Energy Team

The Energy Team enables and facilitates energy management and carbon reduction projects at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. The Energy Team is an integral part of Campus Operations and Risk Management overseeing the utilities portfolio, working within a mandate of fiscal efficiency, operational excellence, environmental sustainability and innovative demonstrations.

The Energy Team champions appropriate policies and guidelines to assist in meeting campus energy goals. Often partnering with University departments, faculties and external stakeholders, Energy Team diligently works to reduce energy use and associated GHGs & costs, and optimize campus energy systems (District Energy Systems and Buildings).

The Energy Team is responsible for following activities on campus:

  • Continuous measurement, verification, tracking and analysis of energy use on campus
  • Review and report on campus energy performance
  • Provide technical guidance to ensure new buildings meet energy efficiency targets consistent with campus energy plans
  • Develop and implement campus energy policies
  • Conduct energy audits
  • Technical support for campus HVAC systems and campus building automation systems
  • Identify strategies for energy savings
  • Review operation of equipment to ensure optimal operation and maximize efficiency
  • Troubleshoot systems and equipment to ensure optimal operation

Energy Team Initiatives

Energy Team has been actively working on developing appropriate policies and guidelines that assist in meeting long-term campus energy and carbon goals through the following initiatives:

  1. Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) 2020explore potential energy demand-side management scenarios (DSM) towards achieving GHG emission goals
  2. High-Level Net-Zero Carbon District Energy (DE) Strategy:develop high-level options to reach a future state (with a view of modernization, renewal, and growth to serve both existing and new loads) anticipating Campus growth consistent with UBC Okanagan goals and aspirations
  3. UBCO Net Positive Modelling Study – Archetype update and Analysis:update the five archetype models from the previous UBC Net Positive Modelling Study using Okanagan climate files and building archetypes that are representative of UBCO new construction with TEUI, TEDI, GHGI results for each archetype
  4. Energy Monitoring and Data Management Platform: Develop an intelligent data driven energy monitoring and management system for micro communities using statistical and advanced data analysis methods
  5. Quarterly and Annual Reports: Energy Team quarterly and annual reports presenting campus performance related to energy operations.
  6. Portfolio Manager: Interactive energy management account for researchers, consultants, contractors to access UBCO energy consumption data.
  7. Other: Technical reviews and setting goals, targets and strategies as early as possible for future campus expansions, updating the infrastructure HVAC Asset Management database and updating Technical Guidelines intended to provide minimum standards for campus projects.

The Energy Team currently consists of the following roles:

  1. Associate Director – Colin Richardson
  2. Energy Engineer – Glen McIntyre
  3. Energy Analyst – Nikhil Agrawal
  4. BMS Specialist – Reid Towsley
  5. BMS Technician – Vacant
  6. Energy Team Admin- Alexsandra Katsen

Colin Richardson

Associate Director

Colin is the Associate Director for the UBC Okanagan Energy Team.  He oversees the department and provides strategic direction to ensure that the University is able to meet its existing and future energy demands and position UBC as a leader in sustainable energy management.

Colin has over 20 years experience in buildings and industrial instrumentation and controls, and started with UBC Okanagan in 2011 initially as manager of the geoexchange district energy system. Since then, he been responsible for optimizing buildings and managing utilities tracking and reporting.  He has grown the Energy Team to a department of four; responsible for accessing annual energy rebates of $400k, external funding for positions of $130k and utilities costs savings of $400k against the 2013 BAU trajectory.

He has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and has engaged in career development to currently hold some relevant accreditations of:

  • Project Management Professional PMP
  • Certified Energy Manager CEM
  • Certified Measurement and Verification Professional CMVP
  • Certified Educational Facilities Professional CEFP
  • Certified Building Commissioning Professional CBCP

Colin relocated from the UK with his family nearly 15 years ago and enjoys the great career and lifestyle opportunities that working at UBC and living in the Okanagan offer.

Glen McIntyre

Energy Engineer

Glen McIntyre is our UBCO Energy Engineer. He identifies energy management opportunities, develops and promotes energy conservation programs and strategies and advises on energy policies. He has a focus on transforming the way that energy is managed on the Okanagan campus so that the university is able to meet its future energy demands, while positioning UBC as a leader in sustainable energy management.

Prior to joining the UBCO team, Glen worked as an energy and mechanical design consultant.  Glen has his Certified Energy Manager designation and is a professional engineer with an M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics.


Nikhil Agrawal

Energy Analyst

Nikhil Agrawal is an Engineer-in-training at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus with proficiency in energy efficiency, ASHRAE Level 1 and 2 energy audits, and supporting lean six sigma projects. Nikhil has been involved in supporting energy-related policy development on campus by providing technical reviews on various initiatives like Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP), High-Level Net-Zero Carbon District Energy (DE) Strategy, Climate Action Plan Scope 1 and 2 GHG Emissions Scenario Analysis, Energy Monitoring & Data Management Platform. He is responsible for preparing the Energy Team’s quarterly reports, and evaluating & reporting energy-related KPIs. He supports the tracking and monitoring of utility consumption on campus, identifies & assesses energy conservation measures, and recommends next steps.

Nikhil holds a Master of Science (Thesis-based M.Sc.) degree in Engineering Management, Department of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree in Industrial Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and holds CEM & CMVP certification. Through his work at the University of Alberta, he also has a research paper published in a reputed energy journal “Applied Energy” titled “The development of an integrated model for the assessment of water and GHG footprints for the power generation sector”.

Reid Towsley

BMS Specialist, EMIT (Energy Manager in Training)

Reid Towsley is the Building Management Systems Specialist for the UBC Okanagan Energy Team. He oversees the campus BMS to ensure that the building management installations meet UBC’s defined control strategies and best practices to ensure established energy management guidelines are met. He has a focus on developing and implementing BMS operating policies, procedures, and guidelines to maintain UBC’s building management systems and provide efficient, effective operation.

Reid holds a diploma in Electronics Systems Engineering Technology from Saskatchewan Polytechnic. He is also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and holds an EMIT certification. Prior to joining the Energy Team, Reid has a history focusing on building HVAC automation and process control for the past 8 years. Reid has experience with Delta and Siemens automation systems, and was the programming lead for an Energy Performance Contract at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, SK. Reid has also been involved in the new construction at UBC Okanagan as a contractor for 3 years prior to joining UBCO.