Energy Engineering

University of California Strategic Energy Plan

The Regents of the University of California has adopted a Policy on Sustainable Practices with aggressive goals to reduce system-wide energy consumption by 10% or more by 2014 from the year 2000 base consumption level, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to year 2000 levels by 2014 and to 1990 levels by 2020. Following the implementation of this policy, the University of California selected Newcomb Anderson McCormick to help achieve these aggressive goals. As the prime contractor and Program Manager, Newcomb Anderson McCormick developed Strategic Energy plans for the entire University of California System, including all nine campuses and five Medical Centers, as well as an integrated system wide report.

The Newcomb Anderson McCormick team identified and analyzed potential retrofit projects for building mechanical and electrical systems, commissioning activities, new construction, and renewable energy projects with astounding results. The Strategic Energy Plans identified over $950 million worth of projects system-wide, with associated annual savings of over 560 GWh, 32 million therms and $80M in utility cost savings. Combined with potential utility incentives, the potential projects identified had a net simple payback of under 10 years.

In addition, Newcomb Anderson McCormick worked with the University of California to develop an implementation plan by selecting projects to implement in the next six years, which resulted in the University of California obtaining $200 million in bond funding and a commitment of $60 million in utility incentives to help reach the energy goals set forth in the sustainability policy. Newcomb Anderson McCormick has continued its relationship with the University of California, and is managing the implementation of this portfolio of projects.

Technical Due Diligence

Newcomb Anderson McCormick is frequently called upon to perform technical due diligence of the work of other engineering firms, contractors, and energy service companies, both in support of large scale utility program and as an owner's representative in individual projects. These reviews encompass a broad range of engineering activities including complex energy simulations, trend evaluations, detailed engineering calculations and economic analyses. Newcomb Anderson McCormick currently reviews the work of more than fifty other companies to ensure quality, accuracy, and compliance with regulatory and utility standards.

Areas of expertise for technical due diligence include:

  • Non Residential Energy Efficiency Retrofits
  • Retrocommissioning
  • Large-Scale Energy Audits
  • Cogeneration and Renewable Energy Projects
  • Energy Service Company (ESCO) Project Analysis
  • Third Party Program Documentation
  • Power Purchase Agreements

LEED Consulting Services

Newcomb Anderson McCormick's team of LEED Accredited Professionals provided energy efficiency consulting services resulting in the LEED - Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) Gold Certification of a 1,000,000 square foot office building. Newcomb Anderson McCormick conducted an ASHRAE Level I Energy Audit and provided a detailed study of the building's ability to meet minimum outside air flow as required by the LEED-EBOM Prerequisites for Energy & Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental Quality. The financial feasibility of replacing the building's chiller was also analyzed in order to comply with the Refrigerant Management credits of LEED-EBOM. With Newcomb Anderson McCormick's assistance, the facility was also able to participate in PG&E's Core Retrocommissioning Program to satisfy additional Energy & Atmosphere credits.