Energy Efficiency Report

Energy Efficiency Reporting in New York City

The introduction of Mayor Bloomberg’s and the New York City Council’s landmark energy efficiency regulations under the ‘Greener, Greater Buildings Plan’ has led to major reforms for NYC’s buildings in terms of assessment and disclosure of energy consumption (energy efficiency reporting). Local Law 87 requires qualifying buildings to undergo energy audits and retro-commissioning (starting in 2013) and subsequently file energy efficiency reports documenting all findings and the actions taken. Failure to submit an energy efficiency report by the set due date (which depends on the last digit of the building’s tax block number) will result in the imposition of strict penalties and compounding fines.

After Energy Audits: Filing Energy Efficiency Reports

There is no one-size-fits-all strategy to energy reduction planning and generating an energy efficiency report. Each building has its own unique energy demands, energy-using equipment and energy investment goals; therefore, good energy efficiency reports will incorporate that complexity in analysis and implementation of energy reduction opportunities.  

An energy audit may result in several recommendations, some that are critical for cost reduction and others that can be implemented at the owners’ discretion, all of which should be documented precisely in the energy efficiency report. Comprehensive energy efficiency reports will include applicable rebates, grants and incentives identified for the measures proposed in energy audits, as well as any equipment upgrades required during retro-commissioning. Factoring in rebates and incentives can shorten the payback time for energy efficiency projects, so it is important to represent these calculations in the energy efficiency report along with the standard financial analyses. (For example, a lighting retrofit with an upfront cost of $75,000 and expected annual savings of $25,000 will have a payback of 3 years; but a utility rebate of $25,000 shortens the payback to 2 years.)

Purpose of an Energy Efficiency Report

The main deliverable of an energy assessment is the energy efficiency report that recommends measures for energy reduction and provides the client with accurate information allowing for actionable results.   

The report encourages the building owner to adopt the recommended measures and provides a clear path for them to understand the options presented, along with their cost analysis, feasibility and expected energy savings.

Our Energy Efficiency Reporting Process

Associated Renewable’s Energy Solutions team uses a ‘whole-systems’ approach to conduct energy audits and document the proposed measures accurately for Local Law 87 energy efficiency reporting. We provide our clients with concise, accurate and reliable information that makes it easy for property owners to act upon recommendations and file their energy efficiency reports correctly.