Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM)

Article By: Zainuddin Abd Manan, Sharifah Rafidah Wan Alwi, Lim Jeng Shiun

Professors in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) & Founders of Optimal Systems Engineering Sdn Bhd.

“I got a written notice from the Malaysia Energy Commission (Suruhanjaya Tenaga) stating that our company would need to comply with Efficient Management of Electrical Energy Regulations 2008 (EMEER 2008) Regulation (3).  What do I do now?”

1. What is Efficient Management of Electrical Energy Regulations 2008 (EMEER 2008) Regulation (3)?

Efficient Management of Electrical Energy Regulations 2008 (EMEER 2008) Regulation was enacted on 15 December 2008 by the Malaysia Energy Commission (EC) with the primary goal to improve energy management practices among large energy consumers.  The EMEER 2008 Regulation 3 applies to:

  • Any installation which receives electrical energy from a licensee or supply authority with a total electricity consumption equal to or exceeding 3,000,000 kWh as measured at one metering point or more, over any period of six consecutive months; or
  • Any installation that is used or operated by a private installation licensee with a total net electrical energy generation equal to or exceeding 3,000,000 kWh over any period of six consecutive months.

2. What do I need to do if I receive the EMEER 2008 notice?

Upon receiving the EMEER 2008 notice, as the energy manager or the person in charge of managing energy/sustainability initiatives for your (organisation/company) installation, the first thing you need to do is to appoint a Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) for your company.  Within the first three months of the notice, you need to inform the  Energy Commission of the REEM appointment, and provide data on your company’s energy policy, energy objectives and energy management planning.  Thereafter, every six months, your company would need to submit a report to the Energy Commission’s Energy Management Information System (EMIS) portal, on the measures taken by your company to manage and reduce electrical energy consumption at your installation. The REEM you have appointed should be the one to guide you through this process.

3. What is the Energy Management Information System (EMIS) system?

Energy Management Information System (EMIS) is an EMEER 2008 online reporting platform under The Energy Commission.  EMIS was developed in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).  Installations under EMEER 2008 shall need to fill up their report every six months using this platform. The report must be verified and approved by the designated REEM before its final submission.  EMIS website address is https://emis.st.gov.my.

EMIS covers two main sectors, i.e. ‘Commercial and Government Sector’ and ‘Industry Sector’. It is crucial for you to choose the correct ‘Subsectors and Product Types’ and ‘Unit of Measure – UOM’ according to your installation. In EMIS, the Installation User first has to fill in ‘Installation Data’ that consists of ‘Installation’s Details’, ‘Installation’s Electricity Account Number’, ‘Installation’s Variables’, ‘Installation’s Fuels’ and ‘Installation’s Products (For Industry Sector only)’.

Next, every six months, the Installation User has to report its six months electricity and fuel consumption (covering the reporting period), production information (for Industrial Sector only) and Energy Saving Measures (ESM) information. The report is then submitted to the company REEM for the report to be approved and verified. Once this is completed, Form A and Form B shall be generated by EMIS. Form A is to be signed by the installation and form B, by the REEM. These forms need to be submitted to the Energy Commission within the specified report submission deadline. In EMIS, the installation can also analyse its electricity and fuel consumption trends, Specific Energy Consumption (SEC) trend, compare its electricity consumption to the selected baseline, perform regression analysis, and analyse energy savings using the Cumulative Sum (CUSUM) chart.

An experienced REEM can guide the installation to fill up the information required by EMIS.  The REEM’s tasks include providing advice on drafting an energy policy, setting up an energy management committee, formulating energy objectives and ESM direction and action plan, and interpreting the energy data generated from EMIS.

4. What is a Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM)?

A Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) is a person certified under the Energy Commission as having the competency in managing electrical energy usage for an EMEER-designated installation, and has knowledge of the Acts and Regulations that govern a designated company. Not all REEM can serve another company, and this needs to be checked based on the certification they have obtained.   

You can appoint an external REEM or train your personnel to be a REEM by sending them to courses certified by the Energy Commission such as the Energy Manager Training Course (EMTC). The EMTC is a 5-day intensive training program that includes examination and assignments that a participant needs to complete and passed before he/she can apply for conversion to REEM. Training an in-house REEM would benefit a company in the long run as it helps sustain a company’s energy management program.  However, this may take time. As an alternative, working with an experienced external REEM would help.

5. What is the primary job scope of a Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM)?

A Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) has five primary key responsibilities, as specified by the Energy Commission. These include

  • To audit and analyse an installation’s electrical energy consumption.  To do this, a REEM would have to conduct an energy audit and energy analysis for the designated installation.  
  • To advise in developing and implementing measures to ensure efficient electrical energy management at the installation. The advice is based on the preliminary energy audit analysis or a detailed technical energy audit report from an energy auditor.
  • To monitor the effective implementation of the measures.  
  • To supervise the keeping of records on efficient management of electrical energy at the installation, and to verify the document’s accuracy.  
  • To ensure timely submission of information and reports under regulations for your company.

6. What is the range of Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) service I should look?

Depending on your budget, an external REEM provides a range of services from those who merely approve and sign the submission reports to the Energy Commission, to those who cover the five key REEM responsibilities.  Some REEMs also provide advice on proper energy management system implementation that includes thermal energy management on top of covering the five job scope specified by EC.   In the upcoming Energy Efficiency Conservation Act (EECA) that is anticipated to be enacted by the end of 2021, thermal energy which offers the most energy saving potential in industry will be part of the regulation.  Under EECA, energy managers will have to manage and reduce both electrical and thermal energy in their facilities.  

We are among the very few REEMs that provide advice on how to conserve thermal energy.  In the context of Malaysia, thermal energy conservation measures can help companies achieve more cost savings and prepare them toward the enactment of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (EECA) that is expected to require for a company to appoint a registered in house energy manager (Registered Energy Manager, REM) to manage both electrical and thermal energy consumption and utilisation.   Companies would be able to sustain energy cost savings and reap all the benefits of holistic and proper energy management systems (EMS) implementation by working with a REEM who can provide all the required services specified under the REEM job scope, and also cover thermal energy management.

A REEM with experiences on actual EMS implementation within their own organisations would add tremendous value to the company hiring them. The REEM would be in the best position to advise companies on how to set up EMS such as ISO50001 and AEMAS Energy Management Gold Standard.  Such REEM could offer the best value for money service because, not only can they help ensure a company’s compliance with EMEER 2008 regulation, but also assist the company sustain energy cost saving, improve profitability, project a positive image and ultimately gain a competitive edge.  

For companies intending to periodically conduct a detailed energy audit, appointing a REEM that includes such audit services would be worthwhile considering, as it would be beneficial and cost effective for the company in the long run.

7. My company needs an external Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) urgently, where do I find one?

Good news! We provide a range of REEM service packages from the essential, to premium services at very affordable prices! Optimal Systems Engineering has a team of experienced REEMs certified under the Energy Commission with extensive experience and expertise in developing and implementing EMS under AEMAS (EMGS) and ISO50001.  

Our team has assisted Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in winning the ASEAN Energy Award and becoming the first EMGS 3 Star-certified organisation in ASEAN.  As a result of the AEMAS EMGS implementation, UTM has achieved energy savings of more than USD6 Million.  We are also the certified Energy Managers Training Centre for the Southern Region of Malaysia.  We regularly conduct the Energy Manager Training Course (EMTC) as part of the CEM certification requirement, as well as ISO50001 (See More Training).  We are also available to conduct an in-house EMTC and help your company develop and implement an EMS under AEMAS or ISO50001.

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Optimal Systems Engineering Sdn Bhd (OPTIMISE) is an Energy Service Company (ESCO) registered under Malaysia Energy Commission (@Suruhanjaya Tenaga). OPTIMISE has more than 30 years experience providing services covering electrical and thermal energy audit. Our consultants are Registered Electrical Energy Managers (REEM), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), ISO50001 Lead Auditor, Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), Accredited Energy Measurement & Verification Professional (AEMVP) and Certified HRDF Trainers with professional backgrounds in process/thermal energy engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.

We provide a range of services from Energy Audit, Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) services, Measurement and Verification (M&V), Pinch Analysis study involving process and utility-wide thermal energy recovery analysis, Energy Management System (EMS), Solar Thermal Energy Analysis as well as carbon and sustainability reporting (add a link to the respective pages). We provide various professional training (online and face-to-face) for energy managers, facility managers and engineers involved in energy analysis, energy management and consultation works.

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