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Reduce Operations & Maintenance Costs

Vicinity focuses on the full life cycle of your energy system, so you can avoid costly expenses in the future.

Challenges to Reducing Energy O&M Costs

Increasingly sophisticated technologies, complex energy systems, regulatory requirements, human resource needs, and fluctuations in energy supply and demand can drive up the cost of operating and maintaining (O&M) a facility. Managing energy infrastructure is multi-faceted, and includes:

  • Human resources – including the recruitment, training, and retention of staff
  • Management expertise – achieving sustainability goals, capacity, and reliability requirements
  • Facilities management – adjusting to changes such as tenant and programmatic turn over
  • Engineering – planning for infrastructure obsolescence and aging equipment that drives significant deferred maintenance
  • Regulatory compliance – ensuring compliance with emissions of combustion equipment, and licensing, permitting, and air quality requirements
  • Utility and commodity costs – including electricity, fuels, chemicals and equipment supplies

Trust the Life of Your Energy Infrastructure to Vicinity

By outsourcing the management of energy infrastructure to Vicinity experts, our customers are minimizing their energy-related costs, maximizing efficiencies, and devoting more focus to their core mission. Vicinity’s O&M services maximize your infrastructure investment by keeping building energy systems working at peak performance, both now and into the future. 

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Advantages to Partnering With Vicinity to Reduce Operations & Maintenance Costs

Monitor Systems Remotely

We can leverage remote monitoring and deploy centralized resources from our control centers to monitor your facility 24/7. Customers use our remote monitoring services in place of onsite operational staff or as a second set of eyes.

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Emergency Response & Investigation

Despite taking proactive and preventive measures, sometimes equipment fails. While repairing and getting systems back into operation quickly is essential, it’s also extremely important to understand the cause of failure and implement the appropriate changes to O&M protocols to prevent repeat failures.

Procurement Management

Vicinity uses a network of local and national providers to purchase supplies and services and source power and/or gas from the lowest cost supplier. We negotiate master services agreements to drive purchasing synergies and efficiencies that lower operational costs.

Vicinity’s Multi-Faceted Expertise

We have a proven record of achieving operational efficiencies, in not only our own energy systems, but also those of our customers. Our success is based on a proactive approach that includes reliability-centered maintenance, implementation of standard operating procedures, advanced metering and monitoring systems, computer aided economic dispatch modeling systems, and the deployment of highly efficient and reliable systems and equipment.

Our Licensed O&M Staff

Our team can customize personnel resources at a specific facility depending on the needs of that facility, resulting in optimal operational efficiencies and savings. The ability to ramp up and down on both internal and external resources is a core advantage and economy of scale offered by Vicinity.

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Computerized Maintenance Management Systems

To appropriately deploy both operations and maintenance resources, Vicinity utilizes a computerized maintenance management system. As a scheduling tool, it proactively schedules all maintenance tasks, tracks results, and can adapt to changing needs of systems and equipment. As a communication and reporting tool, it ensures our customers are delivered superior service in a timely fashion.

Economic Dispatch of Systems and Equipment

Vicinity can improve energy optimization through economic dispatch modeling that will yield the greatest generation and supply efficiencies and give you the lowest costs. We use a full life cycle model to inform equipment operation and total system performance based upon capacity requirements and efficiencies to reduce fuel, maintenance, and long-term life cycle capital expenses.

Reliability-Centered Maintenance Programs

Our maintenance programs include proactive and preventive maintenance protocols, predictive monitoring, and scheduled capital replacements. Our goal is to preserve your capital investment and the longevity of assets to prevent premature replacement and reduce total cost of ownership.

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Infrastructure Upgrades

If upgrades to systems and/or equipment are required, we can help manage and implement these improvements, including the replacement of large infrastructure, controls systems, or integrating new technologies that aid in the efficient operation of existing equipment. We can also help develop rolling capital plans to ensure transparency for all stakeholders and strategically plan for capital investments that will maximize the economic performance of energy assets.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can renewables be integrated into district energy systems?

    Yes. While district energy systems have been around for decades, they have an essential role in our effort to decarbonize quickly. District energy systems are agile; they can swiftly and aggressively integrate renewables into their energy mix as more renewable electrons are available on the grid. By replacing fossil fuel infrastructure with electric boilers, heat pumps, thermal batteries, and other clean technology, district energy systems can effectively decarbonize communities without retrofitting or installing new electrical infrastructure in individual buildings.

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  • What are the benefits of district energy systems?

    District energy provided multiple advantages:

    • Freedom from asset ownership and the costs associated with maintenance
    • Wholesale energy pricing and stability
    • Efficient energy delivery
    • Greater reliability and redundancy in energy supply
    • Reduced carbon footprint

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