The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) this week released its second annual Energy Benchmarking Report, which details energy usage information for nearly 450 municipal buildings – including, for the first time, over 130 school district facilities – and tracks data that city departments are successfully utilizing to monitor and reduce energy consumption.
The report details the 2012 energy use of 446 public facilities including schools, libraries, medical clinics, police stations and more. Altogether, the buildings in the report comprise more than 46 million square feet of floor space, an increase of more than 9 million square feet over the buildings included in the 2011 Energy Benchmarking Report. City departments can – and very well should – use the data to track the efficacy of energy efficiency efforts as well as unexpected spikes in energy use at the city facilities they manage.
Said SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly Jr.: “Getting an energy bill is one thing, but knowing how you compare to similar buildings is much more illuminating.”
The San Francisco’s 2012 Energy Benchmarking Report can be found at sfwater.org (select “About Us,” then “Power,” then “Resource Planning”). Note: As of press time the report’s "Overview" section was non-operable. Readers can also download the report and the accompanying dataset on San Francisco’s Open Data Portal at data.sfgov.org (select the “Environmental and Conservation” category).
The second-annual report is part of the SFPUC’s larger energy efficiency and green building program which has completed more than 175 energy efficiency projects in public buildings in the past 10 years. City officials say the upgrades are saving San Francisco over $5 million per year in energy costs, an increase from 2011 of nearly half a million dollars in annual year-over-year savings.
Key benchmarking findings include:
Melanie Nutter, director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, said the SFPUC's progress is one way the city is moving closer to meeting its climate action goal of reducing emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2017. “In San Francisco, non-residential buildings represent 31% of our greenhouse gas emissions," she said.
San Francisco’s Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance of 2011 mandated all non-residential buildings larger than 10,000 square feet annually benchmark their energy use and publicly disclose the results. San Francisco is among a group of seven U.S. cities that have enacted energy disclosure policies and the first on the West Coast to release data to the public.
The SFPUC provides retail drinking water and wastewater services to San Francisco, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties and hydroelectric, solar and biogas power to San Francisco’s municipal facilities and other retail customers.