Poudre School District, CO: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)14%
Annual (2018)-2%
Water Performance

Better Buildings Challenge Partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI) and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. Poudre School District's portfolio consists of more than 50 buildings and a little more than 4 million square feet. Since 2008, PSD has improved energy performance by 14%. PSD is participating in Xcel's Community Solar Program and is offsetting 100% of the energy use at the  7 schools powered by Xcel Energy.  PSD is also participating in PRVEA's community solar program and is offsetting 45% of each schools energy use.  PSD sponsored an energy competition in October of 2019 through ReNew our Schools that resulted in a 10% electrical savings across the 16 schools which equates to 77,674 kWh or $7,700.  


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Poudre has achieved energy performance improvement of greater than 10% at 27 of its properties. There are 7 properties that have experienced an increase in Source EUI. These properties have been targeted for future energy efficiency improvements.


Property-level energy performance metrics, including EUI and percent improvement to date, are critical to track progress over time and identify opportunities for additional energy savings. Poudre's portfolio consists of properties with a wide range of baseline EUI values, most of which are from 50 to 175 kBtu/sq. ft. The majority of properties have shown energy improvement since 2008. The properties located near or below the 0% axis may present good opportunities for further savings. PSD is looking at initiatives through the Colorado Energy Office including Energy Performance Contracting.