Bernhard’s Asset Management services provide for comprehensive operation and management of energy assets for all Energy-as-a-Service projects. Our focus is on sustainable, long-term solutions that enable customers to achieve energy efficiency and reduce risk associated with central energy plant operation, maintenance, and capital renewal.
We have a dedicated, in-house team of experts who work collaboratively to deliver the right solutions for each customer and each site. An invaluable benefit of Bernhard’s approach is the flexibility and scalability of our team. Regardless of EaaS project size, we scale our team to streamline the project, encourage cross-functional communication, and meet the customer’s expectations and needs.
Bernhard’s customized maintenance programs leverage preventative and predictive maintenance strategies to ensure that energy assets operate at peak efficiency. Through regular monitoring and detailed planning, our team proactively addresses potential issues before they negatively impact energy efficiency or operations. By combining the expertise of engineering, mechanical, and electrical divisions, we guarantee that standards are met and that execution is seamless from initial operations turnover through contract completion.
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With the addition of Tulane University and Hampton University in early 2022, the Asset Management team continues to grow in support of our customers. Internally, we have created a robust leadership team that is working to on several key initiatives, including governance, quality control, and marketing. Our goal is to standardize processes across the team and continue to build for future growth.
Bernhard continues to meet or exceed energy savings obligations at all facilities. In 2021, we delivered $14 million in guaranteed energy savings to our customers. Our teams are now beginning to deploy Bernhard Connect® at each site to further improve monitoring and control for energy and operational efficiency.
Bernhard Connect® is Bernhard’s cloud-based platform for automatic fault detection, measurement and verification, and continuous data collection and archival. Operators in each of our sites are learning how to utilize Connect to access real-time energy and performance data. With additional remote analysis provided by Bernhard’s energy engineers, Connect enables proactive issue identification and troubleshooting while optimizing equipment and system performance.
On August 29, 2021, exactly 16 years after Katrina made landfall, Hurricane Ida hit the southwest Louisiana as strong category 4 storm which caused over $50 billion in damage. Utility power in the New Orleans area was lost at all facilities where Bernhard provides O&M services for 5-6 days. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our employees working in conjunction with our clients, all the hospitals remained on generation power and had chilled water available throughout the outage.
After the storm, we met with each client to work through “lessons learned” and developed a comprehensive list that has been distributed to all the facilities. We are working with our clients to update disaster plans and SOPs.
With the 2022 hurricane season quickly approaching, our teams have been meet with individual clients to make sure disaster response plans are in place and to make any upgrades necessary to mitigate risks during severe weather.
We continue to market to potential Off-Takers for chilled water service. Our team has developed a tool that compiles the data needed to identify which sites have surplus capacity to sell to Off-Takers. We have developed the following formula to determine firm excess capacity:
Capacity – largest demand – loss of largest EA = firm capacity
We realize that not all sites have enough firm capacity to sell chilled water, but there are several that look very capable regarding capacity. To assist with identifying appropriate Off-Taker opportunities, we have created the following criteria for a target Off-Taker:
- Located within three quarters of a mile from the facility, depending on location and pathway to the building.
- Utilizes a chilled water system, preferably at or near its useful life.
- Buildings using air cooled chillers are preferred based on energy efficiency.
We are looking at each qualifying facility and identifying potential Off-Takers that meet the criteria listed above.
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