, the EEP team engineers multiple potential ECMs which allows them to identify those measures which produce the highest ROI and fastest paybacks and remove those measures with longer paybacks.

At the same time, EEP’s procurement division can work with customers in de-regulated states to manage their cost per kWh and/or Therm. EEP’s procurement side is comprised of specialists with strong industry knowledge, hedging expertise and deep ties in the various utility companies. In addition, EEP applies risk mitigating procurement strategies that involve utility bill auditing, tariff analysis, market forecasting, and independent contracting. And finally, their turnkey approach includes free access for their customers to their online utility bill auditing and management software for tracking, budgeting, forecasting and benchmarking compliance.

An example of how EEP’s approach can save customers money can be found in their work with a large NYC hotel customer. The hotel needed to cut costs and improve infrastructure, but were constrained financially and by prior loan covenants. EEP’s innovative project design garnered over $100,000 in rebates while also funding the project through on-bill utility repayment, essentially making the project an operational expense rather than a capital expense. Best of all, because the savings from the project are greater than the financing charges, the project self-funds itself and generates positive cash flow every month for the hotel.

EEP’s roadmap includes keeping a close eye on battery storage and micro-grids. “We believe this to be the future in distributed energy, demand reduction and energy management,” states Chuck Hurchalla, President of EEP. In the meantime, EEP will continue providing one-stop shopping for energy cost reduction while addressing both the supply and demand side of the energy equation.