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August 2011

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Interview with Greg Hale, Senior Financial Policy Specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Center for Market Innovation
 

Greg Hale is a Senior Financial Policy Specialist at NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation, where he focuses on developing a large-scale private sector financing market for energy efficiency building retrofits. He works with various financial institutions, governmental entities, property owners and non-profit organizations to help develop and scale-up innovative financing mechanisms in the efficiency retrofit marketplace. His work also includes advocacy for energy efficiency leasing practices. Prior to joining CMI, he spent 17 years in the real estate industry, first as a real estate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and then as co-owner and general counsel of Cirque Property L.C., a real estate investment company that acquired, financed and managed a substantial portfolio of properties throughout the western United States. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and The University of Michigan Law School.

Can you describe your current role at the NRDC and how you came to work there?
I have a background in real estate, both on the legal side and investing. I took a few years off from the business sector and when I came back I wanted to find a way to utilize my background and experience in an environment that promotes sustainability. I have been a long time member of NRDC and when this position opened it, I felt it was a great opportunity to use my skills while advancing the environmental cause. I am working with the Center for Market Innovation, one of the newer programs which is very market focused. This program is different from other NRDC initiatives in that it is less oriented towards policy and more focused on implementation strategies. We are looking at the retrofit market and indentifying the factors that are holding it back and how was can solve those issues. We are currently working with the private sector and the New York City Mayor’s office to come up with clauses in commercial leases that help further energy efficiency in a way that benefits both the owner and the tenant.

What initiatives are you working on right now?
There are two efforts; one involves the NRDC Lease Principles which are the result of the Green Lease Forum which NRDC hosted two years ago. It consisted of a broad group of stakeholders: owners, tenants, NGOs etc. coming together to talk about the split incentive issue and how you address efficiency in the lease process. The result of that conversation is the NRDC Lease Principles which are three broad principles that evenly distribute the cost benefits of efficiency upgrades among the tenants and owners and increases the transparency of energy savings. The Forum also recommended different implementation strategies for these principles. The Lease Forum stopped short of trying to develop specific language because we were trying to come up with something that is applicable around the country. We have collaborated with the Environmental Defense Fund and Cycle Seven to develop a training curriculum about the principles with an emphasis on the split incentive and how we can solve that. We are sending this out to tenants and brokers.

The second effort involves the NY City Mayor’s Office. In New York, we decided to come up with one specific approach to address the split incentive. We created the Energy Aligned Lease Task Force which consisted of owners, tenants and property managers who created specific language for the split incentive. One of the big stumbling blocks was that building owners didn’t want to commit to an M&V processes to ensure that the efficiency retrofits performed as expected. The tenants thought it wasn’t fair because without M &V the risk of under performance was shifted to them. We solved this problem by using projections by an independent engineer and including a buffer of 20% to protect the residents from under performance and also allow owners to pass through the capital expense of efficiency upgrades.

What are the long term goals of these programs?
We are trying to get rid of the split incentive barrier- and by getting rid of that, we expect that green leases will become more mainstream. We are working on new premises that will transform the lease process in a way that promotes energy efficiency.

What do you think are the main obstacles in reaching these goals?
Right now, owners and tenants don’t realize the full value of efficiency. I think we need to get to a point where both owners and tenants realize that retrofits both increase revenues and reduce operating expenses. From the tenant’s perspective, if there are energy savings in their space, they should be focused on indoor environmental quality because they can get a large benefit to their human resources by increasing the productivity of staff. The mental and physical health benefits that result from efficiency upgrades can be hard to quantity but can be extremely compelling to their bottom line. Likewise on the owner side, we want them to view the upgrades to common spaces and the building envelope as making them more competitive. As tenants demand efficiency, owners will see that they are necessary in order to increase occupancy. We have a couple of initiatives driving that right now. I think the evidence is mounting that this is happening.

Do you think that “green leases” will become mainstream in the next 10 years?
I think they will. If they don’t, it will be frustrating because we have put a lot effort into putting this information together and distributing it to stakeholders. At the Clinton Climate Initiative in June, we made a commitment to sign up as many owners and tenants that we can to make a pledge to work together to optimize energy savings and part of that is adopting our language for their lease structure. So now we are recruiting people in DC and NY to do that.

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NAESCO Updates

New Members

NAESCO welcomes the following new members.

Excel Energy Group Inc. - ESCO Member - Excel Energy Solutions, LLC is a licensed, full service provider of renewable and alternative energy solutions for heating and cooling home or work space. They provide expertise and offer client-specific solutions that promote high efficiency, reduced use of fossil fuels and heating and cooling comfort.

The Fulcrum Group - ESCO Member - The Fulcrum Group is a privately owned full-service energy, facility, and construction service company headquartered in New York City. Fulcrum's energy projects are defined by their unconventional strategies that use operational and capital realities to achieve inordinate savings not possible through the typical one-size-fits-all equipment replacements. Fulcrum does not treat any two client buildings the same; it makes our work more challenging, but it provides our clients with optimal solutions. In addition to being a member of NAESCO, Fulcrum is also a New York Power Authority Energy Implementation Contractor, a ConEd Commercial and Industrial Energy Market Partner, and an EPA Combined Heat and Power Team Partner.

M360 Energy - ESCO Member - M360 is a new company of energy professionals, focusing on providing energy solutions, performance contracting, project financing, design build construction, build-own-operate capability, and power purchase agreements. M360 demonstrates and delivers innovative and cost competitive solutions that provide unmatched value and exceed customer expectations, such as HVAC improvements, lighting upgrades, water conservation, renewable/distrusted energy, utility purchase agreements, operations and maintenance efficiency, and building automation upgrades.

MK Technologies Corporation - Associate Energy Affiliate Member - MK Technologies provides total engineering solutions, encompassing engineering, product design, analysis, MCAD implementation and mentoring, prototyping and contract management. MK Technologies has one of the most extensive qualified databases of exclusive MCAD and engineering resources in the country. MK Technologies is an engineering firm delivering highly skilled and qualified professionals to industrial and governmental clients.

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Upcoming NAESCO Events
 

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
    • NAESCO has recently been awarded a subcontract, through the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to provide technical assistance to FEMP to assist FEMP to expand the scope of ESCO projects so that the projects can realize more savings, and to assist FEMP in addressing some of the persistent barriers to performance contracting within federal government agencies.
  • Monitoring federal budget for FY11 and FY 12 to support adequate funding for energy efficiency programs like FEMP
    • The recently enacted legislation that raises the federal debt ceiling will result in approximately $100 billion in cuts to federal discretionary spending each year for the next decade. We expect that some of these cuts will come from programs that are important to the ESCO industry, such as the US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs and the US EPA programs to curtail air pollution. The FY 2011 budget cut the US DOE EERE (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) budget by about $400 million from the FY 2010 appropriation.
  • Monitoring federal energy legislation, which is in the form of small bills promoting bits and pieces of previously introduced comprehensive energy bills that were not enacted. Bills have been introduced by Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-OH), Bingaman (D-NM) and Murkowski (R-AK), Carper (D-DE), Klobuchar (D-MN), Lugar (R-IN).

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

  • Defending ESPC legislation and programs that are under attack in California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maine;
  • Ensuring the continued funding of utility and state energy efficiency incentives that enhance ESCO projects in states with major ESCO markets:
    • California, where the funding for gas EE programs has been diverted for FY12, the M&V for custom measures installed by ESCOs is under revision, and the funding and program continuity for the 2013 is being debated.
    • New York, where the structure and funding for the System Benefits Charge is up for renewal and New York City is embarking on a program to remove PCBs in 700 school buildings that could set a precedent for the country.
    • Georgia, where the state is launching its performance contracting program for state buildings, as authorized by the Constitutional amendment passed in 2010.
    • New Jersey, where the state’s Energy Master Plan is under review by an influential Republican Governor, who also intends to withdraw the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
    • Michigan, where the ESCO industry is mobilizing to convince new Republican Governor that the state performance contracting program, which took almost three years to launch, should be aggressively expanded.
    • Massachusetts, where NAESCO continues to work with the state to ensure that ESCOs are able to expand their ability to help the state meet its aggressive energy savings goals.
  • Advocating for state and utility energy savings monitoring and verification (M&V) rules and protocols in the leading states (New York and California) that are workable and that recognize the full value that customers realize from ESCO projects.

Industry News

Clean Economy Jobs Grow in Most Major U.S. Cities, Study Reveals
The clean economy is fueling industry and job creation in almost every major city in America according to a recent study released by the Brookings Institute. Environmentally focused products and services now account for 2.7 million jobs more than the fossil fuel industry with three-fourths of the newest jobs based in the nation's largest metropolitan areas, the report said.

According to the Brookings-Battelle research initiative, the New York metropolitan area, covering New York City, Northern New Jersey and Long Island, had the most clean economy jobs of any other metro area in 2010, with more than 150,000 positions. Further upstate in Albany, nearly one in 15 jobs, over 28,000 positions, are based in the clean economy, due largely to the presence of General Electric and the state government. The Los Angeles area came in second overall, with nearly 90,000 clean economy jobs, while the Chicago area in Illinois, spanning parts of Indiana and Wisconsin, had close to 80,000 jobs. In terms of regional economies, the U.S. South topped the list; seven states there had at least 50,000 clean jobs each in 2010, though the West had the largest job share relative to its population size. Jobs reported in the study fell within 39 segments of five broader categories, including agricultural and natural resources conservation; education and compliance; energy and resource efficiency; greenhouse gas reduction, environmental management and recycling; and renewable energy.

The report, “Sizing the Clean Economy" is an initiative of the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., which worked with the Columbus, Ohio-based consultancy Battelle Technology Partnership Practice. To download a copy of the report, click here.

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DOE Releases Fact Sheets To Assist In Benchmarking Efficiency Improvements
The U.S. Department of Energy, in conjunction with NAESCO and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has released six fact sheets to assist American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grantees and end-users in benchmarking energy efficiency upgrade costs and expected annual savings. The fact sheets are directed at municipal, state, and federal government buildings, healthcare facilities, universities, colleges, and K-12 schools. They provide information on the typical range of project installation costs, savings, and payback times from energy retrofits completed by ESCOs..

The fact sheets provide benchmarking information for four energy retrofit strategies: major HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), minor HVAC, onsite generation, and a category for an array of other energy-efficient equipment and strategies. The performance metrics, shown graphically, are project installation cost in dollars per square foot of floor area, annual reported savings in kBtu and kWh per square foot, percentage of baseline energy saved annually, and simple payback time in years.

Download the ESCO benchmarking project fact sheets here.

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IMT Releases Major Report on Building Energy Transparency
A report released by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) offers the first-ever national review of building energy rating and disclosure policies in the United States. Over the past decade, energy performance rating and disclosure has emerged as a global policy tool to spur market demand for energy-efficient buildings and motivate building energy performance improvements, the report says. The central conclusion of this report is that best practices are rapidly emerging that can help policy implementers overcome barriers and effectively implement rating and disclosure policies.

The report states that today, more than 50 national, regional and local governments around the world have rating and disclosure policies for commercial buildings. Local governments in the United States are following suit. Within the past five years, two states and five major cities have passed policies that will affect some of the nation’s largest metropolitan real estate markets, including New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Seattle. Within these markets, the energy performance of several billion square feet of floor space in those markets and others must be benchmarked using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool and disclosed to consumers over the next few years.

This report is an outcome of the Roundtable and ongoing collaboration with Roundtable participants. To download a copy of the report, click here.

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Lighting Industry Faces Rare Earth Elements Crisis
The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently announced that China violated WTO obligations by restricting exports on raw materials, with last year’s supply at an all-time low. While the WTO’s decision does not specifically address rare earth elements, China increased export restrictions last year on more than a dozen rare earth metals. Rare earth metals are elements vital to the manufacturing of energy-efficient fluorescent lamps as they are a crucial component of the light-producing tri-phosphors inside the lamps. Currently, 95% of the world’s rare earth metal mining and oxide production comes from China where the manufacture and export of these compounds is heavily taxed and controlled.

The Chinese government has implemented new tariffs and mining regulations on rare earth materials. These actions, coupled with increasingly strict export quotas, have caused the price of these compounds to substantially increase - as much as 3500% since January of 2010 in some cases. Due to regulation, exports of rare earth materials were reduced 40% from 2009 to 2010 and another 35% during the first half of 2011 compared with the prior year. The authors of the report concluded that the China policies regarding rare earth materials must be addressed with multiple strategies in order to stabilize pricing and supply of these critical minerals.

To download a copy of the WTO report, click here.

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National Petroleum Council Study Cites Important of Energy Efficiency
The National Petroleum Council (NPC) recently released a report, Facing the Hard Truths about Energy, which cites the importance of demand reduction and energy efficiency in meeting growing U.S. energy demand. Citing projected energy demand growth of 50-60 percent by 2030, the authors of the report call for aggressive policies to moderate energy demand. The report notes growing challenges to the delivery of conventional oil and gas supplies, including increased concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, shortages of trained personnel, and the high cost of new infrastructure. At the same time, the report questions the near-term ability of other energy resources - including nuclear, coal, wind, solar, and biofuels - to replace oil and gas.

Among the report’s conclusions is that currently available, cost-effective energy-efficiency measures could reduce energy use in U.S. buildings by 15-20 percent by 2030. Recognizing the growing likelihood of national policies to address climate change, the NPC report also suggests that policies to price carbon such as carbon cap and trade or carbon taxes such as carbon cap and trade or carbon taxes - would provide greater regulatory certainty to the business community.

The report is the product of more than a year’s work by analysts and executives from the nation’s leading oil and gas companies, as well as non-industry experts such as leading energy, environmental, and consumer organizations. You can download the report here.

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Member Projects

Ameresco And Cambridge Housing Authority Partner On Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy
Ameresco, Inc. has completed the construction of the second phase of an energy performance contract with the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA). The $1.9 million project expands on a previous effort that is now expected to deliver approximately $300,000 a year in utility cost savings. The Ameresco project focuses on energy conservation measures at the 196-unit Daniel F. Burns Apartments in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The recently completed upgrades include water saving retrofits, lighting efficiency improvements, roof replacement, and installation of a new, highly efficient heat and hot water plant. The project also features a 46 kW grid-connected rooftop photovoltaic system. Ameresco began working with CHA in 1997 to convert the building’s heat and hot water from electricity to natural gas, and to implement basic energy efficiency needs in the Daniel F. Burns Apartments. Together the two phases are expected to save the equivalent of 745 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is roughly equivalent to 1,733 barrels of oil burned or 90 households powered for an entire year.

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Colorado’s Las Animas County Unveils New Energy And Water Saving Initiatives With Ameresco
Ameresco, Inc. announced that it signed an agreement with Las Animas County, Colorado to begin the implementation of a series of energy efficiency and water conserving measures at seven Las Animas County facilities valued at just over $1.1 million. The seven county facilities include the justice center, county courthouse, health department headquarters, fairgrounds grandstand, and the airport. The environmental benefits of the current work scope are expected to result in annual energy reductions equivalent to planting 1,042 trees or recycling 91 tons of waste instead of sending to landfills.

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Ameresco Quantum Partners With North Mason School District In Belfair, WA To Reduce Water Usage By Over 50 Percent
Ameresco, Inc. announced that its business unit in the Pacific Northwest, Ameresco Quantum, has decreased Belfair Elementary School’s water usage by 57.9%. As part of an ESPC, Ameresco worked with the North Mason School District to install energy efficient fixtures including toilets, urinals and faucet aerators in every lavatory in the school. The Belfair Elementary upgrades are only one part of the ESPC with Ameresco, which also included replacement of two aging boilers, a District-wide building controls retrofit, replacement of outdoor lighting systems, and other measures. Ameresco assisted the District in offsetting over 55% of the total project cost of $1,444,000 with nearly $795,000 in state grants and utility incentives. The balance of the project costs come from District funds and a loan through the Washington State Treasurer’s LOCAL program.

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Chevron Energy Solutions Announces Energy Savings Program At North Carolina Central University
Chevron Energy Solutions announced an energy efficiency and solar program at North Carolina Central University, which is expected to save the university more than $10 million over the life of the project. The energy efficiency improvements combined with a 120 panel solar thermal array is expected to reduce the university's purchase of utility power and in turn, reduce carbon emissions by more than 5,000 tons, equivalent to planting and maintaining more than 900 acres of trees. Chevron Energy Solutions has designed and is implementing energy efficiency improvements at 10 buildings. These improvements included lighting upgrades, motor replacements, variable speed drives, new premium efficiency steam boilers and stack economizers, upgrades to the aging heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, water conservation upgrades, and a project-wide energy management control system. The company also designed and is constructing a solar thermal system. The cost of the project was funded utilizing Build America Bonds and other rebates.

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Chevron Energy Solutions Implements 7.1 MW Solar and Energy Efficiency Program in K-12 Schools in CA School District
East Side Union High School District and Chevron Energy Solutions have announced the completion of construction for what the company calls the largest K-12 solar and energy efficiency program in the United States. The program is expected to generate $43 million in savings through a 7.1 MW solar and energy efficiency project on 13 sites. East Side Union High School District expects the program will offset its annual electrical usage by more than 55 percent and supports California's clean energy goals. As a result, the district expects to reduce its purchase of utility power and in turn, reduce carbon emissions by more than 4,900 metric tons, equivalent to more than 800 football fields of pine forests. In addition, Chevron Energy Solutions delivered professional development for teachers that provided curriculum and hands-on experiments aligned with state standards helping to create a living laboratory to empower environmental awareness and energy consciousness. Chevron Energy Solutions designed, constructed, operates, maintains, measures and guarantees the solar system's performance for the district. The company also engineered and installed the energy efficiency improvements at the district including lighting upgrades and installation of premium efficiency motors.

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Antelope Valley, CA Community College District And Chevron Energy Solutions Complete 1.1 MW Solar And Energy Efficiency Project To Save $25 Million
Antelope Valley Community College District and Chevron Energy Solutions announced the completion of a 1.1 megawatt solar and energy efficiency program at the district's Lancaster campus. The program is expected to save the district more than $25 million over the life of the project, including incentives from the California Solar Initiative. Antelope Valley College expects the program will offset its annual electrical utility usage by more than 50 percent and reduce carbon emissions by more than 2,400 metric tons per year, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered annually by more than 500 acres of pine forest. Chevron Energy Solutions designed, constructed, operates, maintains, measures and guarantees the solar system's performance for the district. The company also engineered and installed the energy efficiency improvements, including a new chilled water plant and energy efficiency controls, lighting upgrades and irrigation control upgrades.

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Energy Solutions Professionals Works With Pittsburg, KS State University To Improve Campus Efficiency
Pittsburg State University in Kansas is working with Energy Solutions Professionals to implement over $4.7 million in energy-efficient improvements to 28 buildings on campus. The largest portion of the project is devoted to a new geothermal heating/cooling system that serves McPherson Hall and Timmons Chapel, improving both energy efficiency and occupant comfort within the buildings. They include more efficient interior and exterior lighting, steam system improvements, a new boiler, smart thermostats in the residence halls, and enhancements to the existing energy management system. The project is also going beyond equipment upgrades by including an energy conservation training program, wherein a full-time individual is working on-site with administration, faculty, staff and students to instill more energy-efficient behaviors as part of everyday practice, and to develop programs to teach future individuals to carry on those actions. Funding for the project is being provided by a combination of grants and utility savings. A portion of the project monies will come from a $250,000 Renewable Energy Grant that the University received from the State Energy Office as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The rest of the funds will come from energy savings over the next 13 years. Not only will the University benefit by saving $427,000 annually that will be used to pay for the project, the electricity and gas savings that will result from the improvements equates to a reduction of nearly 15,000,000 pounds of greenhouse gases or the same impact as removing over 1,300 cars from the road.

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Energy Solutions Professionals Breaks Ground On Geothermal Project in The City of Prairie Village, KS
Energy Solutions Professionals and the City of Prairie Village, Kansas recently broke ground on a geothermal project which will serve City Hall, Police Headquarters, and the Community Center. The well field is located in a grassy area at the south east corner of the City’s Municipal Complex, and will consist of 32 wells that will each be 400 feet deep. Other improvements in city buildings include interior and exterior lighting upgrades, more efficient plumbing fixtures, and a new energy management system to control the new equipment. Portions of the project are being funded by $400,000 in Public Projects and Renewable Energy Grants that the City received from the State Energy Office as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Honeywell Teams With North Carolina Housing Authorities to Improve Resident Comfort and Cut Energy Costs Almost 30 Percent
Honeywell announced a $4.7-million energy conservation and building modernization program with the Washington Housing Authority & Mid-East Regional Housing Authority (WHAMERHA), which provides affordable housing to low- and moderate-income families in the Washington, N.C. area. Backed by a 20-year performance contract with Honeywell, the program features a mix of conservation measures and equipment upgrades including new geothermal heating systems that will help renovate and revitalize more than 560 residences across seven counties around Washington. The program is expected to reduce the housing authorities’ energy and operating costs by almost $7.4 million over the course of the contract, all while creating more modern, comfortable homes for local families.

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Honeywell Helps Taylor School District Improve Learning Environment While Cutting Utility Costs
Honeywell announced it is helping Taylor School District in Taylor, Mich., improve school facilities and infrastructure, and save more than $550,000 in annual energy and operating costs. The $14-million energy conservation and building modernization program, which is partially backed by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, will enable the district to address deferred maintenance, and boost the comfort and safety of students and staff. The district will use savings from the program, which are guaranteed through a performance contract with Honeywell, to pay for the upgrades. Honeywell will also install a variety of conservation measures in all 21 of the district's buildings. The upgrades are expected to cut electricity consumption by 2.67 million kilowatt-hours per year and decrease annual carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 3,300 metric tons.

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University of Hawai'i Community Colleges Selects Johnson Controls To Implement $58 Million Energy Savings Program
University of Hawai'i Community Colleges (UHCC) and Johnson Controls announced the start of a comprehensive energy efficiency and conservation program projected to save the university more than $58 million in energy and operational savings over the life of the 20-year performance contract. Johnson Controlswill also help UHCC to develop a sustainability curriculum customized for students at four of its O'ahu campuses. UHCC's campuses will integrate several energy solutions designed to reduce the amount of electricity, water, wastewater and syn gas currently used at the sites. Solar hot water, energy efficient air conditioning and lighting retrofits are among the solutions integrated into the project which is expected to decrease UHCC's use of kilowatt-hours by more than 6 million kWh per year, a reduction of approximately 23% of the campuses' current usage.

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Siemens And BAE Systems Complete $2 Million Greenlawn Energy Efficiency Upgrade
BAE Systems and Siemens Industry, Inc. announced the successful and early conclusion of an extensive, 2 million dollar energy efficiency program at the defense contractor’s Greenlawn, New York facility. Under this 11-year Energy Services Agreement, BAE Systems expects the program to save more than $305,000 annually in equivalent energy and operational expenses, savings delivered through a broad range of HVAC and building system retrofits and upgrades that will deliver a 5 percent reduction in electricity consumption and a 69 percent reduction in natural gas usage. As a result of the major HVAC system efficiency upgrades, local utility Long Island Power Authority will return to BAE Systems through its Efficiency Long Island Program an $82,000 rebate. Similarly, National Grid, BAE systems natural gas supplier will deliver another $68,000 rebate to the company as well.

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Texas A&M Teams With Siemens To Save $1.1 Million In Annual Energy Savings Via Performance Contract
Texas A&M University signed performance contracts with Siemens earlier this year totaling $15.1 million, designed to further reduce the overall energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions on campus, improve building occupant comfort, and support campus sustainability. The university has applied for and successfully been granted two low interest loans from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office. The Phase I loan is for $10 million and Phase II is for an additional $5.1 million. Siemens has guaranteed the equivalent of $1.1 million in annual energy and operational savings over the 10-year term for the Phase I project, with over $500,000 in annual savings projected for Phase II. Twenty-four facilities have been receiving upgrades and retrofits over the past several months designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption. Phase I included optimization of the building automation system (BAS), better control of HVAC systems, installation of occupancy sensors, and mechanical system improvements in 17 buildings, together with the installation of new lighting technologies in some buildings and in all five campus parking garages.

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American Medical Systems Partners With Trane To Increase Energy Efficiency By 20 Percent
American Medical Systems recently partnered with Trane to complete energy-saving infrastructure upgrades that provide the critical system reliability needed to maintain strict, round-the-clock temperature control in the company’s manufacturing facility. AMS selected Trane to implement a comprehensive solution that replaced aging infrastructure systems with high-efficiency solutions and undertook a 10-year service agreement to budget service costs on an annualized basis. The upgraded systems are expected to increase operational and energy efficiency while reducing annual energy costs by 20 percent. The upgrades will also generate approximately $50,000 in rebates from Xcel Energy.

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Oxford, KS Unified School District Partners With Trane To Implement Infrastructure Improvements
Oxford Unified School District 358, in partnership with Trane, recently completed infrastructure improvements expected to save more than $90,000 a year in operations and maintenance costs while incorporating an energy efficiency curriculum in the classroom. District buildings required improvements to address approximately $2 million in backlogged maintenance, to increase building comfort and to reduce high energy consumption. The upgrades represent initial steps in transforming district facilities into high performance buildings. The retrofits improved the learning and teaching environment in the elementary school; the junior/senior high school; the administration building, the gym and auditorium buildings; and the maintenance building.

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