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Energy Management Services for Schools

The Energy Management Services for Schools (schools program) provides technical guidance, expert support services, and financial assistance to improve the management of energy use and costs in existing and planned school facilities. Energy management services available through WPPI that can be offered to public and private school districts include energy benchmarking, facility energy assessments, construction plan reviews, equipment efficiency comparison, energy cost saving estimates, load monitoring, retail rate analyses and explanations and technical training.

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The Energy Management Services for Schools (schools program) provides technical guidance, expert support services, and financial assistance to improve the management of energy use and costs in existing and planned school facilities. Energy management services available through WPPI that can be offered to public and private school districts include energy benchmarking, facility energy assessments, construction plan reviews, equipment efficiency comparison, energy cost saving estimates, load monitoring, retail rate analyses and explanations and technical training.

The need for coordinated energy management guided by outside support arises from the following conditions found in many school systems:

  • Finances – Many schools have placed a low priority on operations and maintenance budgets, delaying the replacement of inefficient equipment, reducing maintenance procedures, and selecting new equipment based on equipment purchase cost rather than life-cycle energy cost. The results of these actions have been reduced energy efficiency and higher operational costs.
  • Personnel – Many school systems do not have a full-time facilities manager with building technologies training. Both part and full time facilities managers are busy overseeing maintenance and custodial personnel, managing vendor and contractor relations, ensuring compliance with safety and environmental regulations, and reporting to their superintendents and boards. These individuals lack the time and expertise to evaluate the energy status of their facilities and to prepare efficiency improvement plans.
  • Politics – School system utility costs are usually in the range of 2% to 4% of the total budget. Despite the relatively small fraction of the total, energy costs attract attention because of frequent news coverage about energy price volatility. School board members perceive energy costs to be one area where opportunities for savings exist. When presented with comparisons of the energy use of their facilities to other districts, board members can be motivated to improve their system’s rankings.

K-12 Energy Education Program

WPPI Energy members partner with the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP), through the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, providing a variety of professional development workshops to enhance the integration of energy education into existing curricula. Through teaching units, workshops, and scholarships, KEEP strives to provide a strong network of information to support ongoing education efforts in member communities.

National Theatre for Children

The National Theatre for Children, the largest in-school touring educational theatre company, is a popular and successful tool in educating students on important energy issues across WPPI Energy member communities. The live performances focus on energy management, safety and renewable energy and additional resources are provided to teachers to transfer the topics into lesson planning.