To set goals, it is important to have an informed idea of what level of performance is achievable and the amount of resources needed.
There are a variety ways to determine potential. The method you choose will depend on a number of factors, such as: available resources, time, the nature of energy use at your facilities, and how the energy program is organized.
Methods used by leading energy programs include:
Assessing performance and setting baselines should help to identify differences in energy use between similar facilities, giving a limited, point-in-time view of your potential improvement. Performance data spanning a longer period of time will be more useful for understanding improvement potential.
Benchmarking provides a yard stick for evaluating opportunity when enough data is available to show trends in energy use. Consider using Portfolio Manager or the ENERGY STAR Energy Performance Indicators (EPIs) to rate the current energy performance of your facility against similar facilities.
Evaluate past projects and best practices at higher-performing facilities to determine the feasibility of transferring these practices to other parts of the organization.
Identify opportunities to reduce energy use identified during technical assessments and audits of poorer performing facilities to serve as a strong basis for quantifying the potential for improvement.
Reviewing performance goals of other organizations can help to guide and inform you of the potential for your own organization.
Strategic as well as operational goals, such as cost reductions, can also help inform the goal setting process.