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June 2011

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NAESCO welcomes the following new members:

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Featured Articles

Interview with Sam Gomberg, the Tennessee Valley Energy Policy Manager for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
 

As the Tennessee Valley Energy Policy Manager for the Knoxville-based Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), Sam Gomberg engages with TVA, the Valley's public utilities and state and local governments on a wide range of issues, from energy efficiency and demand response to coal plant retirements, nuclear power construction and the development of the Valley's renewable energy resources. He has a bachelor's degree in environmental science from the University of Florida, a Master's in environmental management from Duke University and a Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark School of Law. We are also pleased to be able to welcome Mr. Gomberg as a featured Speaker at the upcoming NAESCO Southeast Regional Meeting on June 23 in Nashville.

Can you elaborate on your role at SACE?
At this point, my role at SACE is really all things TVA. I was hired when TVA made some commitments to energy efficiency and demand response that SACE thought warranted further engagement of TVA in the development of energy efficiency and demand response efforts. When TVA announced its Integrated Resource Planning process, TVA created a Stakeholder Review Group to serve as a source of information and coordination throughout the Integrated Resource Plan process. Our Executive Director, Stephen Smith serves on the review group and I provide him with staff support. Since the formation of the review group, my scope has been broadened to the entire energy spectrum, from coal to renewables.

How did SACE participate in the TVA Integrated Resource Planning process?
Things changed quickly with the Kingston Coal Ash spill which broadened our scope of engagement with TVA and indirectly led to the TVA integrated resource planning process. It was something we had been pushing for a long time so it gave us a broader forum to ask for more resource planning. As a result, they established the Stakeholder Review Group which established TVA's Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process. This process did result in more aggressive energy efficiency targets for the agency.

Do you think it will result in an increased reliance on energy efficiency to meet regional energy demand?
I can say with some certainty that the IRP plan has adopted higher levels of energy efficiency and to some degree recognition by TVA that energy efficiency is a significant resource for them. I think previously TVA had viewed energy efficiency as a cost reduction resource for customers but now I think efficiency is viewed as a way to help TVA meet energy demand more effectively.

Utilities in the southeast have typically relied on an energy portfolio heavily weighted toward coal and nuclear. Do you see that changing and if so, will there be more of a commitment to energy efficiency and renewables?
Yes, I see utilities in the southeast transitioning away from coal. In TVA's case, it was a pretty easy decision because they have old coal plants they needed to upgrade in order to be EPA compliant. In several instances, it was not cost effective to upgrade plants that were already 50 years old or more.

Nuclear is different. A lot of utilities in the southeast are pushing to expand the nuclear programs but are running into serious cost issues. Back in the1970s, TVA was building several nuclear reactors at one time but only completed one or two. They are now trying to finish these reactors that have been sitting for 30 years or more. So while this may be significantly cheaper than building a modern reactor, it is still going to cost several billion dollars. As you can imagine, we also have serious concerns about restarting construction on reactors that have been pretty much abandoned for 30 or more years. Other utilizes are running into very serious cost restraints because they have to start constructing the reactors from scratch.

Even if utilities are able to figure out how to expand their nuclear programs, efficiency will play a larger role in meeting energy demand because of continued pressure to bring costs down. You will see a lot of industries and customers asking for cheaper solutions to meet demand.

Utilities are not as familiar or sophisticated when it comes to renewables so they are less likely to engage in them. Investor owned utilities don't think renewables fit into their business model. In TVA, cost is a hurdle but while we continue to see the cost of more traditional sources of energy such as coal and nuclear go up, the cost of renewables continues to come down. Even so, renewables currently can not compete with coal as long as the consumer continues to pay the environmental and human health costs of coal. Internal biases also play a huge part. Institutional biases towards traditional generation resources such as coal and nuclear, continue to influence TVA's decision making.

In your opinion, are existing state energy efficiency policies and programs adequate or is there more that policymakers should do to promote energy efficiency?
I think states could do more to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. A Renewable Energy Standard (RES) would leap the industry forward but would be difficult to pass in a state like Tennessee where electricity remains relatively inexpensive. However, there are a lot of smaller initiatives states could promote to increase efficiency. For example, states could allow public buildings to consider societal benefits and energy savings in the RFP process.

There is a role the government has in engaging the utilities to promote efficiency. States have to work with private utilities in a way that recognizes that efficiency takes a lot of initial investment, but saves significant amounts of money over the long term.

Do you think the energy efficiency industry has potential for growth in the southeast?
I suspect that over the next 5-10 years, you will see an accelerating rise in energy efficiency. It is one of those things that the more people use it as a resource, the more excited they get about it. As soon as large projects achieve savings, you will see an increase in public recognition. It starts a momentum. I am hopeful and would anticipate that over the next 5-7 years that curve on energy efficiency will get steeper and steeper. ESCOs will play a large role because their projects achieve high levels of energy savings.

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NAESCO Updates

New Members

NAESCO welcomes the following new members.

Bekaert Specialty Films LLC. - Energy Service Affiliate Member - Headquartered in San Diego, Bekaert Specialty Films is a market leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of specialty films for use in solar control and safety window films, and industrial applications.

HanitaTek Window Films - Associate Energy Service Affiliate Member - Located in Dallas, Texas, HanitaTek works with ESCOs to provide turn-key installed kW and kWh solutions utilizing Hanita Coatings Window Films. Hanita Coatings leverages 20 years of experience in metalizing, laminating and chemical coating to build a compact, consistent and innovative window film line.

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Upcoming NAESCO Events
 

Southeast Regional Meeting
June 23, 2011
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Nashville, TN

Northeast Regional Meeting
September 19, 2011
Con Edison Building
New York, NY

2011 Annual Meeting
November 1-2, 2011
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
San Diego, CA

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NAESCO Advocacy Report

The full version is posted on the NAESCO Members Only Site, which can be accessed here.

NAESCO Advocacy work in 2011 has shifted away from the effort in 2010 to enact comprehensive national climate and energy legislation to supporting the achievement of more modest federal goals --

  • Supporting work on the acceleration of the use of federal ESPCs
  • Monitoring EPA GHG rules that may promote EE as a compliance strategy
  • Monitoring federal budget for FY11 and FY 12 to support adequate funding for energy efficiency programs like FEMP
  • Monitoring federal energy legislation which we expect to take the form of small bills promoting bits and pieces of previously introduced energy bills that were never enacted

And a still greater focus on state ESPC programs and large-scale incentive programs for energy efficiency --

  • Educating the 29 new governors and their staffs about the economic benefits of aggressively supporting large scale public buildings ESPC programs;
  • Supporting the adoption of an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard in states where there is no existing standard and protecting the EERS in states where there are political threats, as well as strongly advocating for energy efficiency programs that establish EE as first resource; and,
  • Pushing the state and utility EE program administrators for energy efficiency set asides and program designs that emphasize ESPC programs.

Federal Advocacy Activities
The general consensus is that the Congress will not consider comprehensive climate and energy legislation in 2011. There is, however, significant federal action on budget and administrative issues that will affect ESCOs. NAESCO has been active in providing the industry voice on these issues.

Federal ESPC
NAESCO hosted its annual Federal Workshop in mid-March, and once again hosted a sellout crowd. Tim Unruh, the new FEMP Program Manager, spoke of the new opportunities created by the introduction of the streamlined new federal ESPC procurement procedures.

Federal Budget
The new Republican majority in the House is determined to significantly cut the federal budget, especially domestic discretionary programs. The FY 2011 budget cut the US DOE EERE (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) budget by about $400 million from the FY 2101 appropriation. The FY 2012 budget, which has passed the House and is pending in the Senate, cuts about $800 million from the FY 2010 level.

Federal Energy Legislation
After Congress' failure to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation in the last session, NAESCO did not expect the introduction of any significant federal energy legislation this year. The recent-run-up in gas prices, however, as well as ongoing interest in modifying existing energy policy in the Senate, is leading to the introduction of several bills that, if enacted, would spur energy efficiency investments. The Senate legislation includes the following bills, among others:

  • Shaheen (D-NH) - Portman (R-OH)
  • Bingaman (D-NM) - Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Carper (D-DE)
  • Lugar (R-IN)

Federal Regulatory Issues
NAESCO has also been involved in two pending regulatory changes that would significantly impact the ESCO industry if enacted in their current form.

  • Proposed Changes to FASB 13
  • Municipal Advisor Registration Requirement under the Dodd-Frank Act

State Advocacy Activities
NAESCO has been an active member of the State Energy Efficiency Action Project as well as working aggressively in several states during the second quarter of 2011, to defend existing ESPC programs and energy efficiency funds, and to expand the use of ESPC in states that have historically not had aggressive programs. In our strategic planning for 2011, we did not anticipate the extent of the pushback against ESPC, and so have spent far more resources on defending existing ESPC programs than we planned.

California
California, the largest market for ESPC in the country, has four ongoing issues on which NAESCO has been working.

  1. SB-118
  2. Gas Surcharge Funds
  3. Custom Measures EM&V
  4. Bridge Year Programs

Georgia
NAESCO is monitoring the development of the rules for the new state ESPC program, which was approved by Georgia voters with a Constitutional Amendment last November. The development process is slower than we had hoped, but appears to now be reaching a conclusion. We anticipate that the program will start this summer.

New York
There are two significant programs underway in New York planning proceedings underway in New York in which NAESCO is actively participating.

  1. NYSERDA SBC IV Planning
  2. NYC Schools Retrofits

Michigan
After several years of work by NAESCO and the ESC, Michigan announced its first round of ESPC projects - three state prison facilities - earlier this year. Shortly thereafter, the new Governor began to reorganize that Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG), and unfortunately in that process the ESPC "champion" was let go. We think this is a major setback for the program, and are now working with Michigan ESCOs to determine how we can convince Governor Snyder to see ESPC as a major program for economic growth in the state.

New Jersey
The state appears to be in the midst of a major re-thinking of its energy policy, which for the last decade has emphasized energy efficiency and renewables. The foundation of state energy policy is the Energy Master Plan, which has been delayed through the first half of the year, with the postponement of two rounds of scheduled public hearings on a draft Plan. NAESCO is monitoring the situation to determine where and when we might best get involved.

Pennsylvania
As in Michigan (see above), the new Governor of Pennsylvania has reorganized the Department of General Services that houses the ESPC program, called the Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement (GESA). The GESA program staff was reduced from eight to two and the program "champion" was let go.

Maine
Legislation was introduced in Maine this spring similar to the legislation in California - the ability of ESCOs to negotiated ESPC projects with school districts would have been replaced with a mandatory proposal format the focused on low price, not best value. NAESCO worked with a group of ESCOs to amend the legislation and restore the focus of ESPC project development to best value for the school district.

Connecticut
Connecticut's new Governor has decided to make energy efficiency in public buildings into a Lead by Example (LBE) program for the state. Working state-based energy efficiency and environmental organizations, the Governor's staff is exploring what combination of new ESPC legislation, Executive Orders and/or administrative action will be the most effective. NAESCO is involved in this process, working to educate the Governor's staff and the EE and environmental groups about he best way to stimulate ESPC programs. NAESCO presented the keynote address at the statewide LBE conference on May 26.

Massachusetts
NAESCO continues to work with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to try to accelerate the implementation of ESPC in state and local government facilities in order to meet the state's aggressive energy efficiency goals. DOER has recently issued a new set of guidance documents for local government ESPC projects, and NAESCO is commenting on those documents and meeting with DOER program managers.


Industry News

IEA Report Finds Building Energy Consumption Can Be Cut 33%
According to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), dramatic energy savings could be achieved rapidly if policies which promote energy efficient heating and cooling technologies are adopted. According to the report, implementing solar thermal, combined heat and power, heat-pump, and thermal energy storage systems could reduce fossil fuels' share in building space and water heating between 5% and 20% by 2050. The Agency figures these technologies could cut carbon emissions roughly one-quarter of today's current building emissions in the next 40 years.

New public policy is critical, in the IEA's opinion, because it can circumvent the widespread market barriers currently standing in the way of the deployment of low-carbon heating and cooling equipment. The report explains that if those purchasing heating and cooling equipment are not given adequate incentives they are not likely to purchase the more efficient technology. The IEA's roadmap highlights four areas where policy support is critical:

  • Increased funding for technology research, development, and deployment.
  • Improved information for analyzing the energy and carbon savings of heating and cooling technologies as well as their life-cycle financial benefits.
  • New policies to transform the sector and increase the low up-take of energy efficient and low carbon heating and cooling technologies.
  • Greater international collaboration and research and development of low carbon heating and cooling technologies.

If strong policy is implemented, the IEA sees the number of installed residential heat pumps growing more than four times by 2050, increasing from today's 800 million to 3.5 billion. Additionally, solar thermal capacity would grow by a factor of 25, while combined heat and power systems would increase 45 fold. Finally, by 2050, more than half of all space heating and hot water systems could be equipped with thermal energy storage, allowing buildings the ability to store excess energy.

To download a copy of the report, entitled Technology Roadmaps - Energy-efficient Buildings: Heating and Cooling Equipment, click here.

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Deloitte Study Finds Recession Driving New Era Of Energy Diligence, New Domestic Energy Roadmap
A new study from Deloitte shows the emergence of a diligent new attitude toward energy consumption in the United States. According to the study, 52 percent of companies are working to reduce their energy costs by 25 percent on average over the next two to three years.

Concurrently, an increasingly sophisticated consumer demographic is looking for household savings in a tight economy. According to the study, 68 percent of consumers are taking extra steps to cut their electric bills because of the recession.

The Deloitte study shows the almost 70 percent of consumers reduced their electricity bills during the recession and 95 percent said they do not intend to increase their electricity use even as the economy improves. The Deloitte survey also shows that cost consciousness and social awareness are the twin drivers behind corporate energy management, with 70 percent of companies reporting the desire to cut costs as a driver behind their energy management goals, and more than half saying that their companies have set energy-related goals at least in part because it is "the right thing to do."

The study, reSources 2011, conducted by Deloitte with strategy and market research firm, The Harrison Group, polled 3,200 household decision-makers and more than 400 business decision-makers responsible for their company's energy decisions or energy policy. To access the report, click here.

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Survey Concludes Business Rate Energy Efficiency Positively But Put Off By Costs
According to a survey by Johnson Controls, businesses are increasingly drawn to the cost savings delivered by improving the energy efficiency of buildings but are put off by the capital expense. The respondents ranked cost savings as the most important factor in making decisions on energy efficiency, but incentives from government and utilities are now the second most influential factor. The majority of business leaders also believe that national policies mandating energy efficiency or carbon reductions will be enacted over the next two years.

Efficiency improvements are still hampered by a lack of funding and technical expertise, found the survey. The survey indicates that where businesses can tap into external funding, they successfully undertake projects, such as improvements to HVAC systems, windows and roofs, which bring deeper energy savings. External funding from financial institutions, utilities and other sources also encourages the implementation of smart building technologies and on-site renewables.

Johnson Controls surveyed over 850 business leaders in six countries, including France, Germany and the UK, as part of its Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey. To access the survey, click here.

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Economic Opportunities And Environmental Benefits Identified In The Intersection Between Energy And Water
A panel of national experts on energy and water efficiency including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) has developed a blueprint for realizing the economic and environmental benefits to the nation from a combined approach towards more efficient water and energy systems. As much as a fifth of the nation's electricity goes toward sourcing, moving, treating, heating, collecting, re-treating, and disposing of potable water. Estimates from the U.S. Geological Survey suggest as much as 50% of the nation's water goes toward producing thermoelectric electricity. The blueprint outlines eight action steps that could lead to future economic opportunities and environmental benefits through using energy and water more efficiently. Some of the action steps include:

  • Increase the level of collaboration between the water and energy communities in planning and implementing programs.
  • Achieve a deeper understanding of the energy embedded in water and the water embedded in energy.
  • Learn from and replicate best practice integrated energy-water efficiency programs.
  • Integrate water into energy research efforts and vice versa
  • Separate water utility revenues from unit sales, and consider regulatory structures that provide an incentive for investing in end-use water and energy efficiency.
  • Leverage existing and upcoming voluntary standards that address the energy-water nexus.
  • Implement codes and mandatory standards that address the energy-water nexus.
  • Pursue education and awareness opportunities for various audiences and stakeholders.

To see the blueprint, entitled A Blueprint for Action and Policy Agenda, click here.

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Department Of Energy Releases 2011 Strategic Plan
The Department of Energy recently released its 2011 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency's core mission of ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The five-year strategic plan sets some ambitious goals. Goals included:

  • Doubling renewable energy generation (excluding conventional hydropower and biopower) by 2012
  • Developing efficiency standards and test procedures to address at least 75% of the energy used in the building sector
  • Installing more than 1,000 synchrophasor measurement units by 2013
  • Deploying more than 26 million smart meters in American homes and businesses by 2013 reducing utility-scale energy storage costs 30% by 2015

With regard to energy efficiency, the DOE and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will work together to enable the cost-effective energy retrofits of a total of 1.1 million housing units by the end of fiscal year 2013. To download the plan, click here.

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New ACEEE Paper Finds State Governments Enabling Local Efficiency Initiatives
A new white paper released by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) finds that recognizing the economic and environmental benefits of energy-efficient buildings and transportation can help both states and localities attain broader policy goals. A growing number of states are collaborating and leveraging their resources to advance energy efficiency at the community level. In some cases, states have created comprehensive programs that tie financial incentives to local government actions based on specific state recommendations or technical assistance. A handful of states have also developed comprehensive community energy programs, which offer technical assistance, financial incentives, and energy services to advance energy efficiency across numerous sectors at the local level.

Additionally, the report finds that states can enact legislative or regulatory policies for actions such as requiring certain energy efficiency measures in schools. Several states have embraced the protocol for new school construction or substantial renovation established by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). New York and Massachusetts have developed state-specific protocols of CHPS and the Northeast states (ME, VT, NH, RI, and CT) have adopted Northeast-CHPS as their protocol. Rhode Island mandates NE-CHPS for all new school construction, and New Hampshire will reimburse municipalities for the cost of building to schools that comply with NE-CHPS. The Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol is the state's benchmark for design and construction of high performance schools.

A copy of the white paper, How States Enable Local Governments to Advance Energy Efficiency can be downloaded here.

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Member Projects

Ameresco Unveils Innovative Wastewater Biogas-to-Energy Facility In Dallas
Ameresco, Inc. and the city of Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) announced the completion of an innovative biogas energy recovery facility. The new wastewater biogas plant, which will generate electricity and thermal load to power DWU's facilities, is expected to save the City at least $1.5 million annually and offset approximately 60 percent of the electricity that the DWU currently pulls from the grid. Ameresco was chosen to design, build and operate the plant, which is designed with a capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of over 3,500 passenger vehicles a year of carbon dioxide emissions or the electricity use equivalent of over 2,500 homes for one year. DWU is one of the first wastewater utilities in the United States to recycle biogas energy.

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Boston Partners With Ameresco On $63 Million Energy Efficiency Project
The City of Boston and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently partnered with Ameresco on a $63 million energy efficiency project at Boston Housing Authority (BHA) facilities The BHA recently entered into an Energy Performance Contract with Ameresco to implement integrated water and energy conservation measures valued in excess of $63 million. The project will affect approximately 4,300 apartments in 13 federal developments throughout the City of Boston and is expected to save the taxpayers more than $56 million over a 20-year period. Upgrades will include replacing water closets, showerheads and faucet aerators, installing energy efficient lighting, converting electric heat to gas, upgrading or replacing old central heating plants, installing co-generation and a rooftop photovoltaic electric system, Energy Star rated fiberglass windows, high reflective "cool" roof membrane and healthy apartment improvements. An extensive resident education, training, and employment program will complement and reinforce the program over the life of the project.

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Chevron Energy Solutions and San Dieguito Union High School District Announce Completion of 2MW Solar Project
Chevron Energy Solutions and San Dieguito Union High School District in California announced the completion of a 2MW solar project, which is expected to save the district more than $10 million in energy savings over the life of the project. The solar project is producing approximately 70 percent of the electricity required at Canyon Crest Academy and La Costa Canyon High School. By reducing its purchase of utility power, the district is reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 2,200 metric tons, equivalent to removing more than 400 cars from the road. Chevron Energy Solutions designed, built, operates, maintains, measures and guarantees the solar system's performance for the district. The cost of the project was offset by more than $4.7 million obtained as a rebate from the California Solar Initiative and other funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Chevron Energy Solutions and Morgan Hill Unified School District Announce Completion of Solar Project to Save District Funds
Chevron Energy Solutions and the Morgan Hill Unified School District in California announced the completion of a solar program, which provides energy savings and solar education. The program includes a 2.1 MW solar project that is expected to save more than $8 million and offset approximately 80 percent of the combined utility energy demand for two high schools. The district anticipates it will reduce its purchase of utility power and in turn, reduce carbon emissions by 1,900 metric tons, equivalent to the carbon sequestered annually by approximately 375 acres of trees. Chevron Energy Solutions designed, built, operates, maintains, measures and guarantees the solar system's performance for the district.

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Chevron Energy Solutions Announces Completion of Hawaii's Largest Solar Parking Canopy Project
Chevron Energy Solutions, Oceanic Time Warner Cable and Tioga Energy unveiled an 856-kilowatt solar system at Oceanic Time Warner Cable's Mililani Tech Park. The completed project is the largest solar parking canopy project in Hawaii. Chevron Energy Solutions designed, engineered and constructed the solar project that includes solar photovoltaic panels on two buildings and parking canopies. Tioga Energy provided financing services for the project, and will own and operate the installations for the 20-year duration of its solar power purchase agreement (PPA). Tioga will sell the electricity generated by the system back to Oceanic Time Warner Cable at predictable rates less than those of the local utility. By reducing the purchase of utility power, the project is expected to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to the carbon sequestered annually by more than 225 acres of trees. Under the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, the state seeks to generate 70 percent of its power from clean energy by 2030.

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Honeywell International Awarded A $213 Million ESPC with FDA
The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $213 million Energy Savings Performance Contract with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration White Oak Federal Research Center. The task order is the largest awarded under the ESPC program since it began more than a decade ago. This project will make the FDA research center in Silver Spring, Maryland a model of energy efficiency, by helping save more than 5.5 trillion BTU over the twenty-year life of the project, this is equivalent to the energy delivered to over 134,000 homes for a year. In the first year alone, the project will save more than $25 million in energy and avoided operations and maintenance costs. The contract, awarded by the General Services Administration (GSA) to Honeywell International, will use avoided energy costs to leverage private-sector investment to pay for the $213 million project, which will support the equivalent of 2,300 jobs for a year.

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NYSERDA Invests $20 million In Combined Heat And Power Projects
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will invest $20 million in combined heat and power generation projects to improve energy efficiency at 19 hospitals, paper mills, supermarkets, apartment complexes and other facilities in New York City and upstate. Funding for the projects will leverage an additional $68 million in private investment toward the cost of buying and installing the technology, which generates on-site electricity while also making use of the heat created during generation. The NYSERDA incentive pays between 30 to 50 percent of the cost of a CHP project, up to $2 million. Most of the projects approved in this program burn natural gas, but do so much more efficiently than conventional electric-generation techniques. Several upstate projects under this program will be fueled by sustainably-harvested biomass consisting of wood chips. The projects vary in scope. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan will install a $4.6 million system to provide both power and heat to the famous decommissioned aircraft carrier that is now one of the city's leading tourist attractions. On a smaller scale, a variety of condominium projects in the city are converting to CHP to heat and electrify the buildings. The largest CHP projects include a hotel on NYC's Madison Avenue and two North Country paper mills that will use wood chips to generate electricity.

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Grocers Can Go Green And Save Green With Support From NYSERDA
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced a new initiative to help New York grocers, supermarkets, food co-ops and convenience stores reduce their energy use and operating costs. The Green Grocer Initiative will partner grocers with NYSERDA technical consultants to collaborate on innovative energy efficiency solutions, including upgrades to or replacement of inefficient refrigeration equipment, coolers and cases. NYSERDA incentives help offset the purchase and installation costs for electric and gas efficiency upgrades. Innovative approaches to energy conservation, including renewable energy technologies and equipment to improve water conservation, also will be supported through this initiative. Last year, NYSERDA commercial and industrial efficiency programs supported more than 2,800 projects statewide that helped reduce operating costs at businesses by $40 million. NYSERDA's FlexTech, Existing Facilities, and New Construction Programs form the basis of the offerings that will be promoted through the Green Grocer initiative.

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Siemens to Help Bridgeport Housing Authority Implement Largest Single Energy Efficiency Investment in Connecticut Public Housing History
Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., working in conjunction with the Bridgeport (CT) Housing Authority (BHA) implemented approximately $20 million in energy efficiency and other improvements to single- and multi-unit public housing throughout the BHA system. Energy and resource efficiency upgrades will be implemented at six major BHA complexes and at more than 500 scattered sites, covering some 2,500 units. Siemens provided project management and directed the implementation of projects, including replacing old, inefficient boilers, lighting, steam traps and refrigerators; installing sensor-activated exterior security lights; implementing a wireless building automation system at six BHA sites, providing real-time temperature readings via the Internet; and replacing inefficient windows throughout many units. The energy efficiency work will provide $1.3 million annually in guaranteed energy savings and reduce electricity by 35 percent, natural gas by 24 percent and water consumption by 45 percent.

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Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority(SC) And Siemens Launch Landfill Gas to Energy Project
Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority and Siemens Building Technologies launched a major landfill-gas-to-energy project that will support economic development and cleaner air in Aiken County, SC. This renewable energy project will capture methane gas naturally generated within the Three Rivers Regional landfill and transport it through a 15- mile pipeline to a manufacturing facility where it will be used to produce steam for the production of Kimberly-Clark's products. The annual reduction of greenhouse gases attributable to this project has the same effect as removing 41,000 cars from the road, reducing oil consumption by more than 500,000 barrels, or planting nearly 59,000 acres of forest, as calculated by the US Environmental Protection Agency's Landfill Methane Outreach Program.

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Siemens Helps DeSoto County(FL) Board Of Supervisors Reduce Energy, Utility Costs With Critical Infrastructure Improvements
The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors engaged Siemens Industry, Inc., to provide critical infrastructure improvements, helping reduce the energy and utility costs associated with operating the facilities The $ 6.2 million energy-efficiency project included comprehensive lighting upgrades, building water fixture upgrades, HVAC efficiency improvements, a 600-ton chiller plant and an energy management system which Siemens estimates will save $143,000 in average annual operational savings, resulting from capital cost avoidance of mechanical upgrades. Additionally Siemens estimates energy and utility savings of 2.5 million KWh of electricity, 34,456 CCF of Natural gas and 4,429 kgal of water.

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University of Central Missouri Partnering With Trane Completes Energy Saving Improvements
The University of Central Missouri in partnership with Trane recently completed $36.1 million in campus-wide energy saving infrastructure upgrades, which resolved $20.1 million in deferred maintenance. The upgrades, which will be funded directly from energy savings and related costs, are expected to save more than $735,000 in annual energy costs. The improvements are expected to generate a 31 percent reduction in annual energy and maintenance costs and reduce CO2 emissions by 7,541 metric tons. This is equivalent to removing 1,381 passenger vehicles from the road. To avoid future deferred maintenance challenges, the improvements included installation of state-of-the-art infrastructure systems, staff training on how to operate the less time-intensive systems and a 15-year maintenance agreement. Key upgrades completed at UCM include the replacement of the outdated power plant and boiler system with a green, sustainable geothermal heat pump system and the addition of 150 geothermal wells for high efficiency heating and cooling of three main campus buildings.

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Wendel Energy Services Begins Construction For The City Of Beacon
Wendel Energy Services and the city of Beacon, New York are beginning construction on a $3.7 million energy efficiency project which will generate energy and operational savings of $5.7 million over its life. Wendel will implement a broad array of energy conservation measures and process improvements including pump and motor upgrades at water and wastewater treatment facilities as well as HVAC controls and building envelope improvements city-wide. In support of Beacon's role as a Climate Smart Community, the measures and improvements are expected to reduce the City's energy costs by approximately 30% as well as a lowered carbon footprint of 864 metric tons of CO2 annually. This is the equivalent of removing 169 cars from the road each year or planting 22,142 trees.

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Member News

Osram Sylvania Adds Solid State Lighting Fixtures To Its Portfolio
Osram Sylvania announced plans to offer a comprehensive portfolio of energy-efficient lighting fixtures for commercial and residential use. The SYLVANIA fixture line is the latest expansion of the company’s solid state lighting portfolio, which includes LED modules, power supplies, controls, lighting services and the number one line of LED retrofits in North America. Featuring solid-state light sources and streamlined design, the introductory SYLVANIA fixture line includes luminaires for outdoor, hospitality and residential applications that will save up to 80 percent of the energy used by fixtures using traditional light sources. Technological integration and convergence in fixtures is one of the many ways solid state lighting is transforming the lighting market from its traditional lamp-ballast and fixture approach.

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NYSERDA Announces Benchmarking Initiative To Help Commercial And Multifamily Building Owners Reduce Energy Use, Control Costs
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) launched a pilot to help the commercial building sector and multifamily buildings reduce their energy use, save on operating costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Under the FlexTech Benchmarking Pilot, eligible customers will receive energy benchmarking and onsite energy assessments that will provide recommendations on low-cost building system upgrades. Benchmarking can be a gateway to engaging in energy efficiency and can enable building owners, property managers and facility operators to better understand and manage energy consumption. It will also help applicable New York City facilities comply with Local Law 84, a component of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan that requires building owners to benchmark energy consumption. The pilot augments traditional NYSERDA FlexTech incentives by providing commercial, industrial and institutional applicants up to $7,000 in benchmarking services per site with no cost-share. For larger projects, the costs above $7,000 will be shared by NYSERDA and the applicant. Multifamily applicants may receive up to $3,000 in benchmarking services per site with no cost-share. Commercial, industrial and institutional facilities equal to or greater than 50,000 square-feet that pay into the electric System Benefits Charge are eligible to participate in the pilot program.

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