Duquesne Light has partnered with MCR Performance Solutions to provide education opportunities through the Community Education Efficiency Program (CEEP).
What it does: Prepares middle and high school students to become energy efficiency auditors. Provides schools cash incentives to offset the cost to implement energy efficient improvements.
Objective: Build community capacity while developing a future workforce of auditors, save the schools money on their electric bills and reduce the schools carbon footprint.
Program Administrator: MCR Performance Solutions
Recruitment will occur through the school districts. CEEP Energy Advisors and lead teachers from those districts will lead the training efforts, which will be consistent with industry standards for commercial building auditing and the PA high school education standards.
Initially, students will receive training to become energy efficiency auditors and uncover energy conservation measures in their own school. After completing this school audit, students will create an Energy Conservation Plan & Report. They will present it to school leaders and use it to implement energy conservation measures. Students will also present budgets for conservation measures to the school district for consideration.
To promote enthusiasm and enhance the students’ experience, the program will conclude with an inter-school competition, including prizes awarded to schools for energy reduction and content of their action plans. Implementation of the action plan will result in rebates paid from Duquesne Light to the schools. And, all participating students will receive a Certificate of Energy Auditing presented by Duquesne Light Company.
Like most buildings, energy conservation opportunities can be found in your school, too. Engaging students, teachers and staff through energy conservation has many benefits, including:
Student achievements include:
Participating schools receive:
In August 2017, St. Agnes Catholic School, of the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, was featured on KQV AM Radio’s Education Plus weekly radio talk show. Students, through an interview by Father Thomas Burke, described their experience in becoming Student Energy Auditors, the activities and lessons offered in the training, and how the program has helped them realize the importance of energy conservation. Duquesne Light Company representatives were also interviewed and presented details about Duquesne Light Company’s Community Education Energy Efficiency Program and how the Student Energy Auditor training is administered.
Duquesne Light selected MCR in 2008 to assist in the design, development and implementation of Act 129 programs commencing with Phase I. MCR has been a close partner with Duquesne Light since then, working on all aspects of Act 129 through Phase I, Phase II and now into Phase III. MCR brings decades of experience in energy efficiency, demand response and regulatory mechanisms.