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Measurement & Verification (M&V)

A significant portion of operating costs for large facilities are the utilities - electricity, natural gas, and water.


Questions property owners typically want answered:

  • Is my billing correct today, and has it been correctly calculated in past years? How do I find out if I have been overcharged, and what is my recourse?
  • Do the various utility rates I have been assigned offer the best price for my types of buildings and their consumption patterns?
  • Why do my billing histories occasionally show unexplained fluctuations in consumption and cost?
  • How are my buildings performing, relative to each other, to their own histories, and to our competitors? Can I eliminate the influences of variables such as weather, occupied space & production?
  • Having installed an energy efficiency measure in my building, how do I know it is paying the kind of dividends the installer claimed it would?

Finn Projects' Measurement & Verification Service:

Finn Projects is your resource for analyzing your utility costs, consumptions and rates. We have over 20 years of experience analysing utility billing. Our services include the following:

  • We analyze the monthly utility bills detect arithmetic errors, incorrect or misapplied billing multipliers, and missed rebate opportunities such as transformer allowances or power factor corrections.
  • We review the available utility rates for your building to ensure that you are being assigned the correct rate and run "what-if" scenarios, as required, to evaluate alternate schedules.
  • We consult with you to establish a baseline period to compare energy consumption and cost performance.
  • We track your building's billing history over time and examine long-term trends in order to:
    • Generate benchmarks for comparison against similar facilities;
    • Flag short-term aberrations to allow for either a direct appeal to the utility for a credit or an opportunity to correct energy-use behaviour;
    • Adjust the baseline to account for variances in weather, production, occupancy.
  • We evaluate the savings generated by energy efficiency projects on a month-to-month basis. The baseline can be adjusted to take into account any modifications that are made to your facility.
  • Having set up your building's accounts, Finn Projects produces monthly and annual reports designed to keep you on top of your utility costs. We can even report on your reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) from your energy efficiency projects.

saveONenergy Retrofit Program Measurement & Verification:

Finn Projects has worked with a number of local distribution companies to deliver the saveONenergy Retrofit Program. We have experience in drafting M&V plans that comply with the Program's requirements. Here are the latest M&V procedures and some sample M&V plans: