Credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez
Key elements of Shedd Aquarium’s master energy roadmap include:
--Installation of new electricity sub meters that will help the operations team understand the aquarium’s energy use in real time across the facility, allowing Shedd to adjust utilization patterns and implement energy savings strategies.
--Replacing 75 percent of the lights with high- efficiency LEDs that will reduce electricity consumption by 150,000 kilowatt hours per month. 
--Other efficiency investments such as variable speed drives, building envelope enhancements, and heating and cooling optimization.
--Enhanced automation systems that will allow Shedd to intelligently control energy use to reduce its peak electricity demand, lower its overall electricity rate, take advantage of real-time pricing to use electricity when the price is low, cut its electricity use when the price is high, and get access to the “demand response” market to collect payments from utilities for cutting its load during periods of high load on the electric grid.
--Integrating new energy storage technology to provide enhanced reliability in the event of rare but serious major blackouts, while also allowing Shedd to participate in new “ancillary service” markets to bring in new revenue.
--On-site and local solar power that will save Shedd more than $100,000 a year in energy costs, while providing critical power in the event of a blackout.