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Certified Energy Manager Training

November 2013 CEM Reviews

24 people enrolled in the 5 day course and we recorded a 90% satisfaction rate for the course. For photos from the course, click here.

"Thank you very much for hosting this event!"

"I learned a lot and found the course very worthwhile. Thank you!"

"An extremely informative class on many aspects of energy management."

"Generally speaking, I think the course covered a lot of information, but did a good job at making it accessible to all participants."

"The course has been very informative. Great to meet lots of people doing energy management work. Good for making me more aware of the wide range of applications for energy management."

"The course has been very informative and will lead to a widely recognized professional certification. The fact that Duquesne University has brought this training opportunity to Pittsburgh is a wonderful opportunity for individual professionals and a great boost to the regional energy management business sector."

About the Seminar

This special 5-day seminar provides an in-depth, comprehensive learning experience and problem-solving forum for those who desire a broader understanding of the latest energy cost reduction techniques and strategies. The initial step in the program examines the fundamentals within all key areas of energy management. Then, the instructors move towards a "working level" knowledge of the specific principles and techniques. This approach has been designed to fulfill the needs of professional who seek a broad, detailed, and comprehensive learning experience in energy management.

Following the morning instruction on the final day, the Certified Energy manager (CEM) exam will be administered to the seminar participants who have applied and preregistered for the exam.

Who Should Attend:

  • Energy Engineers
  • Energy Managers
  • Building Facility Managers
  • Government Facility Managers
  • Industrial Facility Managers
  • Utility Account Managers
  • Energy Service Performance Managers
  • Energy Efficiency Consultants
  • Project Engineers
  • Resource Efficiency Managers (REMs)
  • Sustainability Managers

Topics Covered

The Need for Energy Management
• Building energy cost control
• Utility DSM programs and deregulation
• Energy efficiency and peak demand reduction
• Commercial business energy cost control
• Industrial plant operation improvement

Conducting an Energy Audit
• Purpose of the energy audit
• Facility description and data needs
• Major systems in the facility
• Collecting the actual data
• Identifying preliminary opportunities

Energy Audit Instrumentation, Energy Codes, and Standards
• Building codes
• ASHRAE standards (62, 15, 3, 90.1)
• ASME, IEEE, and other standards
• Federal legislation
• Montreal Protocol, Global Climate Change
• National Energy Policy Act of 2005
• Existing & proposed tax incentives

Controls and Energy Management
• Night set back
• Optimum start/stop
• Enthalpy economizers
• Temperature resets
• PID and pneumatic controls
• Control characteristics
• DDC

Energy Rate Structures
• Identifying types of energy used
• Electric rates, gas rates
• Oil, coal, and other rates
• Steam and hot water rates
• Factors in controlling fuel costs
• Utility incentive programs

Electric Rate Structures
• The difference between power and energy
• Electric meters
• Components of electric rates
• Factors in controlling electric costs
• Electric utility incentive programs
• Special schedules

Economic Analysis of Alternative Investments
• Economic decision analysis
• Simple economic measures
• The time value of money
• Present and future values
• Cost and benefit analysis
• After tax cash flows

Fuel Supply and Fuel Switching
• Alternative fuel choices
• Technology choices
• Benefits of deregulation: electric, gas, & oil

Insulation
• Types of insulation
• Heat flow calculations
• Economic levels of insulation
• Passive thermal energy
• Process insulation

Lighting
• Basics of lighting and current technologies
• New lighting technologies
• Economic evaluation of lighting improvements
• Lighting standards
• EPA Green Lights program
• T12, T8, T5 lamps
• Compact fluorescents
• HID, sulfur lamps

Cogeneration (CHP)
• What is cogeneration?
• Types of cogeneration cycles
• Examples of cost effective use of cogeneration
• QF's and deregulation
• Use of waste for fuel
• Fuel cells, microturbines, etc.

Motors and Adjustable Speed Drives
• How motors work
• High efficiency motors
• Examples of cost effective motor changes
• Use of adjustable speed drives /examples
• Improved motor belts and drives
• Compressed air management
• Adjustable speed drive alternatives

HVAC System
• Types of HVAC systems & new technologies
• The vapor compression cycle
• Air conditioning loads
• Chiller improvement example
• Control, thermal storage, absorption systems

Green Buildings, LEED, and Energy Star Boilers and Steam Generation
• Basics of combustion systems
• Excess air control
• Boiler efficiency improvement
• Combustion controls & waste heat recovery
• Steam traps - purpose and testing
• Process insulation
• Example of boiler improvement

Maintenance
• Maintenance management systems
• Monitoring for maintenance
• Infrared photography for maintenance
• Cost of air, steam, & gas leaks
• Uninsulated surfaces

Electrical Energy Management
• Peak load reduction
• Power factor improvement
• Energy management control systems
• Load management
• Harmonics and other power quality issues

Life Cycle Costing
• Concept of life cycle costing
• Purchase vs. operating costs
• Example analyses
• Government standards - FEMP

Building Energy Use and Performance
• Fuel types and costs
• Energy content of fuels
• Energy conversion factors
• Building envelope
• Natural gas purchasing
• Retail wheeling of electricity
• Major building energy use systems

Energy Accounting in Building and Facilities
• Energy use index, energy cost index
• Where energy is used in facilities
• Lighting and HVAC energy use

Alternative Financing
• Role of performance contracting
• Different sources
• FEMP and alternative financing
• True lease, capital lease, bonds, etc.

Waste Heat Recovery
• Objectives: design criteria
• Types and maintenance of heat exchangers
• Recuperators; economizers