The Association of South Carolina Energy Managers (ASCEM) 2019 Spring Conference was held on Thursday, April 11th at Segra Park in Columbia. Dedicated to helping members reduce energy use, ASCEM is comprised of facility and energy managers in state agencies, local governments, schools, colleges, and other facilities.
Over 120 conference attendees were able to attend several sessions with topics ranging from energy managers and resiliency, to combined heat and power. Attendees gained knowledge to assist them in working with their facilities and were able to network with fellow facility managers throughout South Carolina.
Awards were also given out to those entities that have met goals set forth in the South Carolina Energy Efficiency Act (Section 48-52-620, Code of Laws of South Carolina). This Act requires all state agencies, school districts, and public colleges and universities to develop energy conservation plans to reduce their energy consumption by one percent annually during fiscal years 2009-2013 and by a total of 20 percent by 2020, as compared to 2000 levels. The Act also requires the Energy Office to verify progress made by public entities toward reducing their energy intensity (defined as total site energy consumption per gross square foot). Ten public entities received recognition at this year’s conference for meeting their 20% reduction goal:
- Aiken School District
- Anderson School District 2
- Charleston County School District
- John De la Howe School
- Orangeburg School District 3
- Saluda School District
- SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
- Spartanburg School District 1
- Union School District
- USC Sumter
The 2019 Energy Manager and Energy Project of the Year awards were also announced. The Energy Manager of the Year award recognizes and encourages the role of those working in the energy management profession, acknowledging both individual achievements in efficient energy practices and the innovative use of energy-saving technologies in the workplace. This year’s recipient was Greg Raines, Energy Manager for Pickens County School District.
The Energy Project of the Year award recognizes the outstanding work of a public-sector institution (state agency, school district, or college/university) to improve energy management through energy conservation projects such as the installation of energy-efficient equipment and/or energy-saving capital improvements. This year’s recipient was Dillon School District 3.
The next ASCEM Conference will be held on October 10, 2019 at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia.