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May  2013

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Global energy expert Paul Astolfi named to give the keynote at the NAESCO Regional Midwest Meeting, June 6th, Chicago, IL
NAESCO is pleased to announce that Paul Astolfi will serve as the keynote speaker for its Chicago workshop meeting focused on the theme "Disagreements Over the Direction of Future Energy Policies Heat up: Can Competing Economic Issues be Resolved?"  Mr. Astolfi is a partner in the global law firm Mayer Brown and co-head of its Renewable Energy Group. He leads engagements in a wide variety of complex settings, including cross-border project finance, acquisition and disposition of energy assets, and midstream and upstream hydrocarbon finance. Representing international energy companies, major financial institutions, and private equity funds, he participates at the highest levels of business decision making, giving him a valuable and unique perspective. In addition, Mr. Astolfi is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School, where he teaches a class on renewable energy law.

Terry E. Singer, Executive Director of NAESCO said "We are very pleased that Mr. Astolfi will be our keynote speaker for this meeting. His pragmatic perspective on the broad range of global issues directly affecting the evolution of energy policy in general and the role of energy efficiency providers in particular will provide an excellent framework for the discussions to follow."

NAESCO Midwest Regional Meeting
June 6, 2013 - Morrison Conference Center, Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building
77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL  60604


Wyndham Blake Chicago
500 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605 US

NAESCO has arranged for a block of rooms at the Wyndham Blake Hotel. A special, discounted rate of $179 is being offered. These rates do not include applicable taxes. To make your reservations, please call the hotel directly at 312.986.124 and identify yourself as a NAESCO meeting attendee. This rate is offered only until May 17th and after that date a higher rate will apply. A limited number of rooms are available so call now to ensure you have a room at the hotel.

Click here to register for the NAESCO Regional Meeting

Click here to view the Wyndham Blake Hotel in Chicago

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NAESCO Advocacy Report

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

NAESCO's advocacy work in 2013 is building on the work undertaken in 2012 and continues to be a mix of the following:

  • ensuring the continued funding and political support for key federal, state and utility-administered ESPC programs,
  • advocating for utility and state energy efficiency incentives that enhance ESCO projects in states with major ESCO markets, and
  • promoting the adoption and use of state and utility energy savings monitoring and verification (M&V) rules and protocols that are workable and that recognize the full value that customers realize from ESCO projects.

The energy policy deadlock in Washington continues, as the Democrats and Republicans engage in a philosophical and public relations battle about how to reform the federal budget and tax system. While the re-election of President Obama ensures a continuing commitment to the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies at federal facilities, it is not yet clear what the Administration's energy priorities may be on a broader scale.

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New Members

NAESCO is pleased to welcome the following new members and to include their "Statements of Introduction" about their organization.

Energy Control, Inc.
Energy Control Inc. (ECI), an OpTerra Energy Company is an award winning Energy Service Company founded in 1976. ECI's initial model focused on energy engineering & building controls and overtime expanded its suite of offerings to include design build solutions for energy efficiency, renewables and eventually Smart Grid. ECI has stayed at the forefront of the industry by leveraging a wide range of automation, information technology for web services, as part of every solution and was among the first in the buildings industry to advocate for "Dashboard" technology to provide real-time Internet access to Building Automation and Enterprise Energy Management Systems. ECI's integration expertise with building and energy systems led to SDM Magazine naming ECI to its list of Top 100 System Integrators in North America for several years. Energy Services is central to these accomplishments because ECI utilizes its systems expertise to expand the success of its ESCO and design/build projects thus producing larger, more successful projects. The company president publishes a dozen articles each year in trade publications, and speaks nationally about buildings and the company has been sought out for strategic alliances by industry leaders. These alliances are intended to leverage ECI's experience with on-site electric generation, demand response and the burgeoning multi-billion Smart Grid industry A DOE-funded project ECI completed at University of New Mexico was one of the first smart energy projects in the U.S., and won an award as "Best Design/Build Project in the US for 2009." ECI received an American Business Award from the Wall Street Journal as "Best Overall business in the US with less than 100 employees, and was mentioned in the 2012 book Clean Tech Nation as a "company to watch".

LFE Solutions
LFE knows the ESCO market. LFE Solutions, Inc. provides solutions to ESCOs and the lighting contractors that support them, solutions that range from custom fluorescent, induction and LED retrofits, new emerging technologies in LED and solid-state lighting and controls. Formed by Rob Quintal and Mike Doucette who bring more than 40 combined years of working for, or with, ESCOs, LFE Solutions exists to provide solutions solely and exclusively to the ESCO market channel, solutions that range from custom fluorescent, induction and LED retrofit solutions, new emerging technologies in LED and solid-state lighting, and wired and wireless controls for lighting and HVAC systems. LFE keeps options open and are always seeking the best overall solution forour ESCO clients.

Performance Services, Inc.
Performance Services is an Indianapolis-based design-build engineering company that specializes in constructing and renovating schools, universities, and healthcare facilities to deliver energy efficient and optimal environments through both the Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract and Design-Build procurement methods. Innovative wind power and geothermal systems are integral to the services portfolio. The company has provided energy solutions to customers since 1998 and is a leading qualified provider of guaranteed energy savings projects and ENERGY STAR labeled schools in Indiana.

Southland Energy Services
Founded in 1949, Southland Industries is one of the nation's largest design-build mechanical contracting firms. Southland's design-build-maintain model integrates in-house engineering and design capabilities with self-performed HVAC, process piping, plumbing, fire protection, construction services, automation and controls, testing and balancing, energy services, as well as operations and maintenance in order to provide customers with customized, single-source solutions. With a holistic approach to our customers, Southland Energy, a business of Southland Industries, is able to lower facilities' energy consumption and utility costs through project delivery in energy, water and waste savings retrofits, high performance green buildings, and renewable energy resource delivery. Southland utilizes creative financing to deliver guaranteed performance-based solutions.

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)
The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation is a mission-driven non-profit organization, founded in 1986, that is dedicated to reducing the economic and and environmental costs of energy consumption via effective and renewable technologies.

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Featured Articles

Interview With Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont), Co-Chair & Founder of the House Energy Savings Performance (ESPC) Caucus

1) You have been successful recruiting a growing number of Representatives to participate in the House ESPC Caucus? Why do you think that members are attracted to this bi-partisan effort at a time when the House seems so politically polarized?
Performance contracting is a rare win-win-win.  It saves energy, creates jobs and reduces the cost of operating government buildings. The federal government is the largest consumer of energy in the country.  We spend billions each year to pay the electric bill for government facilities. Democrats and Republicans both want to save taxpayer dollars. We are looking for sensible policies and programs that we can all agree on. Energy efficiency is an obvious fit. Performance contracting is a sensible public-private partnership that cuts our federal energy bill without spending additional taxpayer dollars.

No matter what source of energy you favor – oil, nuclear, wind or solar – we can all agree that using less is more. The practical value of performance contracting appeals to legislators on both sides of the aisle, so I believe our caucus will continue to grow.

2) What are your goals for the House ESPC Caucus for the current Congress?
We need to do more to reduce the tab for heating and cooling federal buildings. I am pleased the President established a $2 billion goal but we can and should do more.   Industry experts believe up to $20 billion in performance contracting is achievable in federal facilities. We should perform energy saving retrofits until we have changed every last light bulb, replaced every window, and updated every cooling unit.

The Energy Savings Performance Caucus is playing a critical role in this process.  We are educating Members and staff, advocating the value of performance contracting, and pursuing legislation that will move the ball forward.

3) President Obama has directed federal agencies to implement $2 billion of performance-based projects during 2012 and 2013. Our understanding is that the individual federal agencies have made commitments to this effort. What does the House ESPC Caucus plan to do, if anything, if the agencies do not meet their commitments? What about the agencies who either did not make commitments, or whose commitments do not capture a reasonable portion of their potential savings from EE projects?
There is a learning curve among federal agencies and we are seeing some take advantage of performance contracting faster than others. Our mission is to keep pressing for more. The White House has set an ambitious goal and they are doing a tremendous job keeping the pressure on federal agencies but we can do more. One of the important roles of Congress is to provide oversight of executive branch programs. I think congressional oversight of efforts to cut the federal energy is appropriate.

4) What is the House ESPC Caucus planning to do, if anything, to assure that federal agencies maintain the level of performance-based project implementation next year and beyond? The history of the federal performance contracting program is that in the years following past "crash" programs, performance contract implementation has fallen off dramatically.
Performance contracting is a valuable tool for cutting our energy consumption, saving taxpayer dollars, and updating our public facilities.  We established this Caucus to prevent a "crash" in performance contracting.  The President's initiative should be a starting point. The Caucus will pull out the stops to ensure performance contracting in federal facilities continues its momentum. We have solid bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and a dedicated caucus of 28 Members who are committed to working with the administration to further performance contracting. I am optimisticBack to Top

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Industry News

Joint Committee on Taxation report to the House Ways and Means Committee released with comments on 179D deduction
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and Ranking Member Sander Levin announced in February the formation of 11 Ways and Means Committee Tax Reform Working Groups and on May 6th, the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation released its report. They summarized the many energy related provisions under consideration including the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction -- Section 179D of the Internal Revenue Code. The report noted that a number of comments (NB: including a submission from NAESCO) had been suggested extending, making permanent, and/or reforming section 179D. The report stated that reform proposals included (1) measuring efficiency improvements relative to a building's pre-upgrade energy consumption (rather than an industry standard level of efficiency); (2) increasing the deduction amount to at least $3.00 per square foot; (3) scaling the deduction based on the energy savings achieved; (4) extending the benefits of the deduction to Indian tribes and tax-exempt organizations by allowing them to transfer those benefits; and (5) removing the limitations on S corporations claiming the deduction.

Click Here for House Ways and Means Tax Reform Working Groups on 179D Deduction

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NAESCO members participate in Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill
The Congressional Energy Savings Performance Caucus held an April briefing on Capitol Hill entitled Energy Savings Performance Contracts in Action: Success Stories from Around the Country. NAESCO President Donald Gilligan, Mark Wagner of Johnson Controls, David Anderson of Ameresco and Kevin Kaminski of Energi highlighted successful case studies of ESPC projects implemented in state, local government, and commercial buildings. The case studies presented included examples of both energy and water savings:

City of Miami Beach - The project included an energy efficiency retrofit of 50 buildings.  It enabled the city to reinvest annual savings of $1.2 million back into infrastructure improvements and significantly reduce both energy and water usage.

Empire State Building - The initial $20 million investment will reduce energy use by up to 38 percent and energy costs by $4.4 million annually.  Much of the project is funded through energy and operational savings.

City of Henderson, NV - This $23.1 million project includes energy efficiency upgrades in buildings as well as a retrofit of city-wide traffic signals, resulting in cost savings of $1.9 million per year and energy savings of 79,945 million BTUs.

Virginia Department of Corrections - Energy and facility improvements were implemented in more than 20 facilities and are expected to reduce the Department's electricity use by more than 17.3 million kWh and water use by over 244 million gallons over 15 years, while providing more than $51 million in facility capital infrastructure upgrades.

The briefing was attended by key House staff advising their members on energy efficiency issues. Donald Gilligan, who served as moderator of the briefing, said "We were pleased with the turnout and with the degree of interest in, and understanding of, the benefits of ESPCs for public sector energy efficiency infrastructure projects". The bipartisan Energy Savings Performance Caucus is co-chaired by Representatives Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Peter Welch (D-VT).

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Stakeholder panel recommends that General Services Administration follow LEED standards
A committee of private stakeholders and federal officials advised the General Services Administration (GSA) to use the LEED ratings system to best measure building efficiency.The 10-to-6 vote from the Green Building Advisory Committee was the latest step in GSA's ongoing review of green buildings certification systems. GSA already uses LEED, a ratings system governed by the private U.S. Green Building Council. The committee made the recommendation based on a study of 160 tools and systems, according to a release from the USGBC. "The Green Building Advisory Committee's vote is part of our ongoing review of third party green building certification systems," GSA spokesman Dan Cruz said in an email. "This review has been open to an extensive public process, and GSA has heard from a variety of stakeholders during our public comment period."

GSA must evaluate green building certification systems for government use every five years and then make a recommendation to the Energy Department under law. GSA has not released a formal recommendation, though it likely will do so this summer.

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NAESCO members participate in Energy Trust of Oregon's Existing Buildings Program
Energy Trust Existing Buildings, a program of Energy Trust of Oregon, is now accepting applications for additional contractors and ESCOs to join their Trade Ally Network. Trade Allies are listed on Energy Trust of Oregon's website, and are the only companies that can be referred to eligible participants. NAESCO members Honeywell International, Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric, Siemens Industries and Trane have already signed up as Trade Allies.

Energy Trust of Oregon Existing Buildings offers both incentives for the installation of qualified gas and/or electric energy-efficient equipment that helps lower energy use and reduces operating costs to commercial, municipal and institutional customers. Project sites in Oregon served by Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural Gas or Cascade Natural Gas may be eligible for these incentives. If your company is interested in becoming an Energy Trust Existing Buildings trade ally, please visit , or call Nick Dreves at 503.568.3324.

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Member Projects

Lewis and Clark County, MT, Partners with Ameresco on Energy and Infrastructure Upgrades at 28 County-owned Buildings
Ameresco announced  that it has signed and begun work on an ESPC with Lewis and Clark County, Montana.  Ameresco will install over $1.6 million of energy efficiency improvements at 28 county-owned buildings. The energy efficiency improvements are expected to save the county an estimated $77,000 annually while also addressing critical infrastructure needs.  The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013.

"We had several county building systems that were at the end of their life cycle and although we had the resources available internally to fund the project, we utilized an energy savings performance contract to repay the capital budgets through the guaranteed energy savings," said Eric Bryson, Administrator, Lewis and Clark County.  Prior to beginning work on the ESPC, Ameresco performed a full investment grade audit to identify areas where energy savings measures could be implemented throughout the county-owned buildings and facilities, as well as created a plan for the design and implementation of project renovations.  The comprehensive ESPC includes increased energy efficiency in multiple buildings through lighting upgrades, building envelope improvements, water conservation measures, and HVAC and boiler system upgrades at the Law Enforcement Center and Myrna Loy buildings.

The county also outlined additional capital cost avoidance improvements to be made, which include new dual pane windows at the historic Courthouse and heat pump replacements at the Law Enforcement Center.  In addition to expected savings of over $77,000 annually on energy costs, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be reduced by 2,700 metric tons, which is the equivalent of taking 83 cars off the road or planting 1,800 pine trees.

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Governor Chafee Joins Community College of Rhode Island and Ameresco for Energy Efficiency Project Ribbon-Cutting
, joined with the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) to host Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and local leaders to commemorate the completion of the first phase of a $14.8 million multi-phase Energy Savings Performance Contract that encompasses four campuses.

During the ribbon-cutting event hosted at the Warwick-based Knight Campus, CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, Rhode Island officials and Ameresco executives recognized the economic and environmental benefits of the ESPC that is expected to save the college an estimated $1.2 million annually. "The energy efficiency improvements completed by CCRI and Ameresco demonstrate the progress being made toward a more sustainable future for Rhode Island," said Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee. "The approach used here is an excellent example for other nonprofits and businesses throughout Rhode Island of how to help our environment, our economy, and your bottom line."

Ameresco installed energy efficient technology that will reduce energy and water costs while improving CCRI's overall sustainability efforts. Although the heaviest concentration of efficiency work was completed at the Knight Campus, CCRI's four campuses all have received upgrades.
As part of the ESPC, Ameresco provided an alternative fuel source for electricity by bringing natural gas service to both the Warwick and Lincoln campuses.

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ABM's Bundled Energy Solutions Program to Save over $9 Million in Energy and Operating Costs for Orange County, Virginia Public Schools
ABM announced its ABM Building Services business has been selected by Orange County, VA, Public Schools to implement division-wide energy and infrastructure upgrades to the educational institution through ABM's Bundled Energy Solutions Program. The project is expected to significantly improve the schools' learning environment as a result of lighting, heating, cooling and indoor air quality upgrades, while saving Orange County Public Schools an estimated $9.3 million in energy and operating costs over 15 years.

The project is expected to reduce the school's utility costs by 32% over 15 years. "Raising revenue via increased taxes to fund lighting, heating, and air conditioning modernization projects up front in our schools was not an option in Orange County," said Doug Arnold, Coordinator of Facilities and Maintenance at Orange County Public Schools. "Without ABM's solution, we would have been left continually patching our old inefficient lighting and unreliable, energy wasting HVAC equipment, and controls for the foreseeable future. Energy performance contracting via ABM's program allows us to perform $6.2 million worth of projects and be guaranteed enough energy savings to cover these costs, plus the financing costs, over a 15 year period." The improvements will be made across the division's 10 schools and buildings. Energy-efficiency upgrades include installing new high-efficiency LED lights, reducing energy usage; replacing heating and cooling systems, improving indoor air quality and reducing humidity problems; and implementing an energy efficient PC Power Management solution by putting unused computers in a low power state, saving energy and prolonging the lifetime of the IT equipment.

ABM also identified opportunities for energy and operational savings in five different school buildings by implementing advanced fuel sourcing and fuel conversion strategies, including switching the heating fuel from fuel oil to propane.

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ABM Helps Ohio's Wright State University Reduce Energy Consumption Nearly 40% saving over $35.8 Million
ABM announced its ABM Building Solutions service line has been selected by Ohio's Wright State University to complete a campus-wide energy conservation project to lower the university's energy consumption by nearly 40 percent. The project, which began earlier this month, includes major enhancements to Wright State's heating and cooling equipment, replacing light fixtures with cost effective LED lighting, and utilizing the university's pond for geothermal cooling. Over the next 15 years, these enhancements are expected to save Wright State $35.8 million. The energy efficiency upgrades span the university's 557-acre campus, including 25 academic buildings, 26 student residential buildings, and the Nutter Center, the university's entertainment and athletics venue. Principal upgrades include eliminating 30 pieces of equipment into one consolidated boiler and chiller system, reducing maintenance costs; retrofitting exterior lights with LED and Induction lighting, cutting lighting energy consumption nearly in half; and installing pressure independent control valves, dramatically reducing energy costs and HVAC performance issues.

Additionally, Wright State asked ABM to provide a solution that would add affordable cooling to the Nutter Center throughout the year. After exploring several options, ABM determined it could use a pond near the Nutter Center as a geothermal cooling system. By adding a heat exchanger in the pond that is equivalent to a 300-ton chiller, the center will have free cooling all winter or until outside air temperatures reach about 80 degrees.

ABM first partnered with Wright State University in 2009 to complete its first energy conservation project, which reduced energy use by over 20% and provided the university with more than $1.3 million in annual energy savings. The project was completed in March 2011. As a result of these savings, Wright State was awarded $118,000 in Demand-Side Management (DSM) rebates by Dayton Power and Light, and was eager to begin exploring additional campus-wide energy improvements.

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Energy Solutions Professionals Exceeds Projected Utility Savings with Mulvane School District, Kansas, Project
Energy Solutions Professionals (ESP) reported that utility savings have exceeded projections at its
Mulvane School District, Kansas project in the first year after implementation. The district is saving a total of $152,215 on electric, gas and water bills annually, which is $2,264 over the projected savings goal.

In 2011, the Mulvane School District partnered with ESP to develop and implement energy-saving improvements throughout the district.  The upgrades included more efficient lighting, plumbing fixtures that use less water, new heating and cooling equipment, weatherproofing doors, windows and other gaps, and enhancements to the district's computerized building controls. ESP has also been providing ongoing training to the district on additional ways to save energy by changing behaviors and creating a conservation culture throughout the district.

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Schneider Electric Completes Turnkey Facilities Improvement Project at Van-Far, R-I School District, Vandalia, Missouri
Schneider Electric announced the successful completion of a turnkey facilities improvement project with the Van-Far R-I School District in Vandalia, Missouri. The project began as the result of a partnership with the district more than two years ago, which was established by a bond passed by the city to support structural and mechanical improvements in the district's two facilities. With the completion of more than $1.3 million in renovations, the bond commitments have been fulfilled on time and within budget.

In April 2011, the community approved creation of bond funds to complete the Van-Far R-I School District renovations. Since then, Schneider Electric has implemented vital structural and mechanical changes to the elementary and high school buildings. Schneider Electric replaced the high school's boiler system to improve efficiency and reliability during the heating season. The project also included updating the district's exteriors to improve their insulation and aesthetic appeal. Finally, Schneider Electric provided key improvements to the facilities' aging roof structure, working with the school's maintenance director to prepare the roof for a new remote terminal unit in the coming years and future replacement of the school's classroom layout. Completed in October, all of the renovations were accomplished within the bond's guaranteed budget, which was insured by Schneider Electric.

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Member News

LFE Solutions launches web site with exclusive ESCO portal
LFE Solutions President Robert Quintal announced that the company has formally launched its website The company was formed in January of 2013 to provide technical lighting and controls solutions to the ESCO market. According to Quintal "the website is a portal for the ESCO buyers to what works, what technologies are coming, and what types of products and solutions are being utilized across our industry". The website has two main portals on the homepage, one which speaks specifically to the ESCO and one for the Product Manufacturer. Also on the homepage is a featured LFE Solution of the month which highlights recent successful applications such as LED and Custom Fluorescent products.

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New retrofit Kit from LUTRON makes stairwell fluorescent light fixtures energy efficient and code compliant
A new Stairwell Retrofit Kit Solution from lighting control provider Lutron Electronics saves energy, lowers costs, and meets stairwell safety code requirements. The field-adjustable retrofit kit solution contains Lutron dimming ballasts with pre-wired leads, a Lutron wireless control, and optional rapid-start sockets, which allow any T12, T8, or T5 fluorescent fixture to be converted into a wireless stairwell solution. Once installed, the fixture can communicate with Lutron's Radio P-owr Savr™ occupancy sensors to adjust light levels. The Radio Powr Savr sensor immediately detects when someone enters the stairwell. The sensor then sends a signal to the Lutron Powpak stairwell controller via Lutron‘s Clear Connect® RF technology, which illuminates the stairwell at the preset occupied (high end) level. When the person leaves the stairwell, the sensor sends a signal to the wireless control at the pre-set timeout which dims the light to the preset unoccupied (low end) level.

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Philips named to MIT Technology Review's 2013 "50 Disruptive Companies List" recognizing world's most innovative companies
Philips has been identified in the field of Energy and Materials as one of 2013's  "50 Disruptive Companies", on MIT Technology Review's annual list of the world's most innovative technology companies.  Over the last year, Philips has worked to drive down the cost of LED light bulbs by introducing 88 ENERGY STAR qualified LED bulbs that allow these products to qualify for utility rebates and lower the cost to consumers, including equivalents for 60, 75 and 100-watt incandescent bulbs.   The company has also introduced disruptive lighting technologies such as the award-winning L Prize bulb and Philips hue, one of the world's smartest light bulbs, which can be managed from iPhone or Android devices.  The honorees are nominated by MIT Technology Review's editors, who look for companies that have demonstrated original and valuable technology over the last year, are bringing that technology to market at significant scale, and clearly influencing their competitors. Spanning energy and materials, Internet and digital media, computing and communications, biomedicine, as well as transportation, the MIT Technology Review has compiled  the list to identify those companies the Review believes provide the disruptive innovations most likely to change our lives.

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Savannah River Site Marks One Year Anniversary of New Biomass Cogeneration Facility
The U.S. Department of Energy and Ameresco came together to mark the first year of successful operation of its new renewable energy fueled cogeneration facility at the Savannah River Site (SRS).  Under the Department's single largest renewable Energy Savings Performance Contract, the DOE contracted with Ameresco in 2009 to finance, design, construct, operate, maintain and fuel the 34-acre renewable energy facility over the term of the 20-year contract.

One year ago, the SRS Biomass Cogeneration Facility began commercial operation and replaced the 1950s-era deteriorating, inefficient coal powerhouse and oil-fired boilers. The ceremony celebrated the first full year of operational success, specifically highlighting its performance, safety record, and environmental compliance.

In the first year the facility operated without interruption, averaging 200,000 pounds of steam per hour while generating a total of 1.67 billion pounds of steam and 97,000 megawatts of electricity.  The plant processed more than 10,000 tons of tires and 221,000 tons of clean biomass, consisting of local forest residue and wood chips. There were no recordable safety issues during the first year of operation, equating to more than 115,500 man hours without incident.

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Philips LED Technology helps shine light on San Francisco's Bay Bridge as sustainable art
A unique public-private partnership between Illuminate the Arts, the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), and artist Leo Villareal  has turned the  San Francisco Bay Bridge into The Bay Lights sculpture, 4.5 miles of LED lighting supported by solar panels.

The Bay Lights, the new LED lighting system for the Bay Bridge, developed by Philips Color Kinetics, has gone live. Fulfilling the brainchild of Ben Davis, chairman of Illuminate the Arts (ITA) and the vision of acclaimed artist Leo Villareal, the bridge has become a one-of-a-kind lighted sculpture for the next two years. Installed with the support of Caltrans, the bridge is expected to be viewed by over 50 million people and bring nearly $100 million in revenue to the local San Francisco economy. The new LED lighting system uses 85 percent less energy than traditional lighting technologies, energy that will be offset by dedicated solar panels set up in Davis, California by CleanPath.

Villareal, creator of The Bay Lights, is a pioneer in the use of LED lights and computer driven
imagery using Philips Color Kinetics eW Flex SLX product in 4200 Kelvin correlated color temperature for the Bay Lights project which is a versatile strand of individually controllable white light LED nodes. The durable, flexible form factor allows dynamic points of white light to be installed across nearly any interior or exterior surface which made it an ideal choice for The Bay Lights project. Philips Color Kinetics worked with Villareal to create custom spacing between the nodes to accommodate his design. In the end, almost 4.5 miles of product was installed on the bridge, roughly equal to the total length of the Bay Bridge, counting both spans. The lighting will be viewable from San Francisco and points north, but not by drivers crossing the bridge.

"Using Philips LED technology really gives me the creative flexibility I need to bring this bridge to life and fulfill my vision," says Leo Villareal. "This isn't about just lighting another bridge with white or colored light. The Bay Lights emphasizes the use of 'intelligent' lighting, fully utilizing individual control and the ability to create 255 levels of brightness per node. The custom software I have created allows for the creation of ever changing patterns site specifically created for this location with the goal of producing a work of art."

Villareal networked 25,000 of these LED nodes to create complex algorithms and patterns across the bridge's western span. These patterns dynamically recombine themselves over the two-year duration of the installation, transforming the bridge into a living piece of art which organizers believe to be the world's largest LED light sculpture.

Organizers of The Bay Lights have provided all the financial support for the project through private funding, not tax payers. Over the course of the year, it will cost approximately $11,000 in energy to light the piece, which translates into $30 per day or $4.25 per hour.

Click Here to view the Bay Lights project

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People in the News

Southland Industries appoints Natasha Shah as Vice President of Energy Services
Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest design-build mechanical contracting firms, recently welcomed Natasha Shah as Vice President of Energy Services. As Southland prepares to expand its energy services capabilities, Ms. Shah will lead the company's efforts by focusing on the strategic implementation of Southland's energy services within core markets as well as national opportunities.

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Lance Burghardt retires from Phillips
Long time NAESCO Board member Lance Burghardt has retired from Philips after more than 30 years with the company. NAESCO Executive Director Terry E. Singer said "While we wish Lance and his wife many happy years of retirement, we will really miss his active participation in NAESCO and his sage advice. Lance made such a strong contribution to the development and growth of NAESCO over the years and it seems hard to imagine a national conference without his presence".

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Ameresco names Marcus Fister as Senior Director of Energy Supply Management Group
Ameresco announced that Marcus Fister has joined the company as Senior Director of Energy Supply Management. He will focus on increasing market penetration in the commercial, industrial and retail business segments for Ameresco's supply-side management services. Mr. Fister brings over 15 years of experience to Ameresco having served as Director, National Energy, UFPC/Managing Director Global Energy, Yum! Brands, Inc., where he managed more than 1,500 owner operators' annual domestic energy expenses totaling more than $800 million across 22,000 domestic locations. His responsibilities also included risk management and procurement, as well as establishing carbon reporting standards for Yum! Brands, Inc. Mr. Fister earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration, Accountancy from the University of Louisville, attended Brandeis School of Law, and received his M.B.A. from Indiana University.

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Concord Energy Strategies appoints Keith Dohn, PE, new Director of Engineering
Concord Energy Strategies (CES) announced that Keith Dohn, PE has joined CES as the Director of Engineering. Mr. Dohn brings over 10 years' energy engineering experience to CES. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering from the University of Louisville. In addition, Mr. Dohn is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED AP. As Director of Engineering, he will lead the engineering team in producing all CES Section 179D services and will introduce comprehensive energy modeling to the CES service offerings.

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Ameresco names Richard Deutschmann Senior Project Developer
Ameresco announced that Richard Deutschmann has joined the company as Senior Project Developer for the Federal Solutions Group in Columbia, MD.  Mr. Deutschmann comes to Ameresco with 25 years of energy experience and has primarily focused on the solar energy industry.  In his new role, he will develop and execute strategies to grow solar energy capabilities that will serve the company's federal government clients, as well as manage a portfolio of projects ranging from 100 kilowatts to over 10 megawatts for rooftop, ground-mounted and parking canopy applications.

Earlier in his career Mr. Deutschmann co-founded and served as CEO of Chesapeake Solar, one of the most successful solar integrators in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Deutschmann is a Licensed Professional Engineer, earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, and has served on numerous boards of directors for industry and advocacy groups.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Howard County Conservancy.

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