Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund - Energy Auditor Opportunity

Energy Audits are an important first step toward a goal of reducing kilowatt hours and improving operating costs for many existing buildings. The goal of this Met Ed Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund Energy Audit Provider Program is to support building owners in their efforts to become more energy efficient by partnering with a certified and unbiased audit provider(s) to conduct at least 10 energy audits within the Met Ed service territory AND at least 10 energy audits within the Penelec service territory.

We, therefore, are announcing a Request for Proposals from certified, unbiased energy audit providers to conduct these audits, as described above. The strongest proposal(s) will receive a grant in support of this initiative.

What is a grant?
A grant is a disbursement to a qualified organization for a specific purpose or to support the organization’s operations and does not need to be paid back (unless the funding is misused). A follow-up report is required for each grant received that describes how the money was used, what impact it had, and other relevant information.

When should I apply?
Applications for the Energy Audit Provider Program will be available October 4, 2019, with a November 18, 2019, deadline. Decisions will be made by the end of December 2019.

How much money is available?
The fund will provide two $50,000 grants, one for audits to be conducted in the Met Ed territory and one for audits to be conducted in the Penelec territory. The grants may be awarded to the same organization, but could also be awarded to separate organizations.

Do I qualify?
To qualify for a grant, the organization and/or individual must:

Be located in Pennsylvania. Provide proof of certification to conduct ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audits. Demonstrate expertise and experience in providing professional audit reports and similar energy efficiency support to a wide variety (size/types) of building operators. Please note: the audits should not be focused on residential/home audits. This program is for nonprofit, commercial, and/or municipal buildings.

We expect that the auditor(s) receiving the grant funding for this program will provide ASHRAE Level 2 audits in cooperation with selected building owners. The summary information defining the scope of a Level 2 audit, is taken from the website of “Energy Advantage.”

ASHRAE Level 2 – Energy Survey and Analysis
A Level 2 audit includes the preliminary ASHRAE Level 1 analysis, but also includes more detailed energy calculations and financial analysis of proposed energy efficiency measures. The financial analysis or Life Cycle Cost Analysis provides the facility owner with comprehensive understanding of the financial benefits of implementing specific energy efficiency measures. Utility bills are collected for a 24 to 36 month period to allow the auditor to evaluate the facility’s energy/demand rate structures and energy usage profiles. This type of audit identifies all energy conservation measures appropriate for the facility given its operating parameters. A detailed financial analysis is performed for each measure based on implementation cost estimates, site-specific operating cost savings, and the customer’s investment criteria. Sufficient detail is provided to justify project implementation.

Furthermore, individual audits should convert the energy savings into reductions in CO2 emissions.

Total time from application to decision is approximately 90 days.

After you apply, a staff member from the foundation will contact you for additional information (if needed) and to set up a site visit, if appropriate. After all due diligence is complete, the fund advisory committee will consider the application.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Does your organization have any prior history with a project of this type? Please describe your background/experience in conducting energy audits.
  2. How many building energy audits have you conducted in the past 24 months?
  3. In which service territory, Met Ed and/or Penelec, would your organization be able to conduct energy audits?
  4. Describe the typical interaction that you have with a building owner as you lead them through the energy audit process.
  5. How will you select organizations to audit?
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