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Second Quarter 2008

Heard Around Town: Featured Interview

For the Record

What's New & Noteworthy


Advocacy
Second Quarter NAESCO Advocacy Update

Upcoming Events
Embracing Energy Efficiency as the Fastest Road to Green
NAESCO's Midwest Regional Meeting
June 11, 2008 - Doubletree Oak Brook Hotel - Oak Brook, Illinois

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NAESCO Updates Website, Adds Jobs Postings, Issues New Membership Brochure

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Featured Interview with SEIA President, Rhone Resch

The Solar Energy Industries Association released its 2007 U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review last month. The report cited significant growth in the commercial and residential photovoltaic markets and concentrating solar power. U.S. PV manufacturing grew 74% while grid-tied installations grew 45% to 150MW. CSP, a utility-scale segment for PV, had the fastest growth and now represents over 15% of the annual US installed PV capacity. To view the full report, please visit SEIA's website.

Rhone Resch, President of SEIA, responded to our questions about integrating solar and energy efficiency projects.

1. Are there any emerging solar technologies that you think would integrate well with an energy efficiency retrofit or performance contract?
There are a number of off-the-shelf solar energy products that integrate well with home energy efficiency and renovation projects. Solar thermal (or solar hot water) systems are the most cost-effective. Solar thermal systems are used for pool heating and heating hot water and heating and cooling systems for home and commercial building use. Solar photovoltaic systems that transform the sun's light into electricity can also be installed on homes and commercial buildings to offset use of electricity from the local power grid. Another option for lighting is daylighting, basically a skylight with a flexible tube that can light interior spaces and rooms with limited or no windows.

Typically, a building owner would first exhaust all energy efficiency projects first (insulation, window and door systems, lighting, HVAC systems) and then turn to solar energy generation projects.

Emerging products continue to improve efficiency and bring down prices for solar energy, like thin-film PV and integrated building materials. As the ratios of performance to price improve, these new options will become more mainstream.

2. What are the areas of growth in solar industry that you think would be of most interest to our members?
The biggest growth has occurred in solar PV installations that grew 45 percent from 2006 to 2007. Big-box retailers led the growth as more corporations decided to address their long-term energy costs. Wal-Mart, Best Buy and others are installing solar on fleets of their buildings. Other large PV installations include the 14 megawatt PV system at Nellis Air Force Base. Also, some ballparks, airports and other public facilities have added PV systems. Home builders are including solar energy systems in some new developments. Another way to increase solar as a larger segment of the U.S. energy mix is utility-scale concentrating solar power. There are currently CSP plants totaling 420 megawatts in service in the Mojave Desert in California, and outside of Las Vegas. In addition, CSP project announcements and plans include more than 4,000 megawatts.

3. What do you think are the barriers that keep ESCOs and solar companies from collaborating more?
Barriers probably include lack of awareness among ESCOs about solar retrofit options, equipment and standards, along with few contacts among solar energy companies.

4. Not including the status of the Investment Tax Credit extension, what threats and opportunities do you see for the solar industry in the coming year?
Opportunities: the price for solar energy will continue to come down as manufacturing improves (here and abroad), as supplies of silicon come online, and the industry scales up. We will continue to feel pressure to address climate change in this country as well. There are numerous labs and corporations working on more breakthroughs in technology and manufacturing to bring down prices.

Threats: As our nation grapples with growing energy needs and costs, government policy may shift from truly clean renewable options like wind and solar and turn to other less certain sources, and certainly more costly sources like nuclear and coal -- counting on future technology that does not yet exist (like carbon sequestration). Or, we will repeat what happened in the 80's -- President Carter saw the promise of solar energy, then energy prices dropped and the country stuck with the status quo.

5. There are some who believe that solar is not a cost-effective energy solution without incentives. What are your thoughts on this belief?
Policy supported by incentives for solar energy will get us to cost-parity faster. Right now the industry predicts that solar energy will be on par with other sources of electricity by 2015 or 2016. We can ensure this and perhaps speed up the process by offering market stability, building awareness and assessing a cost for dirty fuel sources while rewarding clean sources. We have a choice now to spur exponential growth of this sector and the infrastructure that supports it or let it creep along slowly.

Also, most of the public is not aware of the subsidies still received by traditional energy sources. According to Doug Koplow of Earth Track, Inc., annual subsidies are $39 billion for oil and gas, $8 billion for coal and $9 billion for nuclear. Conservation programs get only $2 billion. All renewables (other than ethanol) get $6 billion. We really face a choice in our country to apply policy and subsidies to the sources we want to encourage and to find ways to shift away from sources we want to discourage.

Ed. Note: NAESCO members have implemented many solar energy projects; a few are highlighted in the Member News section of the newsletter. Many of the projects involve NAESCO members constructing solar power systems and selling the generated power back to the customer through a power purchase agreement.

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For the Record

What the 2008 Presidential Candidates Say about Their Energy Policies

Energy efficiency figures prominently in the energy plans of both Democratic presidential candidates, Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton as well as the Republican presidential candidate, Senator John McCain.

McCain, in a Speech on Energy Policy, delivered April 23, 2007, said that energy efficiency is a big part of the answer to breaking our nations' dependence on foreign oil sources and making American safer, stronger and more prosperous. He cites improved light bulbs, smart grid technologies and high tech materials to increase vehicle fuel efficiency as new advancements that will make conservation a more important part of the solution.

Obama would look to restore the federal government's lead in energy efficiency by requiring all new federal buildings be carbon neutral by 2025, by increasing the energy efficiency of new federal buildings 40% within the next 5 years and by improving the efficiency of existing buildings 25% within 5 years. He also would overhaul the appliance efficiency standards process to ensure they are updated regularly.

Using innovative measures to improve the efficiency of buildings is also a part of the Obama energy plan. He would establish a goal of making all new buildings carbon neutral by 2030, establish a grant program for states and localities that take the first steps toward implementing new building codes, and expand the federal grants programs to help states and localities to build more efficient public buildings. Obama would also change the way utilities are compensated to ensure that they are rewarded for energy efficiency improvements rather than higher energy consumption. Obama would phase out incandescent light bulbs by 2014 and invest in a digital smart grid.

Clinton would establish a goal to reduce electricity consumption by 20% from projected levels by 2020 by setting energy efficiency targets for utilities at the national level. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of emissions allowances from her cap and trade program would be used as incentives for energy efficiency.

To restore the federal governments leadership in energy efficiency, Clinton would require all new federal buildings designed after her inauguration to be carbon neutral, require federal agencies to raise public housing efficiency standards to leading private sector standards, strengthen national building codes, make energy efficiency a core mission of the General Services Administration and require federally built housing in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast be built to tough energy efficiency standards.

In addition, Clinton would modernize the grid using "Smart Grid" technology, phase out incandescent light bulbs by 2012, direct the Department of Energy to update existing appliance efficiency standards, establish a "Connie Mae" program to help homeowners implement energy efficiency improvements in their homes, modernize 20 million low-income homes to improve energy efficiency, create a $1B Green Building Fund to allow states to annually issue grants or low-interest loans to improve energy efficiency in public buildings, establish a "Green Collar" worker training program, and require state utility commissions to evaluate whether the energy services provided by a proposed plant could be met by investments in energy efficiency.

All three candidates would look to restore the United States' leadership in addressing climate change on an international level. While each candidate supports a cap and trade program, the Democratic presidential candidates both support a 100% auction of permits for emissions allowances while McCain foresees an increasing fraction of these permits being supplied by auction.

For excerpts from the candidates' plan or speech, please follow the links below:

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The "Invisible" U.S. Energy Efficiency Boom: ACEEE Report Finds U.S. Energy Consumption Cut in Half Since 1970

In the first attempt to quantify the overall impact of the hidden U.S. energy efficiency boom, a major new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy shows that U.S. energy consumption (as measured per dollar of economic output) will have been slashed by the end of 2008 to half of what it was in 1970, from 18 thousand BTUs to about 8.9 thousand BTUs. However, the ACEEE report, The Size of the U.S. Energy Efficiency Market: Generating a More Complete Picture, concludes that the United States as a nation is generally not aware of the role that energy efficiency has played in satisfying its growing energy-service demands and contends that the contributions of efficiency often go unrecognized. The report also notes that although efficiency is a proven resource, it remains underdeveloped. ACEEE Research Associate Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, lead author of the report, said: "While current investments in energy efficiency are having an important impact on our economy, efficiency remains under-funded, and the potential benefits of efficiency remain unrealized." The report concludes that the evidence suggests that efficiency can make an even larger contribution towards stabilizing energy prices and reducing greenhouse gas emissions should the United States choose to fully develop it. The report recommends a more complete remedy to making energy efficiency more visible which includes a concerted data collection effort, smart investments and investment mechanisms, and a smart policy framework.

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U.S. Green Building Association Solicits Comments on its Revised LEED Ratings

In May, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) opened the first public comment period on LEED 2009, the next evolution of the LEED green building certification system. All the LEED ratings systems have been modified and are open for public comment. To review the changes to the rating systems and provide comments, please visit the USGBC website.

The LEED Existing Building Rating system has been modified to include three options in the Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance prerequisite. The options are achieving an energy performance rating of at least 69 using the EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager, demonstrating at least 19% better energy efficiency than the average for typical buildings of similar type or using the method described in the LEED for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance Reference Guide. In addition, buildings must have energy meters that measure all energy use and must calibrate meters within the manufacturer's recommended interval.

The number of points needed to achieve the various levels of certification has been increased. Opportunities to earn regional bonus credits have been added. Projects that deliver regionally important benefits are now eligible to earn points in the LEED system.

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AIA Releases Study of Three Green Building Rating Systems

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released a study of three green building rating systems (Green Globes, SBTool 07, and LEED NC 2.2) and assessed their effectiveness in supporting the goals of the AIA sustainability position statement. The key findings of the evaluation are as follows:

Green Building Initiative's Green Globes:
The system offers a broad based evaluation of projects in both the design process and based on environmental criteria. When used to certify a project, more stringent and specific requirements in the areas of energy reduction and operational performance are needed, as these are the two areas that most influence carbon production.

U.S. Green Building Council's LEED NC 2.2 system:
This is good example of a rating system which provides a measurement of environmental achievement. Continued developments in life cycle assessment, requirements for renewable energy or carbon reduction targets for certified projects will continue to make this system an effective resource for architects.

International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment's SBTool 07:
SBTool 07 is a toolkit for designing a rating system. If used as a rating system providing certification, SBTool 07 would be stronger if there was an increase in the number of "required" items vs. those that are simply "encouraged" and required project documentation. Specific requirements in the areas of energy reduction and operational performance would supply any rating system approach that comes out of SBTool 07 with performance-based requirements necessary for reaching carbon reduction goals.

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What's New and Noteworthy

Advocacy

Second Quarter NAESCO Advocacy Update

NAESCO's advocacy work in 2008 has expanded to ensure that the growing number of energy efficiency initiatives across the country are cost-effective, sustainable, and offer new opportunities for ESCOs.

National

  • Working with the Federal Performance Contracting Coalition (FPCC) and GELAT to develop specific recommendations for Congress and the Administration regarding the need for accelerated ESPC investment across the government and to co-ordinate the lobbying campaign on key issues.
  • Participating in national coalitions that are seeking to use pending federal RPS/EPS and Greenhouse Gas legislation to promote large-scale national energy efficiency programs.
  • Working with several national energy efficiency initiatives, including the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, Clinton Climate Change and the National Governors Association Securing a Clean Energy Future, to promote the use of performance contracting.
  • Working to convince industrial customers in several key states that Standard Offer performance contract programs are beneficial for them and for the whole utility system.
  • Promoting state PC programs, in conjunction with ESC. NAESCO is drafting model legislation and regulations, as well as scheduling performance contract training programs across the country.
  • Submission of Comments to Draft IDIQ Solicitation W912DY-08-R-0019, the draft IDIQ solicitation issued by the US Army Engineering & Support Center.

Northeast

  • Participating in legislative and regulatory initiatives in MA, NY and NJ that will increase energy efficiency programs by 3-6 times. Participating in the development of Future Capacity Markets in New England and PJM that will open new funding sources for large amounts of EE and DR.

Midwest

  • Participating in regulatory and legislative efforts to initiate and implement large new EE programs in IL, IN, OH, MI and OK. Working to assist in the implementation of PC programs in IA and KS. PC training programs scheduled in IL and MI and under development in other states.

Southeast

  • Working with various national and regional organizations, including ACEEE, Environmental Defense, NRDC, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Energy Futures Coalition and Alliance to Save Energy to modify the Duke Energy Save-a-Watt proposals in North Carolina and South Carolina. NAESCO has testified in Public Service Commission proceedings in South Carolina, held several meetings with Duke Energy and has met with North Carolina public officials to educate them about Save-a-Watt.
  • Monitoring and participating in proceedings to develop large-scale EE programs in MD, TN, and FL.

West

  • Working with the ESC and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Partnership (SWEEP) to reform performance contracting legislation in Arizona. Legislation has passed the House and is progressing through the Senate.
  • Participating in multiple California Public Utility Commission proceedings that will determine the scope of the 2009-2011 utility EE programs. Proceedings include strategic planning, savings goals, EM&V protocol development, solar and renewable energy incentives and 2009-2011 cycle program plan development.
  • Monitoring the initial project implementation of the DGS state building PC program and assisting ESCOs to provide feedback to DGS.

Research and Development, supported by US DOE and US EPA

  • Participating in continued research on the US ESCO market in conjunction with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab using DOE grant monies. Focus in 2008 on documenting the current size and potential of the state buildings performance contract marketplace. Next report, due out in summer 2008, will better document the status of energy efficiency in state buildings and highlight states whose policies and produce superior results.
  • Developing a standardized new M&V protocol for O&M and Capital Cost Avoidance savings that is acceptable to ESCOs and a wide range of customers. Have organized an Advisory Committee of ESCOs, and are currently recruiting customer members for the Advisory Committee.
  • Continuing to work to help EPA develop ENERGY STAR as a vehicle for promoting comprehensive ESCO projects. Current activities drafting a manual for ESCOs, reviewing new versions of EPA tools and promoting the use of EPA tools in various state proceedings.

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Upcoming Events

Embracing Energy Efficiency as the Fastest Road to Green
NAESCO's Midwest Regional Meeting
June 11, 2008 - Doubletree Oak Brook Hotel - Oak Brook, Illinois

Come hear about how the different efficiency and renewable technologies are most effectively used as the cornerstone in greening buildings and the ways in which technologies choices and strategies affect green results.

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Communications

NAESCO Updating Website, Membership Brochure

If you have visited the NAESCO website recently, you may have noticed a number of changes. NAESCO has reorganized its website to be more user friendly and it continues to add new industry information to assist you and your customers. In addition, in order to provide members with another channel to seek qualified candidates for positions within their organizations, NAESCO recently launched a "Green Jobs" page with listings of available jobs. Posting a job is a free member benefit. The new feature already contains numerous positions posted by both members and non-members.

NAESCO also relaunched its membership brochure. Featuring full-color pictures of buildings that NAESCO members have retrofitted and technologies typically employed in these retrofits, the brochure highlights the ways in which NAESCO serves its membership and the industry as well as spotlights the resources available to members through NAESCO. If you have not received a copy or would like NAESCO to send a brochure to a prospective member, email Nina Lockhart at nkl@naesco.org.

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Member News

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Project and Products


Honeywell and Lewis & Clark College Team to Harness Solar Energy
Honeywell announced that Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR has awarded the company a solar project that is expected to save the school at least $200,000 in energy costs over the next 20 years. Under the agreement, Honeywell will install solar panels on the roof of the Pamplin Sports Center and sell the electricity the panels produce to the college. The power purchase agreement is the first of its kind for a college or university in Oregon.

Energy Systems Group To Reduce Carbon Footprint of Major Florida Airport
Energy Systems Group has partnered with TBI Airport Management, Inc. in a 10-year $3.375 million energy savings contract for key energy conservation and facility upgrades throughout Orlando Sanford International Airport. Underlining the Sanford Airport Authority's green environmental initiatives, the project implemented by Energy Systems Group will reduce the airport's carbon footprint through a 35% reduction of carbon emissions produced by the existing electrical usage at SFB. In addition, water consumption will be reduced by about 982,000 gallons per year. ESG's initiatives will provide the airport with over $4.7 million in energy and operational savings over the 10-year agreement..

Constellation Energy Projects & Services Group to Construct Large-Scale Solar Power System for General Motors
Constellation Energy Projects & Services Group has signed an agreement with General Motors Corporation to construct a solar power system that will generate approximately 870 kw of power and supply nearly half of the power requirements at GM's 300,000-square-foot Service and Parts Operations warehouse in Fontana, California. Constellation Energy will own and operate the rooftop system and provide power to the GM facility under a 25-year power purchase agreement. The photovoltaic solar installation, one of the largest of its kind for a corporate customer, will feature 6,400 UNI-SOLAR(R) solar panels. GM estimates the project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 355 metric tons annually and reduce electricity costs by approximately 10 percent.

SYLVANIA Offers New High Efficiency Ballasts
OSRAM SYLVANIA extends its QUICKTRONIC® high performance ballast family to include the all new T5HO and T8 High Efficiency QUICKSTEP® Bi-level Systems. Known for exceptional performance, the new QUICKTRONIC Bi-Level series are designed to replace conventional ballasts in A/B switching applications. They can be controlled by conventional wall-box switches and/or occupancy sensors.

Chevron Energy Solutions and Keenan Development Finish $100 Million New Central Utility Plan at Fort Detrick On Budget and On Time
Chevron Energy Solutions and Keenan Development announced the commercial operation of a new $100 million central utility plant which will provide efficient and reliable power, chilled water, and steam to the National Interagency Biodefense Campus at the U.S. Army's Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. The central utility plant's design provides for continuous steam, chilled water, electricity and standby emergency power to reliably meet the needs of the NIBC's laboratory and biodefense research work. CES designed and built the plant on schedule and on budget and is operating the facility, while Keenan Development owns the plant and is leasing the project land from Fort Detrick.

Southeastern Regional School District of Massachusetts Signs Preliminary Contract with Ameresco
The Southeastern Regional School District announced it has signed a preliminary contract with Ameresco to assist the school district in conserving energy. The agreement is expected to reduce energy consumption by 25%.

Chicago's Merchandise Mart Selects TAC for Clinton Climate Initiative Energy Savings Project
Chicago's Merchandise Mart, the largest commercial building in the world, has signed the first project development agreement in the United States under the Clinton Climate Initiative. Under the agreement, TAC will implement energy reduction initiatives as part of CCI's global Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing facilities. A representative from TAC will talk about this project at the upcoming NAESCO GreenTech workshop in Chicago on June 11th.

San Jose Unified School District, Chevron, and Bank of America Establish Largest K-12 Solar Power and Energy Efficiency Program in the United States
San Jose Unified School District today announced that it has entered into a unique partnership with Chevron Energy Solutions and Bank of America to establish what is believed to be the largest solar power and energy-efficient facilities program in K-12 education in the United States. As part of its equipment finance and management business, Bank of America will own the solar equipment and through its Energy Services Financing Solutions team, will sell power to the district under a service contract at rates significantly below market utility rates.

The EnergySolve Companies Implement Energy Efficient Parking Garage Lighting Project at Foxwoods Resort Casino
The EnergySolve Companies recently completed the design and installation of 8,140 new, energy efficient parking garage lighting fixtures at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation's energy service company – the Native American Energy Savings Company - partnered with the EnergySolve Companies to design, procure and install energy efficient lighting in Foxwood's Rainmaker, Great Cedars, Grand Pequot, and new MGM hotel parking garages. The new highly efficient lighting replaced energy inefficient lighting in all of the parking garages, reducing energy consumption from the garage lighting by an estimated 45%.

DMJM Harris Teams with California State University San Bernardino
The California State University at San Bernardino has teamed with DMJM Harris Energy Services to improve the energy efficiency and infrastructure of their campus, while reducing their carbon footprint and planning for future growth. CSUSB is one of several CSU campuses to engage DMJM Harris to deliver renewable energy technology and energy efficiency programs. The $13.7 million project will provide necessary equipment and systems upgrades to allow for campus growth while successfully achieving the state's aggressive energy reduction goals. DMJM Harris designed a program that will reduce the campus' annual energy costs by over $1 million and the CSUSB campus will receive approximately $1.2 million in utility incentives to offset the cost of the project..

Ganahl Lumber Company Slashes Utility Bills with Universal Lighting Technologies' DCL®
Universal Lighting Technologies has developed DCL® to provide immediate, wireless control of every lighting fixture in a building or multiple buildings. DCL (or Demand Control Lighting) allows Ganahl Lumber Company, California's oldest lumber retailer, to reduce lighting levels throughout the building with a single command. The DCL control unit communicates with the building's lighting ballasts at the circuit level in order to reduce power anywhere from 1 percent to 50 percent. The result is significant energy and financial savings.

Honeywell and City of Hillsboro, OR Power Water Storage Facility with Solar Panels
Honeywell announced that the City of Hillsboro, OR, has awarded the company a solar project that is expected to cut the city's energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Under the agreement, Honeywell will install ground-mounted solar panels next to the Hillsboro Evergreen Reservoir water storage facility and sell the electricity that the panels produce to the city for use at the reservoir. The panels are expected to generate more than 104,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, almost 20 percent of the power needed for the 15 million-gallon Evergreen Reservoir.

Constellation Energy Projects & Services Group Constructs Photovoltaic Solar Power System in California
Constellation Energy Projects & Services Group has constructed and will own and operate a new photovoltaic solar power system in California, marking CEPS' initial step in the solar power market. Constellation Energy Projects & Services constructed the solar photovoltaic system in partnership with leading aluminum manufacturer Alcoa and DEERS, owner of the patent pending solar rooftop attachment design. The new system is a 588,000-watt, roof-mounted photovoltaic solar power system. As part of this project, Constellation Energy Projects & Services will own the energy assets and will sell the electricity it generates on site back to Alcoa.

Advance Introduces New Additions to ROVR™ Family of DALI-Compliant Digital Addressable Ballasts
Advance announces that it has expanded its innovative family of ROVR digital addressable controllable fluorescent lamp ballasts to include a new 1-lamp model for T5 fluorescent applications as well as 1 and 2-lamp models to support T8 fluorescent applications in a variety of professional settings. Now offered to complement its previous 2-lamp version, Advance's new ROVR ballast for 1-lamp, 54 Watt T5 High Output (T5HO) fluorescent applications is intended for office and warehouse venues, while Advance's new 1 and 2-lamp fluorescent T8 ballasts support 17 Watt, 25 Watt, or 32 Watt fluorescent T8 applications are intended for use in general office settings and conference rooms. All of the new ballasts fully enable two-way communications with individual lighting fixtures and allow users to set up any fluorescent lighting configuration they desire with numerous distinct performance settings.

SYLVANIA Introduces ECOLOGIC 3 Family of Lamps
OSRAM SYLVANIA, introduces ECOLOGIC®3, which the company believes to be the industry's most sustainable lighting solution. ECOLOGIC3 is the latest in SYLVANIA's ongoing efforts to offer the most environmentally preferable products on the market. The ECOLOGIC3 family includes 25 different SYLVANIA OCTRON® T8 lamps; each exemplifies the three major features of environmentally responsible lighting: longer lamp life, higher lumens per watt and RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) compliance for hazardous materials. It all adds up to a lower environmental impact and lower energy costs.

Education Agency in Western Pennsylvania To Undergo $1.4 Million Energy Saving Renovation with TAC
Midwestern Intermediate Unit (MIU) IV, the education service agency for schools in Butler, Lawrence and Mercer Counties in western Pennsylvania, is implementing $1,492,000 in facility enhancements designed to improve operations, comfort and efficiency at its facility in Grove City, PA. The Energy Solutions division of TAC, a world leader in energy services will complete the work as a performance contract with the organization.

Energy Systems Group Signs $5.6 Million Contract with Naval Station Norfolk
Energy Systems Group signed their first Utility Energy Services Contract, teaming up with Virginia Natural Gas, Inc. at Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval station. ESG will provide lighting, water, and mechanical system upgrades and will establish the framework for decentralization of the central steam system. In compliance with current energy legislation, these projects are designed to reduce energy, improve infrastructure, and address comfort concerns expressed by Naval Station Norfolk. The $5,693,529 contract consists of several key energy conservation measures including lighting retrofits, infrared heating, water conservation and steam to hot water conversion. The total duration of the design and installation effort will be fifteen months.

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People


Pepco Energy Services Names Vice President and General Manager for New England Business
Pepco Energy Services announced today that it has named Stephen J. Fabiani as Vice President and General Manager for its New England business. Fabiani joins Pepco Energy Services as a member of its senior leadership team and has responsibility for leading the company's expansion into the New England energy market.

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Company News


Con Edison Solutions Acquires Custom Energy
Con Edison Solutions has acquired Custom Energy Services, LLC, of Overland Park, Kansas, an energy services company serving a national portfolio of clients. Custom Energy CEO Dayton "Buddy" Hahs will remain with the company and will continue to serve as Chairman of NAESCO.

EPA Report Profiles Energy Star Partners for Significantly Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Several NAESCO Members Among Energy Star 2008 Award Recipients
The Environmental Protection Agency released a report, "Profiles in Leadership, 2008 Energy Star Award Winners," highlighting 74 award-winning organizations across many sectors of the U.S. economy, including schools, hospitals, real estate, manufacturing, chemicals and home building. The award winners were selected from over 12,000 organizations that partner in the Energy Star program. The EPA said that through the pioneering efforts of these organizations, substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by means of energy efficiency and awareness have been achieved.

Among the award recipients for the Energy Star Award for Sustained Excellence are New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, OSRAM SYLVANIA and Southern California Edison. Pacific Gas and Electric was awarded Energy Star Partner of the Year and Energy Star Award for Excellence awards.

AMERESCO CEO Sakellaris Tells Congress Energy Efficiency Projects Could Produce 3 Million Jobs
Ameresco President and Chief Executive Officer George Sakellaris told members of a congressional committee examining Global Warming that investments in energy efficiency projects would not only reduce the effects of climate change, but also serve as an engine of economic growth creating over three million American jobs. Sakellaris testified at a hearing of the U.S. Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming entitled "Negawatts: The Role of Efficiency Policies in Climate Legislation." The hearing was part of Congress' consideration of cap-and-trade legislation to address climate change and technologies to achieve emissions reductions.

Atlantic Energy Solutions, Inc. Goes Public
Atlantic Energy Solutions, Inc, headquartered in Saratoga Springs, New York, has announced that it has become a publicly traded company on Pink Sheets, an electronic OTC market. Atlantic Energy is a NAESCO accredited Energy Services Company (ESCO) and was recently acquired by Notch Novelty Corporation (PINKSHEETS: NHNV).

Con Edison Solutions Wins Approval to Deliver Energy Services in North Carolina
Con Edison Solutions has received formal accreditation from the state of North Carolina as an energy services company. As a state-accredited ESCO, the company is entitled to offer a range of energy efficiency services to state-owned agencies and universities. Last year, the North Carolina State Senate allocated $200 million for use by State-owned agencies and universities to implement energy-saving upgrades in 2008 by tapping the services of approved providers.

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