Carbon and Energy Efficiency are not Equal

Abstract

No effort to modify energy performance can succeed without a well-established base line, and the same is true of any efforts to curb carbon contributions. Regrettably, much of the current effort to reduce carbon falsely equates carbon contributions with energy consumption. This is particularly problematic in efforts to track and reduce carbon production using Energy Use Indices or EUI. This is particularly true in New York City where building density, space utilization, and minimal transportation requirements has earned the City an enviable record for low carbon per capita. Increasing space utilization per square foot and per hour increases EUI but greatly reduces carbon per capita. In addition, legislative efforts to target building owners and managers for energy use by tenants and occupants is counterproductive to engaging energy users in efforts to curb carbon.

Presented By

David F. Bomke
Assistant Vice President of Operations
The Fulcrum Group

After working informally with Fulcrum since its founding, Mr. Bomke joined The Fulcrum Group in his current role. David supports all of Fulcrum’s technical engagements through his critical assessment of the quality of Fulcrum’s service delivery and through the constant development and refinement of Fulcrum’s operational protocols.

David began his career in energy and facilities management with the Facilities Resource Management Co. (FRM) and its facilities management engagement for the School Board of Sarasota County, FL. He established the Service Response Center and subsequently took over responsibilities for the Controls and Budgets function there. He then managed data collection and processing for FRM’s energy engagement with the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH). During his service supporting NYS OMH, he worked closely with the NYS Office of General Services, the New York Power Authority, the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

Mr. Bomke subsequently directed FRM’s Controls & Budgets operations at a number of institutional clients, including the New School for Social Research, Rockefeller University, Barnard College, Long Island University’s C. W. Post Campus, Vassar College, the NYS OMH, and Choate Rosemary Hall School. In 1996 he returned to working full-time with NYS OMH in Albany and New York City, where he remained until 2004.

He implemented a broad range of both internal and external analytical services for clients in New York, New England, Florida, and the United States Virgin Islands. Under his direction, the NYS OMH succeeded in reducing its energy consumption by more than 60% – more than three times the 20% energy reduction goal established in 1990.

As an early advocate for the deregulation of the electric utility industry, he helped establish the New York Energy Buyers Forum (NYEBF) in 1992. His article on Electricity Deregulation was the cover story in a 1998 issue of the newsletter of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

He helped consolidate the NYEBF with the Owners’ Committee on Electric Rates (OCER), founded in 1953, to form the New York Energy Consumers Council (NYECC) in 2004. A founding director of the NYECC, Bomke became its founding executive director and directed that organization full-time from then until he joined The Fulcrum Group in 2013. In his advocacy work for large energy consumers in Con Edison’s electric service territory, consisting of New York City and Westchester, Mr. Bomke has repeatedly helped reduce Con Edison’s requests for higher electric, steam, and natural gas rates by well over $1 billion.

Currently, Mr. Bomke serves on the Energy Committees of the New York Building Congress and the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater New York, and the Advisory Board of the Greater New York Construction Users Council. He also previously served on New York City’s Energy Policy Task Force and on the board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, where he served as the Vice President of Diversity. Statewide, he has previously served on the Systems Benefits Charge Advisory Board and the Appliance Standards Review Committee of the New York State Energy Research Development Authority and on the New York State Evaluation Advisory Group.

Mr. Bomke earned his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from MacMurray College.