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NAESCO Newsletter

First Quarter 2009

Featured Articles

  • How the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Affects the Energy Services Industry
    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama on February 17th provides significant new funding for energy efficiency. The concerted effort made by NAESCO, its member companies, and the coalitions of businesses, states, energy and environmental organizations, trade associations and manufacturers of energy efficient products that NAESCO worked with has resulted in an unprecedented national acceptance of energy efficiency as a key element of future growth and prosperity.
  • Conservation is the Cornerstone for Achieving the Goals of the Stimulus Legislation
    Congress accepted many of the arguments made by NAESCO and others that large-scale energy efficiency projects have consistently produced jobs that cannot be exported. NAESCO supported this claim with a 2007 LBNL study reporting that ESCOs have delivered more than $50B in verified energy savings, produced in excess of 330,000 person years of direct employment, improved $25 billion of infrastructure at federal, state and local facilities and saved more than 430 million tons of CO2.
  • Renewable Energy Provisions in the Stimulus Legislation Abound
    The renewable energy industry received substantial support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Some key credit and loan guarantee provisions are listed in the body of the newsletter.

NAESCO Updates


Advocacy

  • NAESCO First Quarter 2009 Advocacy Report
    NAESCO's advocacy work in late 2008 and early 2009 focused on energy efficiency provisions within the federal stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as well as the increasing number of major state energy efficiency programs being developed around the country.

Industry Reports

  • Green Collar Jobs in the U.S. and Colorado - Economic Drivers for the 21st Century
    The American Solar Energy Society (ASES), in conjunction with Management Information Services, recently released "Green Collar Jobs in the U.S. and Colorado - Economic Drivers for the 21st Century" which reported that the renewable energy industry, excluding hydro and biomass power, grew 15.4 percent between 2006 and 2007. According to the authors, solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, biofuels and fuel cells were the renewable energy sectors that grew the most rapidly.
  • Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Finds Large Electric Productivity Gap Among States
    The Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report examining the electric productivity of the 50 states and found that productivity varied greatly among the states. The authors believe this finding is significant because they believe that it demonstrates that if laggard states were to achieve the productivity of the top 10 states, U.S. electrical consumption could be reduced 30 percent.

Upcoming Events

  • NAESCO's Fourth Annual Federal Market Workshop
    March 3, 2009 - Pepco Building, 701 Ninth St., NW Washington, D.C. 20068
    The workshop will be one of the first opportunities under the new administration for industry participants, federal and state program managers, and new federal appointees to gather to discuss the opportunities and the challenges in scaling up the amount of energy efficiency resources to be delivered across market sectors while ensuring sustainable long-term energy and dollar savings.

    Registration is currently closed. To be placed on the waitlist, please send your contact information to info@naesco.org.

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Featured Articles

How the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Affects the Energy Services Industry

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama on February 17th provides significant new funding for energy efficiency. The concerted effort made by NAESCO, its member companies, and the coalitions of businesses, states, energy and environmental organizations, trade associations and manufacturers of energy efficient products that NAESCO worked with has resulted in an unprecedented national acceptance of energy efficiency as a key element of future growth and prosperity.

Our advocacy has resulted in some great new market opportunities and provides a significant first step in a major federal commitment to energy efficiency. Highlights of the Act include the following:

  • $3.1 billion for the State Energy Program (SEP), which provides grants and funding to state energy offices for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs;
  • $3.2 billion for an energy efficiency and conservation block grant program to assist local governments in implementing energy efficiency and conservation programs;
  • $3.6 billion for Department of Defense energy efficiency projects and modernization of facilities;
  • $5 billion for low-income Weatherization programs;
  • $4.5 billion to GSA for measures to convert GSA facilities to High-Performance Green Buildings;
  • $400 million to establish the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings;
  • $4.5 billion for the Smart Grid Investment Program;
  • $500 million for jobs training for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries;
  • $9.75 billion for modernization, renovation or repair of schools and colleges;
  • $1 billion to fund energy efficiency improvements in public housing including investments that leverage private sector funding; and,
  • $2.25 billion for improvements and energy efficiency in federally assisted housing (e.g., HUD Section 8).

Our efforts will now shift to working with Federal government, state and local government agencies that will be administering the funding provided by the Act, to help them understand how to make the best use of the ESCO infrastructure that is in place across the country. We will try to help them deliver comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, that leverage every taxpayer dollar to the greatest extent possible with private investment, and that transparently account for producing sustainable energy resources and good long-term jobs.

We know that we have a lot of work to do with the Obama administration on its priority program to make federal facilities energy efficient. We need to quickly get the ESPC contract ceiling lifted and the issues of project competition in the Defense Appropriations Act resolved. We also need to work with the GSA regions that have historically used ESPC to expedite new ESPC projects that can be national models of how to most effectively use the stimulus appropriations.

Finally, we need to continue our discussion with the Congress, to ensure they see the energy efficiency appropriations in the Act as a new beginning that will be extended later in the year through the pending energy and climate change legislation as well as the FY10 federal appropriations bills.

Click here to read a summary of the energy efficiency provisions of the Act that was produced by the Alliance to Save Energy.

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Conservation is the Cornerstone for Achieving the Goals of the Stimulus Legislation

Congress accepted many of the arguments made by NAESCO and others that large-scale energy efficiency projects have consistently produced jobs that cannot be exported. NAESCO supported this claim with a 2007 LBNL study reporting that ESCOs have delivered more than $50B in verified energy savings, produced in excess of 330,000 person years of direct employment, improved $25 billion of infrastructure at federal, state and local facilities and saved more than 430 million tons of CO2. NAESCO also referenced a Center for American Progress report which concluded that $100 billion invested in energy efficiency and renewable energy would produce about 2 million new jobs as well as a study of energy efficiency effects on employment in California which concluded that the implementation of residential conservation measures saved residents $56 billion over 35 years, creating about 1.5 million jobs.

The ESCO industry has a major job ahead of us in the next few years to demonstrate to the Congress and the Obama Administration that the billions of dollars in new funding for state and local government energy efficiency programs will produce the expected employment and economic boost.

We also need to do more policy and advocacy work going forward to convince lawmakers that Congress should make energy efficiency funding available to all federal agencies and that the funding should be leveraged and used for comprehensive projects that integrate energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. While the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act appropriated funding for energy efficiency projects at GSA, HUD, and DOD, it omitted funding for other federal agencies, did not appropriate enough money to get the job done at GSA, HUD or DOD, and omitted guidance about how the funding should be used. NAESCO pointed out in its advocacy work that in the last 10 years, 195 ESPCs implemented through FEMP have invested about $3 billion in federal civilian facilities and have produced about 28,500 jobs. We argued that energy efficiency in public buildings can be accelerated with modest federal incentives that are leveraged roughly 3:1 with private investment thereby maximizing energy and dollar savings as well as job creation.

We need to reinforce that message this year with the new senior managers the Obama Administration will appoint. NAESCO will help them understand that in addition to providing significant leverage for the federal government investment, FEMP- delivered projects using ESPC and UESCs provide comprehensive integration of energy and water conservation and efficiency measures, full utilization of renewable energy technologies, and accountability through long-term monitoring of project savings and savings guarantees. No other delivery system can match this record of accomplishment.

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Renewable Energy Provisions in the Stimulus Legislation Abound

The renewable energy industry received substantial support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Some key credit and loan guarantee provisions include the following:

  • Extension of Production Tax Credit. The PTC is extended through 2012 for electricity derived from wind facilities and through 2013 for electricity derived from geothermal, biomass, hydropower, landfill gas, waste-to-energy and marine facilities.
  • Investment Tax Credit Expansion. The bill gives project developers of wind, geothermal, biomass and other technologies eligible for the PTC, the option of instead utilizing the 30% ITC.
  • Repeals Subsidized Energy Financing Limitation on ITC. The full amount of the ITC is available to businesses and individuals even if their property is financed with industrial development bonds or other subsidized energy financing.
  • Grant Program in Lieu of Tax Credits. Project developers are eligible for grants from the Treasury Department in lieu of the ITC.
  • Study of Electric Transmission Congestion. The Secretary of Energy is required to study the transmission issues facing renewable energy.
  • Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs). $1.6 billion worth of new clean renewable energy bonds is included to finance wind, closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal, small irrigation, hydropower, landfill gas, marine renewable, and trash combustion facilities.
  • Renewable Energy Loan Guarantee Program. A temporary loan guarantee program, worth $6 billion, is included for renewable energy power generation and transmission projects that begin construction by September 30, 2011.

Click here to read the full overview produced by The American Council on Renewable Energy.

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NAESCO Updates

Advocacy


NAESCO First Quarter 2009 Advocacy Report
NAESCO's advocacy work in late 2008 and early 2009 focused on energy efficiency provisions within the federal stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as well as the increasing number of major state energy efficiency programs being developed around the country.

National

  • Worked with national coalitions of energy efficiency organizations, environmental organizations, trade associations and major companies to secure about $40 billion of new federal funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy in the ARRA. See accompanying articles for more detail.
  • Working with the national coalitions to secure policy support and continuous funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy in the FY09 and FY10 appropriations bills and the pending federal energy policy and climate change legislation.
  • 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, and to work with DOE, GSA, DOD, HUD, and other major agencies to ensure that funds appropriated for federal buildings in the ARRA are leveraged with private investment and are invested in comprehensive projects that produce verifiable results.
  • Working with several national energy efficiency initiatives, including the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, Clinton Climate Initiative and the National Governors Association Best Practices Policy Academy, to promote the use of performance contracting.
  • Promoting state ESPC programs, in conjunction with ESC and NASEO. NAESCO is drafting model legislation and regulations, as well as holding performance contract training programs across the country.

Northeast

  • Participating in legislative and regulatory initiatives in MA, NY, PA and NJ that will increase energy efficiency programs by 3-6 times, including approximately 25 new utility program filings in New York and Pennsylvania. Participating in the development of new programs using funding from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in New York. Assisting the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) and Division of Energy Resources (DOER) to develop new programs to leverage federal ARRA funds through performance contracting in state and local government buildings. 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. Submitted written testimony in the Duke Energy Indiana Save-a-Watt proceeding. Participating in the Oklahoma Corporation Commission DSM Collaborative. Working to support the development of large-scale utility EE programs in KS and the implementation of PC programs in IA and KS. Delivered PC training programs in IL and MI.

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. Testified in Public Service Commission proceedings in South Carolina, and in the Utility Commission proceedings in North Carolina. Held numerous meetings with Duke Energy and have 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 passed the House but failed in the Senate in 2008. New legislation is under development for 2009.
  • 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. Working to ensure program continuity with Bridge Funding for the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009.
  • Monitoring the initial project implementation of the DGS state building PC program and assisting ESCOs to provide feedback to DGS.

For more information on any of the NAESCO advocacy work or to suggest other areas in which NAESCO should be involved, please contact Donald Gilligan, NAESCO's President, at 781-793-0250 or donaldgilligan@comcast.net.

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Industry Reports

 
Green Collar Jobs in the U.S. and Colorado - Economic Drivers for the 21st Century

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES), in conjunction with Management Information Services, recently released "Green Collar Jobs in the U.S. and Colorado - Economic Drivers for the 21st Century" which reported that the renewable energy industry, excluding hydro and biomass power, grew 15.4 percent between 2006 and 2007. According to the authors, solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, biofuels and fuel cells were the renewable energy sectors that grew the most rapidly.

The study, which analyzes the green economy and provides a sector-by-sector breakdown of revenue and job opportunities, reported that the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries generated $1 trillion in revenue and provided more than 9 million jobs. The report updates analysis and data from the original report, "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Economic Drivers for the 21st Century", published in 2007.

The authors also forecast the growth of RE and EE by 2030, looking at three scenarios. Under the advanced scenario which assumes that policy initiatives are introduced that "push the envelope", RE and EE would generate $4 trillion of revenue and create 37 million jobs, 17% of all anticipated U.S. employment. In contrast, the base case scenario, which assumes no change to current policy initiatives, yields $2 trillion in revenue and 16 million new jobs.

The full report can be found here.

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Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Finds Large Electric Productivity Gap Among States
The Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report examining the electric productivity of the 50 states and found that productivity varied greatly among the states. The authors believe this finding is significant because they believe that it demonstratesthat if laggard states were to achieve the productivity of the top 10 states, U.S. electrical consumption could be reduced 30 percent.

According to Natalie Mims, consultant on RMI's Energy and Resources Team, "Closing the electric productivity gap through energy efficiency is the single largest near-term opportunity to immediately reduce electricity use and greenhouse gases, and move the United States forward as a leader in the new clean energy economy."

According to the authors, electric productivity is a measure of how much gross domestic product is generated for each kilowatt-hour consumed. The authors believe the top performing states, which include New York, Connecticut and California, can serve as examples of how other states can overcome barriers to implementing efficiency measures, regulate utilities and implement technologies.

This paper is the first in a series that examines what states can do to increase their electricity productivity.

The full report can be found here.

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Upcoming Events


NAESCO's Fourth Annual Federal Market Workshop
March 3, 2009 - Pepco Building, 701 Ninth St., NW Washington, D.C. 20068
The workshop will be one of the first opportunities under the new administration for industry participants, federal and state program managers, and new federal appointees to gather to discuss the opportunities and the challenges in scaling up the amount of energy efficiency resources to be delivered across market sectors while ensuring sustainable long-term energy and dollar savings.

Registration is currently closed. To be placed on the waitlist, please send your contact information to info@naesco.org.

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NAESCO News


BY Lee and RJ Dixon
MOU presentation for Korea
and USA ESCO Association

NAESCO Signs MOU with Korean Association of Energy Services Companies
NAESCO recently signed a memorandum of understanding with KAESCO to save resources and promote energy efficiency through technical cooperation and intellectual exchange between the two organizations. Bob Dixon, Sr. Vice President, Global Head of Efficiency & Sustainability at Siemens and former President of NAESCO, joined Bum Young Lee, President, Korean Association of ESCOs at the formal presentation of the MOU. The signing of the MOU with KAESCO supports NAESCO's mission to promote efficiency as the first priority in a portfolio of economic and environmentally sustainable resources. NAESCO welcomes the opportunity to support the ESCO industry globally.

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Industry News

Energy Efficiency Programs Can Realistically Reduce Growth in Electricity Consumption by 22%, According to EPRI
Energy efficiency programs in the United States could realistically reduce the rate of growth for electricity consumption by 22 percent over the next two decades if key barriers can be addressed, according to an analysis released by the Electric Power Research Institute. The potential energy savings in 2030 would be 236 billion kilowatt hours, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 14 New York Cities.

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Member News

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Project and Products


San Jose Unified School District, Chevron Energy Solutions and Bank of America Announce Completion of Largest K-12 Solar and Energy Efficiency Project in U.S.
San Jose Unified School District, Chevron Energy Solutions and Bank of America announced the completion of what is believed to be the largest K-12 solar and energy efficiency project in the United States. The project, which includes a total of 5.5 megawatts of solar power at 14 district sites, is expected to reduce the district's energy costs by more than 30 percent. Reductions in energy costs are expected to save the district's general fund more than $25 million over the 25-year life of the project. The district will reduce its purchase of utility power through this program, which is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 100,000 metric tons, equivalent to planting more than 1,400 acres of trees. Variable-speed drives and premium high efficiency motors were installed in the district's swimming pools to improve energy efficiency. Students within the San Jose Unified School District will also have the opportunity to learn first hand about energy use and the solar power generated on their campus with the aid of interactive kiosks.

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Pepco Energy Services Awarded $55 Million ESPC with Baltimore City Public Schools
Pepco Energy Services was chosen to provide a comprehensive energy efficiency and guaranteed savings program for the Baltimore City Public School System. The 15-year contract calls for Pepco Energy Services to provide high-efficiency lighting and water conservation measures, the replacement of heating and cooling systems, the expansion of the energy management control system and the installation of new windows. To assure that the energy savings are achieved, Pepco Energy Services will provide on-going maintenance for all the equipment being installed for the entire term of the contract.

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ConEdison Solutions Helps Smithville Schools Earn the EPA's ENERGY STAR for Superior Energy Efficiency
The Smithville R-II School District earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious ENERGY STAR. The Smithville School District earned the honor for the $1.9 million energy efficiency program completed by Custom Energy Services, a ConEdison Solutions company. The upgrades have helped the district to reduce annual energy consumption by 33 percent and have produced annual savings of nearly $86,000 a year.

Custom Energy Services helped the Smithville School District improve its energy performance by replacing rooftop units, replacing windows and ceilings, retrofitting lighting, implementing a new energy management system, and improving water conservation measures.

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SAIC Awarded Energy Savings Performance Contract by the U.S. Department of Energy
Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded an ESPC by the U.S. Department of Energy to design, construct, and obtain financing for projects that will reduce energy and water consumption and costs, and promote the use of renewable energy technologies across federal agencies. The multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a five year base period of performance, two two-year options and a total contract ceiling of $5 billion if all options are exercised. Work will be performed by SAIC's design-build subsidiary, The Benham Companies LLC.

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North Carolina County Invests $1.2 Million Through Performance Contracts with TAC to Improve Energy Efficiency at Facilities
Wilson County, N.C., has reduced its utility costs by $107,000 annually since completing $900,000 in facility upgrades to improve operations, comfort and efficiency at 10 county buildings totaling 363,000 square feet. The county is now launching a second phase of facility enhancements at its detention center and a newly acquired office property. This $330,000 project will save an additional $29,000 annually, helping the county to achieve its objective of reducing utility charges by at least 15 percent annually. The county has achieved both projects through performance contracts with the Energy Solutions division of TAC.

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Akerman Senterfitt Active in Brownfield Redevelopment
The law firm of Akerman Senterfitt is playing an active role in Brownfield redevelopment projects. Recent Akerman Brownfield work includes a California project where Akerman attorneys assisted a national developer with its proposal to acquire and construct a regional shopping center on a portion of a formerly hazardous waste landfill. In Florida, Akerman assisted a client with the development of a hotel that now sits on a former Brownfield site. In New York, Akerman is currently helping to redevelop a Brownfield, located along the Hudson River, as the site for a hotel and conference center that is expected to meet the standards for USGBC LEED Gold certification.

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Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group Awarded DOE Contract to Improve Energy Efficiency at National Energy Technology Laboratory
Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group has been awarded an energy savings performance contract by the U.S. Department of Energy. Under the contract, CEPS will install renewable energy systems and improve overall energy efficiency at three of DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory sites in Pittsburgh, PA., Morgantown, W. VA and Albany, OR. The implementation cost of approximately $6.4 million will be funded entirely by the nearly $758,000 in annual energy cost savings realized by the improvements. The project will provide a showcase of innovative technologies, including biogas boilers, green roofs, hybrid lighting, advanced metering, solar lighting and rooftop wind turbines. Overall, the project will reduce energy consumption at the three NETL sites by more than 23 billion Btu per year and water use by more than three million gallons a year.

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Siemens Building Technologies Helping City of Houston Save Energy in City Buildings
Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. is one of two companies that have been awarded the first phase of a multi-tiered, demand-side energy management project by the City of Houston as part of the city's commitment to save energy, protect the environment and contain operating costs as a C40/Clinton Climate Initiative partner city. The first phase of this performance contract has been assigned with Siemens poised to retrofit some 5,500,000 square feet of city facilities.

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Control Technology and Solutions Begins $4.1 Million, Multi-Site Expansion Project for Spoon River College
Control Technology and Solutions is partnering with St. Charles, Mo.-based Project Masters, LLC to build two new educational facilities for Spoon River College, based in Canton, Ill. The team will also renovate an 81,000-square-foot building in Macomb, Ill. to expand the school's campus there. The combined value of the projects is $4.1 million.

Construction recently began work on the new buildings with a combined value of $1.9 million - the 5,800-square-foot Havana Center in Havana and the 4,600-square-foot Rushville Center in Rushville. Both facilities will feature energy-efficient design and engineering including: energy-saving windows and lighting fixtures; a web-based facility management and control system with carbon dioxide monitoring; and an advanced heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Both buildings are slated for completion in May 2009.

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Honeywell Helps School Districts Nationwide Capture More Than $153 Million in Guaranteed Energy and Operational Savings Since 2006
Since 2006, Honeywell has helped dozens of U.S. school districts beat the budget crunch with energy and operational savings expected to total more than $153 million. Combining all active performance contracts, the company is helping hundreds of districts save nearly $372 million.

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Milpitas Unified School District, Chevron Energy Solutions and Bank of America Announce Completion of 3.4 MW Solar and Energy Efficiency Project
Milpitas Unified School District, Chevron Energy Solutions and Bank of America completed a 14-site, district-wide solar and energy efficiency project designed to supply 75 percent of the district's total annual electricity needs through solar energy. The 3.4-megawatt solar parking canopies and shade structures generates what is believed to be the highest percentage of solar power for any K-12 school district in the United States and supplies 100 percent of the district's power during the summer months when California's peak-demand electricity needs are greatest.

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SAERIS, a Division of Acuity Brands, Launches New Financing Program for Lighting Renovations
SAERIS, a division of Acuity Brands, Inc. introduced a new financing program developed to aid building owners in replacing existing lighting systems with new, energy-efficient fixtures that improve the work environment and impact the bottom line. The SAERIS financing program provides total financing for material and installation services required to do the lighting renovation.

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AECOM Wins a $15-25 million Contract to Create a Revenue-Generating Energy Savings Program for Sacramento, CA
AECOM Technology Corporation has been awarded a 3-year contract with the city of Sacramento to plan, design and realize an energy efficiency program for the city's building portfolio and street lighting systems that will make money. Based on the measures selected by the City, the total contract value could vary from $15 to $25-million. The program's goals are to save about $25-million worth of energy and to reduce CO2 by about 30,000 metric tons - the approximate equivalent of taking 44,000 cars off of Sacramento's roads - over the 15-year lifespan of the implemented measures.

Under the contract, AECOM will identify and rank all feasible energy efficiency opportunities and recommend energy conservation measures to not only save energy, but also to upgrade energy and facility management systems and address some of Sacramento's $38-million in deferred maintenance items. Another goal is to fund the creation of the city's first sustainability management position.

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Pepco Energy Services Chosen by State of North Carolina to Implement Large Energy Savings Performance Contract
Pepco Energy Services has been selected to implement a comprehensive energy efficiency and guaranteed savings contract by the North Carolina Department of Administration. The project will provide the state with over $25 million in guaranteed savings over the 12-year term. The contract calls for Pepco Energy Services to improve the energy efficiency of numerous state government buildings in Raleigh. As part of the performance contract, Pepco Energy Services will recommission and expand the downtown district cooling system; provide improvements to HVAC systems and controls; install energy efficient lighting systems; and implement water conservation measures to many government buildings in the State Capitol.

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Eastern Kentucky University Energy Efficiency Project Grows to $27 Million after Siemens Building Technologies Identifies New Savings Opportunities
Eastern Kentucky University will be reducing its carbon impact and its energy bill even more than it anticipated last spring when the school announced plans to team with Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., and embark on a comprehensive program designed to boost the energy efficiency of facilities campus wide.

After Siemens completed its energy audit of EKU facilities, a thorough review of its findings with the University's facility management staff revealed that an additional $5 million in upgrades to energy-intensive systems would yield significantly higher savings -- more than enough to cost-justify the now larger, $27 million investment. The performance-based sustainability project will be financed by a lease which will be paid back over a 13-year period from the energy savings guaranteed by Siemens once the system upgrades are completed.

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Town Replaces Water Meters with Help from TAC
The Town of Woodstock, VA. has completed a $1.2 million town-wide water meter replacement project, installing more than 1,800 new water meters with automatic meter reading capability. The new meters will reduce read times and more accurately measure water usage, which should allow the town to receive more than $25,000 in additional revenue annually.

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Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group - Making a Green Impact in Maryland
Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group has been helping Maryland pass some significant environmental milestones. The ESCO secured enough wind power to help the Laurel, Md.-based Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) become the largest local government direct purchaser of renewable energy in the U.S. A 30 megawatt wind farm in Somerset County, Penn. that generates the power for WSSC was dedicated Feb. 4, 2009.

Constellation Energy Projects & Services also completed construction of two solar power systems of note in Maryland. A 300 kilowatt photovoltaic system in Millersville made the Maryland Environmental Service the first state agency to deploy solar, and the nearly 1 megawatt solar system constructed atop McCormick's Spice Mill and Distribution Center in Hunt Valley is the largest solar installation constructed by Constellation Energy in the state. Altogether, the company has brought five megawatts of solar installations online for customers throughout the U.S., and is also active in deploying geothermal and biomass systems for customers in Maryland and nationwide.

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The City of Glendale, AZ Reaches Lighting Performance Benchmark with Help from ROAM, a Solution from Acuity Brands
The city of Glendale, AZ selected ROAM to not only assist them in addressing their current streetlight outage problem, but to also provide a sustainable lighting management solution that would continue to identify and reduce outages long past the initial outage reduction. ROAM is a remote streetlight monitoring and management solution that pairs a smart photocontrol, capable of diagnosing lighting problems, with wireless technology to provide increased visibility and management of outdoor street lighting systems.

ROAM smart photocontrols were installed on 18,500 city street lights. With the help of ROAM, the city was able to reduce their system-wide outage/ malfunction percent from 20% to 3%, and recently reached a performance benchmark of 1.58%. In addition, the city also realized a reduction in citizen call volume, reducing calls per day from 20 to approximately three.

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Company News


Control Technology and Solutions Opens Sixth National Office in Dallas, Texas
St. Louis-based Control Technology and Solutions (CTS) has opened an office in Dallas. Heading the new office, the sixth operated by CTS nationally, is Dallas native Roger Thibodeau. The company opened in 2000 with four employees and employs more than 30 people today. In addition to St. Louis and Dallas, other offices are in Tulsa, Okla.; Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago, Ill.; and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.

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Ayokunle Kafi Joins AECOM Energy
AECOM Energy welcomed Ayokunle Kafi to its team in September 2008. Kunle is a veteran of the ESCO industry, who served in various capacities with Select Energy Services/Ameresco for 18 years prior to joining AECOM. Throughout his career, Kunle has had responsibility for engineering, project management and business development. His experience encompasses federal, state and local government facilities of all kinds. Kunle will be serving as the Manager of Project Development for the East Region for AECOM Energy.

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Akerman Attorneys Among the Few LEED Accredited Professionals in Virginia
Akerman Senterfitt attorneys Jim Coleman and J.R. Steele have been named Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals by the United States Green Building Council. Coleman and Steele are residents in Akerman's Tysons Corner office and are two of only six attorneys in the State of Virginia that are LEED APs. Within the DC Metropolitan Area, fewer than 30 attorneys have achieved LEED accreditation.

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