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Frank Gorke

Frank Gorke

Director, Energy Efficiency Division, Department of Energy Resources

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DOER recently kicked off site surveys at 33 state-owned complexes across the Commonwealth. These site surveys are the initial step in one of DOER’s innovative stimulus-funded initiatives- the Enterprise Energy Management System (EEMS) at state facilities.

Some of my colleagues attended two successful kickoff events at Berkshire Community College and Fitchburg State College, where EnerNOC, the primary contractor for this project, walked through a sample site survey for local press and campus staff who are excited and eager to move forward with the project…and rightfully so! Facilities managers at these sites, many whose access to data up until this point has been contained in a monthly utility bill for the campus as a whole, will soon be able to open up their web browser, log into the EEMS site, and view energy consumption at each of their buildings as it is being consumed. When the system is up and running, facility managers will be alerted when energy use at a specific building is spiking, and be able to go out to the building to identify and fix the problem before the college incurs the costs associated with the energy waste.

That’ll be a big help, considering that a huge chunk of Fitchburg State’s budget is spent on energy, says Mary Beth McKenzie, Executive Director of Administrative Services at FSC. DOER is expecting savings of 5 to 15 percent in reduced use of electricity, natural gas, and oil across EEMS sites, not to mention the emissions associated with it.

DOER and EnerNOC see this project as a real step forward toward better management and operation of state buildings. Installation of meters will be underway at the end of the summer and the system should be up and running in March of next year. Check back for updates and stories from some of the system users!

For more information about EEMS, click here or contact Maggie McCarey at Maggie.McCarey@state.ma.us.

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Above: Rich Law, EnerNOC Project Manager, discussing the metering plan at Berkshire Community College's Susan B. Anthony College Center

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As Deputy Director of DOER's Green Communities Division, Lisa helps lead a team devoted to working with Massachusetts cities and towns to realize environmental and cost benefits of municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to joining DOER, Lisa worked in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs from 2007 to 2012, first as Press Secretary and then as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs. Her previous communications and public relations experience includes both government and the private sector, where, as principal of upWrite Communications, she served clients such as The Trustees of Reservations, The Nature Conservancy, and Partners Health Care/North Shore Medical Center. She began her career as a journalist, covering Beacon Hill for the State House News Service, and later wrote for a variety of other publications including The Boston Globe, Teacher Magazine, Animals Magazine, and The Gulf of Maine Times. The author of two books, Lisa serves on the board of the Saugus River Watershed Council and resides with her family in Melrose.

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