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SD 38 Energy Management Assessment  and Action Plan
December 2009 to November 2010

In an effort to assist our school district to optimize energy management, BC Hydro Power Smart sponsored an the Energy Management Assessment (EMA) Program with the end goal of developing a strategic energy management long-term plan.  The purpose was to conduct a holistic assessment of current energy-related practices and identifying opportunities for improvement.  This continuous improvement approach to energy management provides an initial assessment of current energy performance, compared to best practice, and identifies the range of actions available to the site to improve energy efficiency.  

The latest assessment report the district received found the district should focus efforts on the following areas to continue to improve energy management:

3.2    Plan Formulation
Develop a long-term strategic plan for energy conservation that looks, at least, 2 to 3 years forward at addressing energy
issues comprehensively.

4.1    Accountabilities
Establish clear roles, accountabilities, and expectations for energy control accordingly to/for the Energy Manager and site
coordinators in departmental areas.

7.2    Maintenance Procedures
Establish protocol for ìflaggingî energy waste conditions that cannot be immediately addressed for attention at a more
opportune time. Communicate to appropriate personnel the expected protocol for reporting/addressing identified energy
waste conditions and reward compliance.  

8.2    Procedures for Equipment Selection
Document and communicate the energy efficiency purchase guidelines to be used for selection of general equipment.  
Establish, document and communicate the purchase guidelines based on life-cycle analysis to be used for selection of
efficient energy intensive systems.
9.1    Metering and Monitoring
Continue developing the capability for interval measurement of energy usage and performance at key energy consuming

Using this framework, starting on December 18th, 2009 the district will follow the recommendations above.

Energy Conservation – Corporate Commitment
In accordance with the Board of Education’s policy and the Board’s 2008/2009 Developmental Objective, District staff has a responsibility to ensure that every effort is made to conserve energy and natural resources while exercising sound financial management.