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What is the EIS?

The Electricity Incentivisation Scheme (EIS) is an award-winning initiative launched by the University in 2008 to encourage individual departments to take responsibility for their electricity use. The scheme is designed to help reduce carbon emissions arising from the University’s use of electricity as well as reduce our energy costs.

The EIS was launched to address the fact that, because the University’s energy costs are paid for centrally, departments do not have a direct financial incentive to manage their energy consumption. Under the Scheme, each department has been allocated a baseline for their annual electricity usage and costs. If the department uses less than this baseline over the year, then the difference is returned to them as a financial reward. If the department exceeds this baseline, they are issued a bill for the additional cost. 

This scheme has been highly successful in motivating departments to take responsibility for their electricity reduction. Funds recieved by departments have to date been reinvested into purchasing energy efficient equipment, running behaviour change programmes and improving communal spaces. See here for a case study on Gurdon Institute's energy savings. 

How can we help?

Support is available to help save electricity within your department through the Energy and Carbon Reduction Project (ECRP). The ECRP supports departments to make energy efficiency improvements and reduce carbon emissions. These projects may include energy efficiency improvements to the building fabric or fittings, upgrades or modifications to energy-intensive equipment, behavioural change initiatives, and support for carbon reduction measures in captial projects (major refurbishments and new builds).

The EIS was highly commended at the Green Gown awards in 2012. Read the case study here.

For more information on the EIS, view the video below.

Incentivising Power Savings: University of Cambridge