The State Of Minnesota PBEEEP is a program offered through the Department Of Administration, Real Estate & Construction Services (ADMIN/RECS). PBEEEP
addresses energy efficiency in public buildings across Minnesota through a targeted Retrocommissioning/Recommissioning (RCx) and Retrofit focus. Energy affecting and
energy consuming equipment, systems, and operations practices are evaluated to identify energy conservation opportunities that result in cost savings
for the project site. Projects participating in PBEEEP follow a 4-phase project process: screening, investigation, implementation, and verification. A
key component of PBEEEP is that the program provides State Agencies the opportunity to utilize co-funding through a combination of stimulus funding and
lease-purchase financing without the need to have budgeted for this work in advance.
See the PBEEEP State Fact Sheet
for a more in-depth overview on PBEEEP.
See the Status Report
of the PBEEEP program with a map of participationg locations.
PBEEEP Feature Highlights
- Retrocommissioning/Recommissioning (RCx) and Retrofit focus that primarily identifies low-cost, quick payback items to improve operations and energy use
- Comprehensive technical services and support that assures quality of work through technical standards and guidelines and control throughout the project process through organizational structure.
- Funding mechanisms that include initial costs (screening and investigation) paid through stimulus funds. Remaining project funds are then paid through tax-exempt lease purchase financing where payments are set up to ensure budget-neutral/budget-positive for the loan term.
Details on the funding mechanisms for State Agencies participating in State PBEEEP will be available here. Look for information soon.
The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) has been engaged by the State Of Minnesota, Department Of Administration to develop and administer PBEEEP. CEE is a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization that works to promote public interest through the responsible and efficient use of natural and economic resources. CEE will be the quality assurance provider and day-to-day administrator of the program. Providers will manage individual projects and work with CEE and the Project Manager designated by the Department Of Administration, Real Estate & Construction Services.
State Agencies submit PBEEEP applications for public building projects at www.pbeeep.org.
Sites are screened by Providers or by in-house staff. Screening outputs a documented account of energy use, equipment, systems, and operations practices at the site.
Investigation, which entails a detailed analysis and study of the site, results in a list of actionable items for Implementation, with costs, savings, and payback estimates.
Measures approved at the close of Investigation are Implemented. Standard financing agreements are made between the Agency and Financial Institution.
Implemented measures are Verified by the Provider via functional test, visual inspection, or other approved means, to ensure savings are realized. Project is closed out.
Program supports on-going Tracking and monitoring of energy use.
PBEEEP reports contain information on program performance and project outcomes. Information detailed on these reports include:
- Energy saved
- Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions
- Jobs created / retained
- Project costs
- Projects by phase
- Projects by agency
Among the PBEEEP projects to-date, none are yet at the reporting stage. As these projects progress, select milestones will generate detailed project reports. Watch this space for available reports.