Vince Rienzi

ADM Associates | Field Engineer


Track G: Energy Services

Session G1: Innovative Approaches to M&V

September 25, 2024 | 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

(the Continued) Importance of In-Person Field Verification for Commercial EM&V

In 2014 the term EM&V 2.0 was introduced. Its claim being that savings could be assessed using meter data; with one version of the truth there would be better decisions, better results and clearer verification of energy savings and demand reductions. Nearly 10 years later the shift to using meter data to verify savings is still ongoing and there are large hurdles still. Installing smart meters remains a costly, time-intensive effort to fully install, monitor, and gain access to usage data. Many states allow for commercial and residential customers to opt out of smart meters and in 2021 the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that about 30% of commercial utility customers and 45% of transportation customers do not have smart meters.

Energy efficiency projects continue to be undertaken across the country and there is a continued need for verification of savings and energy demand at these projects. This need is driven by the scale of projects and complexity of accurately capturing savings without the ability to disaggregate usage by end-use. Many utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs require applicants to complete calculations; often a minor input error can have an impact on the estimated savings.

In this presentation we highlight the limitations of performing desk reviews for commercial energy efficiency projects without visiting facilities to inspect equipment and speak with facility managers or other knowledgeable staff. We then share the results from two case studies as well as several other examples from work in the M&V field and discuss the continued need for on-site verification.

(Please note that Vince Rienzi is co-presenting)

Speaker Bio

Mr. Vincent Rienzi has over nine years of professional experience in Energy Efficiency Measurement and Verification (M&V), manufacturing, project coordination, and implementation, as well as system design. He has experience carrying out data analysis, such as energy efficiency analysis, with the use of collected information and data from site visits. Vince is experienced in the installation of power monitoring equipment, current monitoring, and state change data logging. His experience with M&V extends from the development of M&V plans to quality assurance of analysis results. Vince has a wealth of knowledge performing site visits across many industries and various data collection techniques. As part of a standard routine, he interviews site contacts to gather all necessary information about the measure as well as customer satisfaction with contractors, trade allies, and program participants.