Memphis City Schools

Fast Facts

Industry: Education
Location: Memphis, TN
Number of Meters: 25
Number of Locations: 25
Expected Payback Period: Less than 1 year

The Organization

With over 209 schools, Memphis City Schools (MCS) is the 23rd largest district in the nation. When decreased funding led to budget cuts, MCS needed to find a way to decrease their operating expenses. The real question was how to go about doing it? A committed focus on operational energy efficiency was the answer.

The Opportunity

MCS began searching for a low-cost way to help them convert their operational inefficiencies into harvested energy savings. The options that presented themselves included engaging with an Energy Services Company (ESCO), performing multiple building retrofits, hiring an energy consultant, or using some form of energy management technology. Like many facility teams, the MCS team was looking for ways to maximize staff efficiency, so they looked for an option that did not overload the energy management team with even more tasks. After investigating the various options, MCS decided that the optimal path to short- and long-term payback was to work with EnerNOC.

The Solution

MCS selected EnerNOC’s energy intelligence software (EIS) platform. Because MCS was already an EnerNOC demand response (DR) customer, they were able to use existing energy monitoring equipment and offset the cost of the software through their monthly demand response payments. EnerNOC also solved the issue of staff overload because each deployment includes access to EnerNOC's professional services team, which includes energy engineers who actively analyze MCS' data. EnerNOC's professional services team works collaboratively with MCS managers to provide workable, monthly efficiency recommendations that are tracked through to implementation.

The Results

Within 30 days, EnerNOC’s energy analysts uncovered significant savings opportunities. For example, analysts discovered that week night set-back programs had been overridden or were otherwise not being enacted in several buildings. EnerNOC also uncovered significant potential to reduce energy usage even further during off-hours shutdown at 15 schools. If left undetected, these actions could have created $180,000 in annual energy costs for MCS. Instead, EnerNOC's software helped MCS avoid these additional costs and encourage more efficient operations overall.