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Public Contact Info

Physical Address

402 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
College Station, TX 77845-4321

Mailing Address

3581 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3581

Main Office

Main Phone: (979) 845-9213

Continuous Commissioning®

Main Phone: (979) 845-9213

Human Resources

Kimberly Greer, Program Assistant
Main Phone: (979) 862-2993

Press Inquiries

Main Phone: (979) 845-9213

TERP (SB5) and Building Codes

Shirley Ellis, Energy Code Specialist
Main Phone: (979) 458-1103
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Research and Business Services

Vic Reid, Assistant Director for Research and Business Services
Main Phone: (979) 847-8780

Riverside Laboratory and Fan Testing

Kathy Wadle, Program Coordinator
Main Phone: (979) 845-6403

 

Location

Main Office

Physical Address

402 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South College Station, TX 77845-4321

Mailing Address

3581 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-3581

Riverside Energy Efficiency Laboratory (REEL)

Physical Address

Building 65023100 S.H. 47Bryan, TX 77807

Mailing Address

3464 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-3581
 

Purpose

ESL directs its efforts toward innovative energy technologies and systems, and toward commercializing affordable results for industry. It has made major contributions to improved energy efficiency by focusing limited resources on neglected topics such as development of:

  • Continuous Commissioning® of buildings and thermal plants
  • Determination of the environmental benefits of reduced energy use
  • Analysis of savings from energy efficiency projects
  • Dissemination of knowledge through conferences and workshops
  • Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain hands-on practical training in industrial energy assessments and Continuous Commissioning®
  • Technical support and assistance to the air moving industry though the fan test lab certification program
 

History

1983

Proposal submitted by three Texas A&M Mechanical Engineering faculty members – Drs. W. Dan Turner, William E. Murphy, and Dennis L. O’Neal – to Center for Energy and Mineral Resources. Proposal calls for Energy Management Conference, and is subsequently funded.

1984

First annual “Symposium of Efficient utilization of Energy in Residential and Commercial Buildings”, which became the “Hot and Humid Conference”, takes place on A&M’s campus. Turner, Murphy, and O’Neal become known as the Energy Management Group within the Mechanical Engineering department.

The Energy Management Group secures funding from the Texas Public Utilities Commission for a state energy study. The study recommends that agencies be allowed to take their own natural gas “in-kind” or to purchase gas from state owned lands, which lowers their price. Study is renewed for several years; framework is laid for Texas LoanSTAR program in 1989.

The Fan Test Laboratory, on the Riverside Campus, is turned over to the Energy Management Group. Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) provides funding to upgrade the lab and expand its research capabilities.

1985

Energy Management Group changes name to Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL). The ESL lands its very first contract with Texas Governor’s Energy Office, and performs work for its energy efficiency program and cost containment program. ESL works with engineering contractors to perform energy audits, and review their reports.

Construction on psychometric facilities at Fan Test Laboratory begins.

1986

Drs. Warren M. Heffington and David E. Claridge join the ESL.

The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) is founded.

1989

The ESL approaches over $1 million in contracts.

The ESL partners with the Texas LoanSTAR Program as its measurement and verification contractor. Over the next decade, the lab develops analysis techniques and determines the savings in over 300 building AVAC retrofits in the LoanSTAR Program.

1992

The Continuous Commissioning® (CC® ) process is established.

1995

One of the first major CC® clients, Texas A&M University grants $1 million to the ESL to perform measurement and verification in major buildings on campus.

2001

Texas Emissions Reductions Plan (TERP) is launched by Dr. Charles Culp, Mr. Bahman Yazdani and Dr. Jeff Haberl as a component of Senate Bill 5. The ESL is tasked with:

  • determining and reporting energy savings and creditable NOX emissions reductions resulting from energy efficiency and renewable energy programs within the state;
  • providing training on implementing energy efficiency standards;
  • determining the impact of proposed code changes.

2010

ESL celebrates its 25th Anniversary.