Measured and verified energy reduction results from SMARTech energy’s partnership with the University Technical College (UTC) Reading to manage and reduce their energy consumption, costs and carbon, reveal energy savings of 30% and a projected reduction in carbon emissions of 220 Tonnes over the term of the contract.

SMARTech energy partnered with UTC Reading through it’s Energy Efficiency as a Service (EEaaS) programme.  This partnership guarantees to save the UTC 30% – which will save energy, save money and save carbon.

With three commercial options available, UTC Reading took the zero CapEx, shared savings approach to an energy efficiency programme.  This requires no investment from the client and the client typically receives 30% of the savings.

They didn’t have the capital to invest or the knowledge and resource to implement an energy reduction plan and wanted to upgrade their site with innovative building technologies.

SMARTech energy therefore provided 100% of the investment to develop a strategy to design, integrate, install and deliver a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient technology upgrades – which have been designed to achieve the most efficient energy savings.

Throughout the 10 year programme, SMARTech energy will be responsible for managing the technologies and proving the energy savings year on year.

Energy Consultancy

An initial site survey and discussion of opportunities to reduce the site’s energy consumption, enabled SMARTech energy’s team of expert consultants and engineers to design an energy monitoring system and install it.  This gives minute by minute data to help understand the site usage profiles across various equipment and loads on site.


The data analytics produced from this, then helped to form the basis of an energy reduction report.  Through factual data, it’s this report which focuses on preventing energy wastage and provides recommendations for improvements, either through updates to energy efficient technologies or changes to process.

Energy Consultancy – Strategy Report

The Strategy Report details and provides reasoning on areas where energy savings can be achieved, such as settings, setpoints, scheduling and control systems.  It’s this report which is fundamental to achieving the goals of the programme and for the measurement and verification process to be fully realised.


The installation by our team of electricians and engineers of the recommended energy conservation measures (ECMs), guarantees to reduce energy consumption and optimises the energy performance and operating conditions across the site.

Tech Stack

The long-term energy reduction strategy with UTC Reading includes (but is not limited to) LED lighting upgrades, voltage optimisation on the site’s main incoming energy supply and motor optimisation of variable speed drives (VSDs).

Project Management

Continuous project management of the energy reduction programme ensures the success of all elements of the partnership; including management support, energy monitoring, plus through the use of visuals from powerful dashboard analytics – which provide alerts and which continue to guarantee results.

IPMVP – Monitoring and Verification

Energy savings are measured and verified using an internationally recognised Performance, Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP). This protocol is used to measure and validate the performance of energy management and reduction calculations.

The following graph provides a visual understanding of the electrical energy savings realised at the site. The top line of the graph represents the adjusted baseline energy usage of kWhs – if upgrades to low-carbon technologies were not carried out. The bottom line on the graph is the actual measured energy usage on utility bills following technology upgrades. These energy savings are measured and verified using an international protocol (IPMVP).

Ongoing Support

On-going support of the UTC’s energy management strategy ensures that the site’s energy performance and operating conditions are optimised. This support guarantees continuous energy savings.

IT Support

Energy dashboards provide our customers with a real-time reporting tool which tracks the effects of energy saving efforts.

This information allows SMARTech energy’s energy consultancy team to constantly analyse and optimise technologies at the site.


UTC Reading is one of more than 40 education sites within the Activate Learning Education Trust.

SMARTech energy’s management partnership with UTC Reading follows the successful roll out of the Energy Efficiency as a Service (EEaaS) programme at other UTC sites across the country – and where our specialist consultancy team have helped to achieve energy savings in consumption, costs, and carbon.

Managing a client’s energy reduction strategy on a long-term partnership enables SMARTech energy’s expert energy consultancy team to guarantee, prove and measure ongoing energy savings.

SMARTech energy are pleased to positively and proactively help the Activate Learning Education Trust to make change to improve sustainability across the group.


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