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Second Quarter 2009

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Advocacy

  • NAESCO 2009 Advocacy Report
    NAESCO's advocacy work continues to expand to ensure that the growing number of energy efficiency initiatives across the country are cost-effective, sustainable, and offer new opportunities for ESCOs and other NAESCO members.

New Members

NAESCO welcomes the following new members:

Upcoming Events

  • NAESCO's Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting
    June 11, 2009
    Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia, 237 Broad St., Philadelphia, PA
    The workshop focuses on the impact of the stimulus monies on energy resource planning and acquisition, effectively leveraging private and public monies to accelerate economic recovery, and creating and delivering green jobs.
    To register, please click here.
  • 2009 NAESCO's 26th Annual Conference
    November 17-18, 2009
    The Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles, CA
    Theme: Energy Efficiency Kicks It Up a Notch: Marshaling the New Opportunities
    To register, please click here.

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For a full list of all NAESCO Member News, please click here.

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Featured Articles

Interview with Malcolm Woolf, Director, Maryland Energy Administration

Malcolm Woolf - Director, Maryland Energy Administration; Energy Advisor to Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley

The mission of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is to promote affordable, reliable and clean energy. In 2007, Governor O'Malley launched the EmPOWER Maryland initiative that calls for a reduction in statewide peak demand, as well as overall statewide energy consumption, of 15% by 2015. This MEA-led initiative has opened the door to many new and effective programs. Already, the peak demand goal has led Maryland utilities to develop binding programs to reduce peak demand by 1,951 MW by 2011, which is equivalent to the output of more than 3 power plants. Statewide savings are expected to reach roughly $6 billion.

Energy Performance Contracts are a key vehicle for the state government to reduce its building's electricity consumption. Maryland is compiling a robust building by building database of energy consumption, allowing administrators to identify where resources need to be allocated to reduce consumption. Currently, there are 5 pre-qualified energy service companies (ESCOs) under the State's indefinite delivery contract. These ESCOs develop and implement energy efficiency and guaranteed savings programs in order to assist State agencies in achieving mandated reductions in energy consumption. Maryland expects to issue another request for proposal in the near future in order to update the list of ESCOs qualified to work in State facilities under the State's indefinite delivery contract.

Maryland is poised to maximize its influx of stimulus funds. It is looking to increase funding for its current EPC loan program from $1M per year to $8M over two years. In addition, Maryland participates in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and is introducing a new program designed to encourage energy efficiency retrofits in commercial and industrial buildings. The program was originally funded at $200,000 per year but will be increased to $7M over two years with stimulus funds. While use of EPCs is not mandatory for this program, the administration feels that EPCs are cost-effective delivery mechanisms and sees opportunity for ESCOs to help implement this program.

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NAESCO Updates

Advocacy

 
NAESCO 2009 Advocacy Report

NAESCO's advocacy work continues to expand to ensure that the growing number of energy efficiency initiatives across the country are cost-effective, sustainable, and offer new opportunities for ESCOs and other NAESCO members.

One of the major developments during the first quarter of 2009 has been the efforts to transform the federal government initiatives to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy from policies into actual projects and programs and to move the stimulus funding into the field. Another major development is the House consideration of a climate change bill initially introduced by House Energy and Commerce Chair, Henry Waxman and Congressman Ed Markey. The markup of the bill occurred on May 18th, with a floor vote anticipated in late June or early July. The size of the bill, the breadth of its focus, and the huge number of prospective amendments expected to be introduced suggest that the process may not move as swiftly as proponents of the bill currently expect.

Federal

The issues of central importance to our membership that have emerged from passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the consideration of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) center around the decision-making process of the states and local governments regarding utilization of the stimulus funding, the choice of existing delivery channels to funnel the money to institutional customers, the procurement requirements for allowing state and local governments to mix the allocated monies with private investment monies through ESPCs, passage of an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS), and the allocation of GHG allowances for energy efficiency.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
NAESCO has been working with a national coalition that consists of hundreds of environmental and energy efficiency groups, industry trade associations and major companies to try to make sure that the rules for these programs will facilitate the accomplishment of the goals of ARRA. The coalition's efforts were hampered when the Obama Administration announced in March that it would not permit lobbyists to talk or meet with any federal official on the subject of ARRA programs. For about six weeks, NAESCO and other coalition members were not permitted to talk to DOE program managers or even to attend public conferences where the stimulus programs were being discussed. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has now issued clarifying rules that somewhat ease the restrictions on lobbyists, and many organizations, including NAESCO, have restructured their advocacy efforts through federal filings to allow the organizations to communicate and meet with US DOE officials.

Another challenge is that DOE and OMB have not made the SEP plans available to the public. Neither agency has responded to direct requests from the national coalition to post the plans on the DOE or Recovery.gov websites. A few states have made their plans available on their own websites, but most states have not. A website created by a Seattle company - www.recovery.org - has provided access to county and city project data not available on the government websites. We expect a number of states will have public building ESPCs as major elements of their energy efficiency programs and that some will need help getting programs organized and implemented in the accelerated ARRA timeframe. We are in the process of establishing target counties and cities and have developed informational pieces about the added value of using ESPCs to disseminate stimulus monies for distribution.

American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES)
This legislation is currently under consideration in the House and combines two initiatives that had previously been separate: national energy efficiency and renewable energy resource standards (EERS and RES) and a national greenhouse gas emissions reductions policy (GHG). House Energy and Commerce Chairman Waxman on May 13th announced that the House had reached a compromise agreement on the major ACES issues which have dominated the policy discussions and focus of interest groups like ours over the last month. The bill was marked up on May 18th, with a floor vote anticipated in the next few weeks. EERS, RES and GHG reductions are also under discussion in the Senate but are being considered in separate pieces of legislation. We anticipate that Senate action on these bills will be delayed, as the Senate will first consider health care reform this summer, and then return to energy issues in the fall.

EERS and RES
The House compromise announced on May 13th specifies a combined 20% EERS and RES by 2020. This means that utilities must by that year procure a total of 15% of their energy from renewable sources (RES) and 5% from energy efficiency (EERS). If a state cannot meet the RES (Southeastern states have said that they lack wind resources), the Governor can petition US DOE to allow the reduction of the RES to 12%, and a simultaneous expansion of the EERS to 8%. This compromise EERS is substantially less than the 15% that NAESCO and the national coalition support.

The Senate discussion is at an earlier stage than the House deliberations. In the Senate, the RES and EERS are still being considered separately, and overall have less support than in the House. The coalition anticipates making a renewed push for a higher level of EERS in the Senate at the appropriate time.

GHG Reduction
The GHG provisions of ACES establish a national carbon cap-and-trade system in which the government issues a limited number of carbon emission allowances (in effect permits to emit CO2). The number of allowances is reduced each year to reach the target level of emissions in a future year.

The first major debate is about how the initial allowances will be distributed. In the current bill, 85% of the allowances will be given to industry and 15% will be auctioned. The Obama administration had proposed that all allowances be auctioned with proceeds used to fund a middle class tax cut. Industries (including utilities) that emit large amounts of CO2 argued that forcing them to purchase allowances at auction would increase the cost of energy in a recessionary environment and so they should be granted allowances at no cost. Democrats defeated a Republican amendment to ACES that would have required all allowances to be auctioned. Republicans argued that free allowance distributions to industry represent corporate welfare and will result in higher energy costs. Other groups that want to eliminate the bill's allocation of free allowances include a coalition of state regulators, public power entities, and consumer groups who believe that the value of those allowances will not be passed on to ratepayers in the form of lower energy costs.

Currently the legislation calls for energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries to receive 15% of allowances in 2014 through 2025 on a declining basis. The automobile industry will receive 3% of allowances from 2012 through 2017 and 1% of allowances through 2025 to support development of clean vehicles. Oil refineries will receive 2% of allowances through 2026. Only 15% of the total allowances would be auctioned and the proceeds distributed to help low-income consumers with rising energy costs. Beginning in 2026, any unallocated allowances will be auctioned and the proceeds returned to consumers on a per capita basis.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee eventually reported the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 out of Committee by a 33-25 vote before Congress left for the Memorial Day recess. ACES amendments adopted include the creation of a "clean energy bank" to fund clean energy technologies that are seen as difficult to finance because of a higher risk profile and the establishment of a "cash for clunkers" program to encourage consumers to turn in old cars and purchase more fuel efficient vehicles.

The second major debate is about the use of the proceeds from the allowance auctions. NAESCO and the national coalition are urging that a substantial portion of the proceeds be invested in energy efficiency programs because EE programs produce CO2 emissions at a negative net cost. Consumer groups and advocates for low-income ratepayers insist that most of the proceeds should be rebated to ratepayers. Advocates for energy intensive industries would like to see a substantial portion of the proceeds used to help these industries defray the cost of implementing emissions reduction technologies.

States

Perhaps the most exciting development at the state level is the flurry of activity related to the receipt and dissemination of the federal ARRA funding, which will invest about $11 billion in state and local government EE programs in the next two years. But while the states and local governments are formulating their ARRA implementation plans, a number of states are proceeding with instituting or expanding ratepayer-funded EE programs. Highlights are summarized below.

California
The CPUC proceeding to approve the 2009 program portfolio, which will approximately double the size of utility EE programs, is about one year behind schedule. NAESCO and a number of other parties have recommended that the CPUC view 2009 as a bridge year, and use the time to resolve outstanding issues in program savings goals, program EM&V and utility incentives. NAESCO is also urging that during 2009 successful programs be fully funded at the level of their maximum production during the 2006-2008 program cycle. If the CPUC accepts this recommendation, the new program portfolios will be implemented in 2010.

Massachusetts
The state is doubling its energy efficiency programs, pursuant to the 2008 Green Communities Act. Utilities filed implementation plans in mid-May. NAESCO is participating in the state coalition of energy and environmental groups, and is co-sponsoring, with the state Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) and the Division of Energy Resources, a series of meetings and workshops about how to maximize ESCO participation in Green Communities and ARRA program implementation.

New York
The Energy Efficiency Performance Standard (EEPS) proceeding, which will approximately triple EE funding and put utilities back into EE program administration, is now entering its third year. A limited set of "fast track" programs are in the early stages of implementation. NAESCO has retained a consultant to monitor the proceeding and is directly participating in the Evaluation Advisory Group, the successor to the SBC Advisory Group, which is setting program EM&V standards and protocols.

Pennsylvania
The utilities will begin large EE programs with aggressive savings goals in early 2010. Initial program plans from the eight electric IOUs are due by the end of June. The balance of the year will be spent in a public review and approval process. NAESCO has retained a consultant to monitor the proceedings and is attending meetings and submitting comments as appropriate.

North Carolina and South Carolina
Utility regulatory commissions in both states have ordered the states' major electric utilities - Duke and Progress Energy - to implement large new energy efficiency programs. Both state commissions have rejected Duke's program compensation proposal, called Save-a-Watt. The rejection was advocated by NAESCO and a coalition of energy and environmental groups because they believe that the Save-a-watt proposal was not sustainable. The commissions ordered the utilities to accumulate their program costs (very modest by California or Northeast standards) in deferral accounts pending future proceedings on appropriate cost recovery and compensation mechanisms. NAESCO continues to work with the state coalitions to ensure that the new programs include significant opportunities for ESCOs.

Georgia
In April, the Georgia legislature rejected a bill that would have made ESPC projects in state facilities somewhat easier to implement. ESPCs in Georgia are hampered by a constitutional prohibition against the state taking on debt. NAESCO is continuing to work with Georgia state officials on reviving the ESPC legislation or developing approaches that might allow some state ESPC projects to proceed. The state has proposed that the majority of its SEP funds (about $65 million) be used in State building EE projects.

Florida
NAESCO continues to monitor the proceedings to update utility energy conservation goals based on current cost-effectiveness standards. Utility submittals are due on June 1. The comment and hearing process will last through the summer, with a decision expected in late October. NAESCO will work with a coalition of state energy and environmental groups on comments and participation in the hearings.

Illinois
The expanded Illinois utility EE programs will start their second year of implementation, with approximately double their first-year budgets, in mid-June. NAESCO is working with the program managers for the Commonwealth Edison program to set up meetings with ESCOs to encourage the development of more comprehensive projects.

Michigan
The electric utilities have filed new energy efficiency program plans. NAESCO is monitoring the development of those plans, and is holding a series of meetings with officials of the state Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG) about making ESPC a major part of the state's ARRA implementation. Michigan is particularly interested in the potential of ESPC to leverage the impact of federal ARRA funding with private ESPC funds and Don Gilligan has been invited to several meetings in Lansing to discuss ESPC as a delivery channel of stimulus monies.

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New Members

NAESCO welcomes the following new members.

Acuity Brands Technology Services - Acuity Brands Technology Services is comprised of two businesses, SAERIS™ and ROAM®. These businesses capitalize on emerging opportunities in the turn-key renovation and the lighting, energy and maintenance management markets.

Clark Energy Group LLC - Clark Energy Group is a full-service ESCO with particular focus on comprehensive energy and water efficiency measures for energy-intensive buildings such as data centers, laboratories, and hospitals, as well as for new construction. Clark also focuses on renewable energy development, including building-integrated solutions such as rooftop photovoltaic, geothermal, micro-hydro, small wind, and cogeneration.

CLT Efficient Technologies Group - CLT delivers cost savings, energy performance and facility comfort improvements to a variety of institutions as well as commercial and industrial customers.

Grant Capital Management - Grant Capital Management is a leading provider of tax-exempt lease financing to the public sector. They design lease-purchase agreements, master leases and operating leases with terms up to 20 years as well as finance almost any type of essential-use capital equipment, vehicles, real property or Energy Performance Contracts.

Iowa Office of Energy Independence - The Office of Energy Independence (OEI) sets the strategic direction for Iowa's clean energy future by identifying goals to achieve desired results.

Lockheed Martin - Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 146,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. They also provide utility efficiency program implementation and federal government performance contracting services.

Louisiana CleanTech Network - The Louisiana CleanTech Network works with all stakeholders to promote the growth of clean technology businesses in Louisiana and to encourage socially and environmentally responsible economic development.

McClure Company - McClure Company is a subsidiary of PPL Energy Services and delivers comprehensive energy solutions. Being a fully integrated energy services provider, they have engineering, drafting, construction management, labor trades, commissioning, and service personnel in-house. Services range from energy management and mechanical contracting to building and operating renewable facilities. They employ professional engineers, certified energy managers, and LEED AP certified designers.

United Financial - United Financial of Illinois, Inc. is a privately held financial services company providing secured equipment financing services.

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Upcoming Events
 

NAESCO's Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting
June 11, 2009
Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia, 237 Broad St., Philadelphia, PA
The workshop focuses on the impact of the stimulus monies on energy resource planning and acquisition, effectively leveraging private and public monies to accelerate economic recovery, and creating and delivering green jobs.

To register, please click here.

2009 NAESCO's 26th Annual Conference
November 17-18, 2009
The Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles, CA
Theme: Energy Efficiency Kicks It Up a Notch: Marshaling the New Opportunities

To register, please click here.

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Website

NAESCO Launches American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Resources Page
NAESCO has consolidated key information and documents regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The page will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Industry News

The California Sustainability Alliance Issues New Report on Real Estate Market Transformation Through Green Leasing
The California Sustainability Alliance, a market transformation program managed by Navigant Consulting, Inc. has released a report entitled "Greening California's Leased Office Space: Challenges and Opportunities." The report provides information about the pivotal role green leasing plays in achieving the resource efficiency, environmental, and societal benefits of green buildings; and outlines the changes that need to be made to policies, programs, and practices in order to establish green leasing as a standardized practice in California.

The report found that the primary barrier to greening California's commercial office space is the fact that ninety percent of all office space in California is leased. Under many lease transactions, owners are not economically motivated to invest in building retrofits because the economic benefits of such retrofits flow to the tenants. The report also details how the leasing process can be leveraged in order to help willing owners and tenants enter into a "green lease". The report further recommends a broad range of strategies for accelerating green leasing in California - from establishing consistent statewide standards and definitions of "green", to documenting and publicizing the costs and benefits of green buildings (also known as the green building value proposition), implementing building labeling, and modifying state and local policies, ordinances and utility programs to recognize the different needs and interests of landlords and tenants under various types of lease structures.

To download a copy of the report, visit the California Sustainability Alliance's website: www.sustainca.org.

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Policies Needed to Improve Energy Efficiency, Revive Economy in Southeast U.S.
Energy efficiency policies in the Southeast U.S. can help reduce electricity use by more than 10 percent over the next six years - saving the same amount of power generated by more than 30 coal-fired power plants, according to a report released by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), and Southface. According to the report, "Power of Efficiency" which is the second report in a three-part series about energy opportunities in the Southeast United States, energy efficiency savings can be captured in the near future with prompt policy action by states. For instance, updating and enforcing energy codes for residential and commercial buildings will save consumers money and drastically reduce energy demands.

Several examples from the region offer good starting points for broader efficiency efforts. One example noted in the report is a program in Virginia that offers a tax credit for developers who construct high-efficiency buildings for low-income residents. Data and billing information showed that these residents reduced their energy costs by more than 25 percent and saved an average of 15 percent on total monthly utility bills.

The authors found that tax credits, loan programs or other financial incentives that reward both utilities and consumers for energy savings are some of the best methods to relieve initial cost hurdles and provide long-term economic savings.

To view the full report, please click here.

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Study: Semiconductors Are Now the Driving Force Behind U.S. Energy Efficiency Gains
According to a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) titled "Semiconductor Technologies: The Potential to Revolutionize U.S. Energy Productivity," semiconductor technologies are so essential to advances in energy efficiency gains that the U.S. economy could expand by more than 70 percent through 2030 and still use 11 percent less electricity than it did in 2008. Between now and 2030, electricity bills could be reduced by $1.3 trillion assuming that the right investments and policies are in place, eliminating the need by the end of the period for 296 power plants.

The ACEEE report outlines an investment model to achieve the most from semiconductor-enabled energy efficiency. The report estimates these investments could begin with a modest $7.1 billion of incremental investments in 2010, rising to as much as $28.7 billion by 2030. Cumulatively, the market for these new technology investments is about $472 billion over the period 2010 through 2030. But there is a hefty return on these investments. The report estimates the electricity bill savings average just over $61 billion over that same period of analysis, producing a cumulative electricity bill savings on the order of $1.3 trillion over that same time horizon.

Since their emergence in the 1970s and widespread use in the 1990s, semiconductors have been an essential tool for energy efficiency. Energy solutions that are described as "smart" - from smart buildings to smart appliances to the Smart Grid - have semiconductor sensors to measure temperature or other variables, communications chips to receive and transmit data, memory chips to store the information and microcontrollers, microprocessors, and power management chips to adjust energy loads.

The full ACEEE report is available online at www.aceee.org.

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IEA Expects Energy Use by New Electronic Devices to Triple by 2030 but Sees Considerable Room for More Efficiency
The International Energy Agency (IEA) calls on governments to implement policies to make electronic devices such as televisions, laptops and mobile phones more energy-efficient. According to a new IEA publication, Gadgets and Gigawatts, the number of people using a personal computer will soon pass the one billion mark. Electronic devices currently account for 15% of household electricity consumption but their power consumption share is rapidly rising. The report states that without new policies, the energy consumed by information and communications technologies as well as consumer electronics will double by 2022 and increase threefold by 2030 to 1700 Terawatt hours (TWh).

The authors of Gadgets and Gigawatts argue that electricity consumption from residential information and communications technologies and consumer electronics devices could be cut by more than half through the use of the best available technology and processes which are currently available. This would slow growth in consumption to less than 1% per annum through 2030. This level of energy saving represents a reduction to consumer energy bills by over $130 billion in 2030 and the avoidance of 260 GW in additional power generation capacity.

The report concludes that while some of these savings can be achieved through better equipment and components, the largest improvement opportunity must come from making hardware and software work together more effectively to ensure that energy is only used when, and to the extent needed. The authors state that to deliver these savings, strong public policies are needed particularly those that set maximum energy budgets for each function.

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New Study Identifies Top States and Examines Factors Associated with Big Savings Results
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) issued a new report, "Meeting Aggressive New State Goals for Utility-Sector Energy Efficiency: Examining Key Factors Associated With High Savings," which presents the results of a comprehensive national review of recent accomplishments in utility-sector energy efficiency, and an examination of key factors associated with large savings achievements. Using a combination of expert review and an analysis of actual energy efficiency spending and savings data, the report identifies a set of 14 "top states" in the U.S. in terms of utility-sector energy efficiency accomplishments. The report then goes on to examine and discuss a wide range of factors that could conceivably affect success in this area, and identifies factors that appear to be associated with high levels of energy efficiency savings.

The authors report that a number of states are achieving significant levels of utility-sector energy efficiency savings and these savings are increases over what was being saved earlier in the decade. However, no states, except for Vermont, are reporting the higher level of energy efficiency savings being called for in recent state policy decisions. They suggest that key factors associated with high levels of utility-sector energy efficiency achievements include having high levels of funding for energy efficiency programs and having strong legislative and regulatory support for energy efficiency. The authors observe that utility energy efficiency programs tend to produce most of their savings from lighting retrofits and there is a strong need to increase energy savings from a more comprehensive set of energy efficiency technologies.

The report is available at www.aceee.org/pubs/u091.htm.

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Member News

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Project and Products

 
Johnson Controls Among Team to Announce Groundbreaking Energy Efficiency Retrofit Project at Empire State Building
Using the Empire State Building as a test case and model, a team of environmental consulting, non-profit, design and construction partners - including the Clinton Climate Initiative, Rocky Mountain Institute, Johnson Controls Inc. and Jones Lang LaSalle- unveiled an innovative process for analyzing and retrofitting existing structures for environmental sustainability. The project partners used existing and newly created modeling, measurement and projection tools in a new and repeatable process to analyze the Empire State Building and establish a full understanding of its energy use as well as its functional efficiencies and deficiencies. This provided actionable recommendations along a cost-benefit curve to increase efficiency and without harming bottom line performance.

The more than $500 million renovation program is the first comprehensive approach that integrates many steps to use energy more productively and is expected to reduce energy consumption by up to 38 percent and will provide a replicable model for similar projects around the world. With an initial estimated energy efficiency project cost of $20 million, additional savings and redirection of expenditures originally planned in the building's upgrade program, and additional alternative spending in tenant installations, the Empire State Building will save $4.4 million in annual energy costs, reduce its energy consumption by close to 40%, repay its net extra cost in about three years, and cut its overall carbon output.

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City of Oswego Water Department Partners with Wendel Energy Services on Water Pump Station
The City of Oswego wanted to increase the energy efficiency at their raw water pump station, finished water pump station, two booster pump stations, and their coagulation process while also upgrading their plant SCADA system. Wendel was retained as the City's Energy Performance Contractor to provide energy evaluations, energy grant services, design, bidding and construction services for the rehabilitation of raw and finished water pump stations at the Water Treatment Plant and two booster pump stations. Actual annual savings for the project exceed $150,000.

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Illinois School Districts and College Partner with CTS to Secure Grant for Energy Efficiency Improvements
Spoon River College and the Teutopolis and Prairieview-Ogden School Districts received grant awards from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to fund energy savings projects in partnership with Control Technology and Solutions (CTS), which will design and install energy efficiency improvements for all three. CTS is retrofitting all three schools' current systems with new technologies that will benefit the schools both financially and environmentally, including new ground source heat pump systems that are already under construction. The new systems are projected to save the Teutopolis School District nearly $25,000 a year and decrease annual fossil fuel emissions by 90 percent, the Prairieview-Ogden District is expected to save nearly $33,000 a year and decrease annual fossil fuel emissions by 95 percent, and Spoon River College is projected to save $13,000 a year and decrease fossil fuel emissions by 26 percent.

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Honeywell Helps Central Dauphin School District Save More Than $1 Million in Annual Utility Costs
Honeywell announced an $8.2-million energy efficiency and conservation program for the Central Dauphin School District in Harrisburg, PA. The program, which combines traditional facility retrofits with several innovative conservation measures, will help the district upgrade buildings, reduce its environmental footprint and save approximately $1.1 million in utility costs per year. The district will use these savings - guaranteed by Honeywell through a 15-year performance contract - to pay for the improvements, which will affect more than 20 facilities.

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Butte College Projects Savings of $8 Million from Solar Project with Chevron Energy Solutions
Butte College partnered with Pacific Gas and Electric, Chevron Energy Solutions and Banc of America Public Capital on this $4.2 million solar project on its main campus. The college added 2,352 solar panels, the fifth solar project the college has embarked on in the last four years. The new solar panels are perched on top of a campus parking lot, near the welding area, and will produce 545,400 kWh each year. The new array will provide energy for seven buildings and four greenhouses, including the child development center, physical sciences building, mechanized agriculture, welding, agriculture storage building, horticulture building, and heavy equipment building.

The college received a PG&E California Solar Initiative rebate check for $833,000. Chevron Energy Solutions designed and installed the solar photovoltaic system. The financing was provided by Banc of America Public Capital Corp.

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Houston Inks $9.6 Million Deal with TAC to Improve Energy Efficiency in Partnership with Clinton Climate Initiative
Houston has awarded TAC a $9.6 million performance contract involving seven of the city's 271 buildings. TAC will implement numerous energy conservation measures at these city facilities to improve the efficiency of the buildings. For the first phase, the city of Houston selected TAC to perform energy audits on seven municipal buildings containing 1.2 million square feet.

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Honeywell Introduces GHG Inventory Service
Honeywell has introduced a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory service that measures and provides a comprehensive snapshot of an organization's verifiable GHG emissions. The service gives customers the information to make educated, strategic decisions about reducing their environmental impact and creates an accurate baseline for measuring the success of sustainability programs. As part of the inventory, Honeywell determines organizational, operational and temporal boundaries, establishing criteria for all measurable data. The company then compiles data from three scopes of emission sources.

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Johnson Controls to Help Madison County Schools Save $5.9 Million
Johnson Controls, Inc. has entered into an energy savings performance contract with Madison County Schools in western North Carolina. Facility improvements and behavior modification strategies are expected to yield more than $5.9 million in energy savings over 15 years. The performance contract with Johnson Controls will reduce energy use by 36 percent across all six schools and three administrative buildings. The project's reduced emissions will be equivalent to removing 8,250 passenger vehicles from the road.

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Pennsylvania State Police Pursue Energy Savings with TAC
The Pennsylvania State Police are implementing $775,000 in facility enhancements designed to improve operations and energy efficiency at two troop headquarters facilities. The project includes installing a wind turbine to tap into the abundant wind energy available in the region. TAC will complete the work as a performance contract and guarantees a reduction in utility costs of more than $40,000 annually when the project is completed in June 2009.

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L.A. Metro and Chevron Energy Solutions Unveil Nation's Largest Solar Panel Installation at a Transit Facility
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) unveiled a groundbreaking energy efficiency and renewable power project with the installation of the nation's largest solar panel system at a transit facility. The project is a public/private partnership between Metro and Chevron Energy Solutions. The 6,720 individual solar panels at Metro's Support Services Center in downtown Los Angeles will generate 1.2 megawatt, or 1,200 kilowatts of renewable, emission-free power. Along with other energy-efficient improvements, the project is expected to cut the facility's annual $1.1 million energy bill in half to approximately $550,000. Metro will reduce its purchase of utility power, which is anticipated to reduce carbon emissions by more than 3,700 metric tons, equivalent to planting more than 550 acres of trees and taking more than 600 cars off the road.

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ConEdison Solutions Marks 'Earth Day' by Recognizing Chelsea Piers and City's Other 'Green Pioneers'
ConEdison Solutions announced that Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, the country's largest sports and entertainment complex, now ranks as New York City's largest commercial customer using 100-percent wind power. The Chelsea Piers purchase of clean and renewable wind energy is executed through ConEdison Solutions' "Green Power" electricity supply offering. The wind energy purchase enhances the environment by offsetting the generation of approximately 13,600 metric tons of electricity-related greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), a quantity equal to taking an estimated 2,850 cars off the road or planting 12,250 acres of trees.

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The University of Central Missouri Signs $36.1 Million EPC with Trane
The University of Central Missouri has embarked on a 24-month, $36.1 million project that will radically reduce energy consumption and the university's carbon footprint on the Warrensburg, Mo. campus. Following an investment grade audit of campus facilities to identify conservation measures, the university's board in April 2009 approved the energy performance contract with Trane to guide the renovation and upgrade of campus buildings.

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Siemens Building Technologies Awarded $7 Million Contract at Pensacola Naval Air Station
Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. has been awarded a five-year, $7 million contract to maintain and optimize the building automation systems for the Navy at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. The Advantage Services agreement, which provides five full-time operators and service technicians, covers control systems managing and monitoring the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting, utilities, fire safety and other mechanical systems at the Mainside, Saufley Field, Corry Station and Naval Hospital buildings on the base.

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Company News

 
Kevin W. Billings Joins Lockheed Martin Energy Team
Lockheed Martin announced the addition of Kevin W. Billings to its Energy Services team. As Director of Federal Energy Efficiency Programs, Billings will support business development and program operations related to Lockheed Martin's pursuit of Federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts.

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Retro-Tech Systems Expands its Sales and Engineering Teams
Retro-Tech Systems added Peter Brown and John Anderson to its RTS sales and engineering team. Brown will be focusing his attention on ESCO sales throughout the Midwest Region of the United States and Anderson will be focusing on lighting design and engineering for the company's ESCO partners.

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Siemens Building Technologies: Committed to a Greener, Sustainable Future
As part of Siemens Building Technologies' commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility, the company has been applying to its own business operations the energy efficiency and green building sustainability practices that it offers its customers. In the summer of 2007, the Siemens Building Technologies Internal Sustainability Committee was created to make sustainability part of the strategic mission of the entire organization. Representatives from executive, marketing, product design, procurement, manufacturing, facilities and human resources began to examine all aspects of Siemens Building Technologies' operations to understand first what measures might be taken immediately to promote sustainability, and then look at longer term possibilities to ensure that the company's commitment remained relevant and delivered value to the organization, its people, customers and the community going forward.

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Lakeland, Florida Receives Trane Energy Efficiency Leader Award
To recognize its commitment to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship, the city of Lakeland, Florida has earned the "Trane Energy Efficiency Leader in Municipal Government Award" for its sustainable energy and operational efficiency improvements.

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Wendel Energy Services Receives Pennsylvania ESCO Certification
Wendel Energy Services has received their qualification from the Pennsylvania Department of General Services as a Certified Energy Service Company (ESCO) for Guaranteed Energy Savings Projects. The certification permits WES to perform energy savings performance based contracts for Pennsylvania Commonwealth facilities.

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ConEdison Solutions Subsidiary, BGA, Inc., Honored by United States Postal Service
BGA, Inc., a subsidiary of ConEdison Solutions, has earned a Supplier Excellence Award under the 2008 United States Postal Service Supplier Performance Awards Program. The award recognizes companies designated as "key suppliers" that demonstrate "outstanding supply chain management performance" and maintain "positive business relationships" with the Postal Service.

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Comfort Systems USA Energy Services Opens Little Rock Office
Comfort Systems USA Energy Services, a subsidiary of Comfort Systems USA, has opened an office in Little Rock, Arkansas. In addition to providing direct support on Energy Services projects and complementing existing resources of Comfort Systems USA Energy Services, the Little Rock office offers energy consulting for customers with emphasis on green buildings, sustainability project management, energy modeling, energy audits, energy savings measurement and verification, turn-key energy projects, existing building commissioning, new construction commissioning and energy procurement consulting.

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