Preparing for Portfolio Manager


In 1999 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®. The online platform was designed to enable easy entry of building characteristics, energy consumption, and water usage, while providing energy use intensity (EUI) and benchmarking information. Twenty years later, thousands of US buildings are using Portfolio Manager. Numerous US cities and states have also adopted benchmarking policies, including the Washington Clean Buildings bill (Bill 1257) which was signed into law on May 7, 2019. One component of the Clean Buildings bill is that non-residential buildings greater than 50,000 square feet are required to develop energy benchmarking reports, with early indications suggesting Portfolio Manager will be the tool of choice.

This session will present an overview of the benchmarking component of the Washington Clean Buildings bill, how end-use organizations have historically used Portfolio Manager to benchmark buildings, how some utilities currently exchange data with Portfolio Manager, and how utilities can potentially leverage the increased adoption of Portfolio Manager in WA State.


Patrick Urain
Conservation Program Manager
Tacoma Power

My name is Patrick Urain, Commercial Strategic Energy Management program manager, energy management coach and customer advocate in Tacoma Power’s Customer Energy Programs department. I have a decade of successful experience collaborating in the design, implementation, and administration of small and large-scale electric utility conservation programs in both the residential and business sectors. Awarded the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, I specialize in the composition and delivery of public presentations with a particular talent for making technical information understandable and meaningful. Rarely am I seen reveling in a Netflix binge but can be found jogging in the neighborhood park with “Fezzik” the Jack Russel Terrier or skiing northwest mountains.