NAESCO is pleased to announce that
registration is now open for NAESCO's 30Th Annual Conference &
Vendor Showcase, Charting the Future Course of Energy
Terry E. Singer, Executive Director of NAESCO said "We are
pleased to host the 30th Annual Conference & Vendor Showcase in
Orlando this year and celebrate three decades of industry
accomplishments. The NAESCO Annual Conference will be the
perfect blend of content and networking opportunities for our
attendees and exhibitors. We have a comprehensive and diverse
group of speakers and presenters, who will provide insight on
the challenges and opportunities to be seized as we contemplate
the future course of energy efficiency. As always, our
exhibitors will share with conference attendees the latest
advances in technology and innovation from the leading companies
in the energy efficiency market."
Annual Conference attendees are leading providers in the
energy efficiency marketplace, existing and potential customers,
policy makers, and energy efficiency thought leaders in the
academic and NGO communities. Exhibitors represent companies
that are active manufacturers/distributors/
suppliers/sub-contractors of a broad range of goods and services
to energy service companies and their end-user clients in both
the public and private sectors.
Vendor Showcase exhibitors now receive two full registrations
with their exhibit space rental.
NAESCO's advocacy work in 2013 is building on the work
undertaken in 2012 and continues to be a mix of the following:
NAESCO is pleased to welcome the following new members and to
include their "Statements of Introduction" about their organization.
4) This report is the latest in a
continuing series of LBNL reports on the ESCO industry, based on
data reported to LBNL in the NAESCO accreditation process and
periodic LBNL/NAESCO surveys of the ESCO industry. What is the
next step in the evolution of the NAESCO and LBNL documentation
of the technologies and economics of the ESCO industry?
"I believe that we are at a
crossroads in the evolution of this industry. ESCOs, customers,
and policymakers are asking for information about the past
performance of successful projects. For example, industry
stakeholders want to know more about typical savings, investment
levels, measures installed, and the potential for creating (or
saving) jobs. For these reasons, we are partnering with several
offices in the Department of Energy, national laboratories, and
representatives from government agencies to develop a secure,
online system to collect and disseminate project information in
an aggregated form. At the same time, it is extremely important
to protect ESCOs' proprietary business information. We are
working closely with NAESCO—and its members—to learn more about
what types of data are both sensitive and difficult to report to
government agencies. The name of this online system is called
e-ProjectBuilder and we anticipate that it will be fully
operational in late Spring 2014."
ESCOs have employed the 179D deduction in hundreds of energy
efficiency retrofit projects implemented since the provision was
first enacted in 2005. The NAESCO team will stress that
utilizing the 179D deduction for an energy efficiency project
creates additional economic value for building owners and has
contributed to the increased use of energy efficient building
design strategies resulting in the retrofit of energy
inefficient aging buildings, many with significant deferred
maintenance problems. In addition, the deduction addresses a
flaw in the tax code. Tax law allows businesses to deduct energy
bills as ordinary operating expenses but prior to 179D, energy
efficiency retrofits were depreciated over a longer period of
time as capital expenses. The 179D deduction aligns the tax code
by allowing for accelerated depreciation of EE investment. The
team will point out during the meetings that the 179D deduction
rewards achievement of significant energy savings and places a
premium on implementation of more sophisticated technologies.
The incentive supports the modernization of aging U.S. building
stock and enhances the overall performance of our nation's
building infrastructure. Another key benefit provided by the
availability of the Section 179D tax deduction are the creation
of more jobs in the construction, engineering, manufacturing and
design sectors. Extending and enhancing the Section 179D
deduction would improve the usefulness of the deduction and lead
to more than 77,000 new jobs being created in the construction,
engineering, manufacturing and energy services sectors alone,
according to a 2011 analysis performed by the University of
While the number one priority is to assure extension of the
179D deduction, NAESCO will also encourage Congress to consider
the inclusion of a number of reforms to Section 179D. These
reforms include (1) increasing the scope of eligible projects,
(2) increasing the dollar amount of the credit, and (3)
providing greater flexibility in its qualifying parameters.
NAESCO believes that these reforms, were they to be adopted,
would significantly advance the national pursuit of energy
efficiency and provide additional incentives to these critical
Conducted annually by the Johnson Controls Institute for
Building Efficiency since 2006, this year's 3,000 respondents
come from ten countries and a variety of commercial, industrial
and institutional facilities such as hospitals, schools, and
LBNLis partnering with Building Energy Inc. a company which
specializes in software solutions to integrate disparate
building energy use and characteristics datasets. "The
real-estate investment community, building managers and owners
asked the Department of Energy for a tool to help them better
evaluate the financial costs and benefits of energy-efficiency
projects in buildings, to help them guide investment decisions.
DOE responded by establishing the Buildings Performance
Database, which we are developing under their direction," Mathew
The database contains real performance data from more than
60,000 buildings across the U.S. from public and private
datasets—not modeled data. BPD currently contains basic building
data, such as gross floor area, years built and hours occupied,
as well as energy performance metrics, including energy-use
intensity (for example, kilowatt-hours per square foot), source
and site energy consumption, and electricity and fuel
consumption. The data has been stripped of identifying
characteristics, such as street addresses, to preserve business
confidential information, to encourage as many private sources
to contribute to BPD as possible.
"Development of the BPD is ongoing," Mathew adds. "More types
of information, such as building assets and equipment, and
metered interval data from utilities, will become available as
the BPD grows." BPD also has a tool to make using the dataset
easy, with more features planned for future releases. The data
explorer feature allows users to compare the energy use of their
own buildings to a set of BPD buildings they can choose by such
parameters as building type, floor area, age, and occupancy, and
by system features such as lighting and HVAC. The tool allows
users to create graphs comparing the energy use of their
buildings to the building peer group the user has created. The
latest release of the tool includes a retrofit analysis feature,
which compares the energy use of buildings with different
technologies. The tool provides users with the probability of
achieving different levels of energy savings for retrofits. The
database features an application programming interface (API)
that allows external software developers to access the data and
incorporate analytical results into their own tools.
Ameresco Partners With Brockton
(MA) Housing Authority
Ameresco announced it has begun
work on a $5.7 million energy performance contract with the
Brockton Housing Authority, Brockton, MA. The project will
provide energy efficient upgrades to more than 1,200 units in
seven developments, and is expected to save the Authority more
than $400,000 annually.
With construction expected to be completed this year, the
project scope includes lighting efficiency improvements,
upgraded apartment temperature controls, water conservation
measures, energy efficient refrigerators, and new energy
efficient windows and sliding doors at the Authority's Campello
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Montana School District Partners
with Ameresco on an ESPC
Ameresco announced that
it has begun work on an ESPC with Kalispell School District #5,
Kalispell, MT. Ameresco will install over $3.29 million of
energy efficiency improvements at 12 school buildings. The
energy efficiency improvements are expected to save the District
an estimated $140,569 annually while also addressing critical
"One of Kalispell's oldest schools has been looking for a way
to pay for upgrades to its heating and cooling system and
increase its energy efficiency, but not impact our taxpayers,"
said Superintendent Darlene Shottle. "Flathead High School was
of particular concern with classrooms either too warm, too cold,
or water leaking in through the roof. We had to look at more
innovative ways to try to do some of the building upgrades that
needed to be done. Ameresco was able to make these improvements
with this budget neutral approach."
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 District's
buildings and facilities to create a plan for the design and
implementation of project renovations. With construction
expected to be completed by the end of this year, the majority
of the work is concentrated around the HVAC infrastructure. The
project scope also includes interior, exterior, and lighting
control upgrades, water efficiency retrofits, building envelope
improvements, boiler replacement, variable air volume
conversion, variable speed pumping, temperature control systems
upgrades, custom bus engine heater control system
implementation, domestic hot water heater replacement, and
rooftop and HVAC system replacement.
In addition to the ESPC, this project is also being funded
through a roughly $1 million Montana Quality Schools Grant for
energy saving infrastructure upgrades at Flathead High School.
The project is expected to reduce the District's annual carbon
footprint with 1,212,248 kWh in electric savings, 56,079 therms
in natural gas savings, and 1,526,600 gallons of water saved
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Alpena County in Northern Michigan
Selects Ameresco for Energy Efficiency and Infrastructure
Ameresco announced today that it has begun work
on a $1.6 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC)
with Alpena County in northeastern Michigan. Expected to be
completed by the end of the year, it is projected that the ESPC
will save the County more than $100,000 in annual energy and
operational savings through numerous energy efficiency and
critical infrastructure improvements throughout County-owned
buildings and facilities.
"Our partnership with Ameresco will enable us to improve the
energy efficiency of our buildings and repay the investment with
the guaranteed savings provided through the energy savings
performance contract," said Commissioner Lyle VanWormer, Chair
of Finance Committee, Alpena County. "Faced with a strained
annual budget, this was the perfect solution. The ESPC model
allows us to bond the project, complete the necessary
infrastructures upgrades and avoid future capital costs."
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's
buildings and facilities. The wide-ranging ESPC will involve the
implementation of several energy conservation measures in
multiple facilities including the Northern Lights Arena, jail,
courthouse, pool, County fairgrounds, airport, annex and
Michigan Department of Correction offices. The upgrades across
County buildings will include new lighting, building envelope
and weatherization improvements, water conservation measures,
HVAC building automation expansions and mechanical improvements.
"We are proud to partner with Alpena County to support their
efforts to improve their infrastructure and become more energy
efficient," said Louis P. Maltezos, Executive Vice President,
Ameresco. "The ESPC model is a very effective tool for county
and municipal governments to upgrade aging equipment and avoid
equipment failure without asking taxpayers for additional
funding. All the upgrades for this project with Alpena County
will be paid through energy, operational and maintenance
savings, and we have engaged local labor and subcontractors
whenever possible to help support the local economy."
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Knoxville, TN, Convention Center
Earns LEED Silver Certification
its customer, Knoxville Convention Center, on earning the
prestigious LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings by
the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the facility's
sustainable operational policies. "We commend the City of
Knoxville and the Knoxville Convention Center for their
commitment to environmental stewardship and leadership in
sustainability," said David J. Anderson, Executive Vice
President, Ameresco. "Ameresco is proud to be a valued partner,
and we congratulate the Knoxville Convention Center for earning
the prestigious LEED Silver certification, and demonstrating
their vision to the municipal community."
In order to achieve LEED Certification for Existing
Buildings, the Convention Center was scored in accordance with
rigorous guidelines set forth by the USGBC. The Convention
Center verified that Ameresco installed a 120-kilowatt rooftop
solar photovoltaic system as part of a comprehensive energy
efficiency project. In addition to the solar installation, the
facility added new energy efficient boilers, a 30-ton air cooled
chiller, window film, a new domestic hot water system and
lighting systems to reduce the center's carbon footprint and
make the building more sustainable.
"The Convention Center is committed to being a facility that
takes the environmental impact of its operations seriously, and
our sustainable practices are intricately woven into our
everyday operations," said General Manager Mary Bogert. "This
certification demonstrates this commitment. We are grateful to
the City of Knoxville for placing high value on sustainability
and to the City of Knoxville Department of Sustainability and
its energy contractor, Ameresco, for partnering with our staff
to help achieve this goal."
"I applaud the staff of the Knoxville Convention Center on
their commitment to sustainability and congratulate them on this
award," said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. "Their commitment
furthers the City of Knoxville's focus on sustainability and
renewable resources. Recently, we were proud to place the
largest solar panel installation on any City-owned facility on
the roof of the Convention Center to provide clean, renewable
energy to the region."
In 2010, Ameresco and the city of Knoxville embarked upon a
$13.8 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) that
implemented improvements at 104 buildings, 40 ballparks and
fields, and three golf courses. These improvements are now
delivering $1.1 million in annual energy savings for the City.
Energy conservation measures included new lighting systems to
provide effective lighting control and uniform lighting, solar
hot water system, HVAC improvements including a variable air
volume conversion, water conservation, irrigation solutions for
ball field and golf courses, pool covers, new steam boilers, and
a city-wide energy management system (EMS) for remote
monitoring, controlling, and troubleshooting of the HVAC
Ameresco has a long history of partnering with counties,
schools, municipalities and commercial entities to improve
energy infrastructure and install renewable energy technologies.
Their pioneering of the ESPC financing model has made the
budget-neutral solution an increasingly popular option for
customers across North America, which enables budget-neutral
energy efficiency upgrades by guaranteeing a minimum level of
energy savings over the term of the contract. Ameresco
coordinates the upfront project costs and the City repays that
investment with their energy savings over time.
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Honeywell Contracts With
Huntington (WV) Housing Authority
announced an energy retrofit project that will save the
Huntington West Virginia Housing Authority more than $340,000 in
annual energy and operating costs. The initiative will improve
building comfort and energy efficiency in more than 900 public
housing units in 13 complexes for the Huntington West Virginia
Housing Authority and includes building upgrades and
conservation measures that will cut energy use at each complex.
The housing authority will finance the building improvements
through a 15-year, $3.7 million energy savings performance
contract with Honeywell. "Maintaining our complexes is always a
top priority, but it has become increasingly difficult to fund
necessary improvements in light of tightening budgets," said
William Dotson, executive director of Huntington West Virginia
Housing Authority. "Our retrofit project with Honeywell will
allow us to address maintenance and conservation needs risk-free
with measures that will not only improve comfort but help us
save money, too."
As part of the retrofit work, Honeywell will install more
energy-efficient lighting, furnaces and hot water heaters,
implement water-saving measures such as low-flow toilets and
faucets, and update wall insulation to minimize air infiltration
at each of the 13 housing complexes.
In addition to saving money and improving comfort, the
building improvements will also cut the housing authority's
annual greenhouse gas emissions by 1,081 metric tons –
equivalent to removing 226 vehicles from the road.
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Chevron Energy Solutions Helping
City of Lemoore (CA) Save Nearly $45 Million
The city of
Lemoore, CA, and Chevron Energy Solutions are starting
construction of an expansive solar installation to power
domestic water wells, a wastewater treatment plant, the Cinnamon
Municipal Complex, Police Department, and several other
facilities throughout the city. It is expected to generate 3.1
megawatts of electricity and reduce purchases from the electric
utility by close to 100 percent for most of the facilities. Over
the life of the project, and after paying all its costs, the
city of Lemoore is expected to save close to $45 million.
To design, engineer, build, and operate and maintain the
solar installation, the city of Lemoore chose Chevron Energy
Solutions, its third project for the city in the past 5 years.
It is expected the project will be completed in May, 2014.
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Live Oak School District (CA) and
Chevron Energy Solutions Dedicate New Solar Installation to
Long-Time Sustainability Champion Barney Bricmont
Live Oak School District, Santa Cruz, CA,will celebrate
completion of solar power installations and lighting efficiency
upgrades at its six schools by dedicating a solar-shaded garden
bench to the late Bernard "Barney" Bricmont, former member of
the Live Oak School District Board and long-time supporter of
solar and sustainability projects in the district.
The solar installation is expected to generate 416-kilowatts
of electricity and, together with a set of energy efficiency
measures, reduce the district's annual electricity use by over
80%, and save almost $2.5 million over the life of the project.
Chevron Energy Solutions was selected by the district to
design and build the solar power system, and maintain and
guarantee its performance.
The late Barney Bricmont served on the Live Oak School
District Board for more than three decades. He was well known
and respected in the community as a tireless advocate for both
student achievement and environmental sustainability. He was an
early and effective champion in Santa Cruz County for organic
farming and renewable energy. The bench that will be dedicated
in his honor will sit next to a school garden and in the shade
of a solar canopy.
"We thought this would be the best way to celebrate and honor
Barney's legacy," said Larry Perlin, president of the Live Oak
School District Board. "This project meant so much to him."
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Climatec Saves Scottsdale Unified
School District (AZ) Over $1 million Annually Through Energy
Climatec Building Technologies Group
saves Scottsdale, AZ, Unified School District (SUSD) over $1
million annually through energy saving technology. SUSD has been
saving on energy costs over the last three years due to
equipment upgrades and the increased use of solar energy. As one
of the first districts in the state to implement a comprehensive
energy management plan, the district has seen an annual savings
of over $1 million. This result has exceeded the guaranteed
energy total by 168%. The district expects to continue to
realize these energy savings wells into the future.
For the past 100 years, SUSD has been on the leading edge of
education in Arizona while placing a high value on energy
efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint. In order to meet
energy savings goals, SUSD built a lasting relationship with
Climatec through multiple phases of energy performance
contracting. With limits on general fund dollars, Climatec
identified key sites with inefficient lighting, antiquated HVAC
units, and little to no control over its heating and cooling
schedules. With utility bills & electrical costs higher than
ever and an ever-diminishing O&M budget, the district was in
desperate need of a solution.
Starting small with controls, lighting, and HVAC upgrades at
one site, SUSD quickly realized significant savings potential.
Climatec has since completed two additional phases covering a
total of 12 schools. Energy conservation measures include a new,
fully-integrated Alerton energy control system, new
high-efficiency HVAC systems, central plant upgrades,
comprehensive lighting retrofits with controls & occupancy
sensor integration, vending machine power management, dashboard
web interface integration, and solar PPA. Climatec helped secure
$1.2 million ARRA grant, substantial utility rebates, QSCB
financing, and a 10-year municipal lease for the balance of the
SUSD is now considered an energy efficiency leader in Arizona
education. With over 12 million kWh saved to date, SUSD is using
25% less electricity than before.
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JCI Reports That Empire State Building's
Energy Savings Beat Savings Forecasts
landmark project retrofit cut $2.4 million off the famed spire's
energy bills, earned LEED Gold certification, and yielded
upscale new tenants. Five years after the Empire State Building
began an ambitious $550 million retrofit designed in part to
make the famous spire more energy efficient, the savings are
already beating expectations. A report from Johnson Controls,
one of the partners on the retrofit project, shows that the
art-deco landmark saved $2.3 million last year on its energy
costs and $2.4 million in 2011, beating projected savings by 4%
The upgrades, which included installing new lighting and
windows, modernizing boilers, and insulating radiators, earned
the building LEED Gold certification in 2011. Once the building
is fully retrofitted, which will happen within four years, the
upgrades are expected to save $4.4 million annually in energy
costs, or about 38% of the building's current bill.
The building's new green credentials have helped boost
occupancy rates, attracting tenants like LinkedIn, Coty Inc, and
Shutterstock. "The energy efficiency was a huge component of our
success in repositioning the building," said Anthony Malkin,
president of Malkin Properties, which manages the building. He
added that energy efficiency, which translates into lower
operating expenses, is a boon to both the owner and the tenants.
"There's a savings in cost to the buildings and to our tenants,"
said Mr. Malkin. "We make it possible for our tenants to improve
their bottom line."
Victor Olgyay, a principal with Colorado-based Rocky Mountain
Institute, another partner on this project, said the high
visibility of the Empire State Building should help motivate
other commercial landlords to invest in similar energy-saving
"Deep retrofits yield significant energy cost savings but
their benefits don't stop there," said Mr. Olgyay in an email.
"A growing body of evidence shows that super-efficient buildings
boast higher occupancy rates, increased rental and sales prices,
better employee retention and decreased risk."
Malkin Properties has also made energy retrofits to 13 other
commercial buildings in the New York metropolitan area. If other
commercial buildings follow suit, it could mean a big dent in
the city's energy use. Buildings account for 80% of New York's
carbon emissions, according to PlaNYC. If others followed the
Empire State's example those annual emissions could be cut by 4
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Siemens To Build Largest Federal
Wind Farm For National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has
awarded a contract to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.
(Siemens) to construct the federal government's largest wind
farm. The Pantex wind farm is expected to save an average of
$2.9 million annually over the 20-year contract term. The
installation will consist of five 2.3 megawatt turbines located
on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex
plant in Amarillo.
Using an Energy Savings Performance Contract, Siemens will
provide a turnkey wind farm system that includes a multi-year
service, maintenance and warranty agreement. The cost of the
project will be funded by the energy savings guaranteed by
Siemens and will enable Pantex to meet President Obama's
directive for agencies to meet federal energy mandates as well
as supporting the Department of Energy's renewable energy goals.
The wind farm is expected to generate roughly 47 million
kilowatt hours of clean energy annually, which is more than 60
percent of the electricity required annually for the Pantex
facility. This is enough electricity to power nearly 3,500 homes
and will reduce CO2 emissions by over 35,000 metric tons per
year, which equates to removing over 7,200 cars from the road
each year or planting over 850,000 trees.
The NNSA was established by Congress in 2000 as a separately
organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy,
responsible for the management and security of the nation's
nuclear weapons, nuclear nonproliferation and naval reactor
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COUNTRY Financial Increases Energy
and Operational Efficiency Via Contract With Trane
Trane has completed systems and services upgrades at the
five-story, suburban St. Paul, MN., office of COUNTRY Financial.
Trane's upgrades have reduced energy costs and increased energy
and operational efficiency. COUNTRY provides financial products
and services, serving about 1 million households and businesses
throughout the United States. The retrofits are part of an
ongoing plan to reduce energy costs while improving facility
operations. COUNTRY leaders expect the upgrades completed so far
to save the company more than 8 percent in annual energy costs.
Launched in September 2010, the improvements have also delivered
expected operational efficiencies, reducing the number of
heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) service calls
by 25 percent.
The phased-in approach undertaken by COUNTRY Financial
leaders enabled them to optimize building performance, including
functions at their critical 24/7 data center, even while
reducing facilities staff. Improvements in earlier phases
delivered some savings, while providing tools and data to drive
Initial improvements included a Trane Tracer™ building
automation system (BAS), designed to capture key building
operating parameters. The control system has become a
communications hub used to implement intelligent building
services that allow maintenance staff to optimize building
performance by obtaining automated real-time reporting on
systems performance. The Tracer BAS enables alarm monitoring for
their 24/7 data center. Data generated enables staff to more
easily maintain building performance and address any minor
challenges before they become larger issues.
"We took a phased in, thoughtful approach to improvements
that have enabled us to realize savings through each stage of
building upgrades," said Randy Hagerty, manager of property and
facilities for COUNTRY. "We're pleased that the reduction in
service calls has already shown a significant return on
investment, demonstrating improved building performance even
during limited staff times."
The improvements represent a major step in transforming the
COUNTRY Financial building into a high performance building that
links to its business mission. High performance buildings take a
whole building approach to performance while creating spaces
that are reliable, safe, healthy, comfortable and efficient. The
multi-tenant building, which houses more than 500 occupants,
includes office space, a cafeteria, an exercise room and the
24/7 data center.
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Trane Continues Efficiency Upgrades
at Landmark McGladrey Plaza Building in Downtown Minneapolis
Located at Eighth Street and Nicollet Mall in downtown
Minneapolis, the 419,000-square-foot McGladrey Plaza building
has been owned by United Properties since 1994. McGladrey Plaza
was built in 1968 and underwent a sweeping renovation in 1996
that earned it "Best Remodeled Building of the Year" awards from
the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties and
the Minnesota Shopping Center Association. The building is
managed by Cushman & Wakefield®/NorthMarq, the largest
commercial real estate firm in the upper Midwest, which manages
more than 50 million square feet of retail, industrial and
McGladrey Plaza has been a service contract customer with
Trane® for more than 15 years and is currently using Trane
Tracer Summit™ Controls to operate the building. When it came
time to upgrade the energy performance of the building, leaders
at McGladrey Plaza turned to Trane for help.
The building owners wanted to look at a comprehensive
solution that used innovative technology to ensure tenants were
happy and had a comfortable, reliable working environment. The
Trane team worked with the owner to better understand the future
needs of the facility and identify available options to plan for
reliable operation for decades to come.
The owners selected an option that would minimize the risk of
not being able to provide cooling by keeping redundancy in each
of the chiller plants. The selected, highly efficient solution
reduces energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions
equivalent to removing 81 cars from the road each year.
To keep all of the solutions working correctly, Trane will
support McGladrey Plaza with a 10-year chiller select service
agreement which includes predictive maintenance, overhauls and
Trane R'newal™ Service programs on all four chillers. Trane
R'newal™ Service programs are comprehensive services that ensure
the performance of the chillers and can extend the useful life
of the equipment. These services bring existing units to the
same level of reliability and current technology as offered by a
new Trane chiller.
The leaders at McGladrey Plaza wanted to upgrade the
building's cooling system equipment to improve performance,
ensure the cooling plants were operating as efficiently as
possible, and reduce the risk of critical system failure. They
also wanted to create a safer working environment by upgrading
the life safety equipment in the mechanical rooms.
McGladrey Plaza asked Trane to conduct a preliminary analysis
of the existing cooling system performance, as well as the
building's future cooling and maintenance needs. Trane used this
information to create recommendations for potential upgrade
options that would improve building performance while supporting
the building owner's business mission of creating a comfortable
and productive working environment.
Trane provided a detailed analysis of the cost versus savings
for selected options to help leaders at McGladrey Plaza make a
solid business case for needed upgrades. Trane also provided a
summary of the total investment and a project timeline that
included completing all of the upgrades during the non-cooling
Replacing the 43-year old Trane Centrifugal chillers and
cooling towers had its share of challenges, and the plan put
together had many critical timing components to be considered.
The project needed to be completed during the winter to minimize
the impact on the tenants and their businesses, leaving a short
window of opportunity for the new equipment to be installed.
The equipment on the roof and penthouse required several
blocks of Nicollet Mall to be shut down over a weekend in order
to safely set up for crane operations. The challenge of shutting
down a busy downtown street was only part of the logistical
considerations Trane had to manage, as the crane could only be
operated at that height with a wind speed of less than 11 mph.
The ability that the Trane team had to be flexible and mobilize
a team on short notice was key to the project's success.
The biggest challenge with the lower chiller plant was having
access for bringing the new chillers into the building. Because
of constraints with the design of the building, Trane had to
completely disassemble the chillers, including splitting the
tube shells, to make the pieces small enough to get through
doorways and down stairwells. Upon completion of mobilizing the
equipment, the Trane technicians reassembled the chillers.
During the initial analysis of the plant operation it was
determined that McGladrey Plaza had an opportunity to leverage
their Trane control system to get additional savings and better
system operation by implementing Variable Primary Flow
programming. Pressure independent valves were installed to
control the flow of chilled water and the capabilities were
programmed into the control system.
Trane replaced the four existing centrifugal chillers in the
building's west tower, as well as the chilled water condenser
water pumps and the cooling towers located on the roof of the
building. Trane also installed pressure independent valves to
allow for variable primary flow operation. To address safety
concerns, Trane upgraded the mechanical room ventilation system
to meet ASHRAE 15 requirements.
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Trane Completes Retrofit for
Savannah-Chatham County (GA) Public School System
at Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS)
recently completed infrastructure upgrades anticipated to save
more than $1.2 million in annual utility and operational costs.
The upgrades were completed in July in more than 26 school
buildings throughout the district. The improvements replaced
aging systems to help create a healthy and comfortable learning
environment for the district's students, and a comfortable and
productive workplace for teachers and staff. SCCPSS leaders
funded the upgrades with a performance contract which allowed
the district to use future energy and operational savings to
finance the infrastructure improvements up front.
"We're pleased that we could improve the learning and working
environment throughout the district by increasing energy
efficiency and sustainability, said Mike Coon, senior director
of maintenance and operations for SCCPSS. "It's even better that
we could fund the improved learning and teaching environment
through energy savings, allowing us to maximize funds in a way
that is most supportive of the district's educational goals,"
"We are proud of the accomplishments of Savannah-Chatham
County Public Schools," said David Freedman, executive director
of USGBC Georgia Chapter.
The upgrades represent a major step in transforming district
facilities into high performance buildings that tie to its
educational mission. High performance buildings take a whole
building approach to performance while creating spaces that are
reliable, safe, healthy, comfortable and efficient.
Prior to selecting improvements, SCCPSS leaders completed a
detailed energy audit of district buildings to identify the
infrastructure system upgrades that best met their energy
conservation goals. Based on the results of this evaluation,
SCCPSS chose to upgrade the heating, ventilation and air (HVAC)
systems in 21 district buildings, lighting systems in 26
buildings, and building automation systems in 26 facilities.
The new HVAC and building automation systems upgrades enable
the school district to provide a more productive learning
environment by better controlling classroom temperature and
humidity and indoor air quality. The energy efficient lighting
upgrades significantly improve lighting throughout classrooms in
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Ameresco Acquires ESP and Expands
Enterprise Energy Management Services for Multi-National
Ameresco announced that it has acquired ESP, an
energy management consulting company consisting of The Energy
Services Partnership and ESP Response, located in Castleford,
United Kingdom. With this acquisition, Ameresco adds a local
presence in the UK, expertise and seasoned energy industry
professionals to support multi-national Enterprise Energy
In the United Kingdom, ESP is a leading provider of
innovative energy management solutions, including energy supply,
invoice management and demand response services for commercial,
industrial, manufacturing and utility customers Like Ameresco,
ESP is also supplier independent.
"ESP is an exciting addition to the Ameresco family and will
expand our enterprise energy management services to help support
our multi-national customers that have additional requirements
in the United Kingdom," said George P. Sakellaris, President and
Chief Executive Officer, Ameresco. "With this acquisition, we
add local expertise to our EEM team and extend Ameresco's energy
supply and information services for our commercial, industrial
and manufacturing customers with offices and requirements
outside of North America."
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DOE Selects Eaton for Research Grant
to Develop Next Generation of Energy Efficient Lighting
Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton today announced
that it has received a $2.4 million research grant from the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) to explore the development of energy
efficient lighting products. Eaton's research, slated for
completion in 2015, will aim to improve the manufacturing speed
of light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures by three times over the
typical rate, reduce LED light engine costs by five times and
reduce assembly costs by approximately 50 percent.
"This partnership with industry to produce affordable,
efficient lighting will save consumers money and create American
jobs," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a news release
issued by the DOE. "It's another example of how energy
efficiency is a win-win proposition for our economy."
In comparison to conventional lighting, LED lighting is six
to seven times more efficient and can last up to 25 times
longer. The Eaton project is part of the DOE's broader effort to
facilitate research in the LED lighting sector to reduce the
cost and improve long-lasting quality and performance to make
LEDs the preferred choice in energy-efficient lighting.
"LED is currently more costly than traditional lighting,"
said Mark Eubanks, president, Eaton's Cooper Lighting Division.
"Eaton is focused on innovation that will simplify the design
and manufacturing process to maintain high quality and lower
costs for consumers."
The grant was awarded to Eaton as part of larger $10 million
DOE initiative. Work on the project will be conducted at Eaton's
Research and Technology Center in Menomonee Falls, Wis. and by
Eaton's Cooper Lighting R&D Center in Peachtree City, Ga.
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Energi Shares Best Practices for
Hydraulic Fracturing with Environmental Council of the States
Energi participated in the Environmental Council
of the States' (ECOS) "The Path to New Energy: Hydraulic
Fracturing in Focus" conference, an open dialogue on the
benefits and risks of hydraulic fracturing aimed at advancing
safe and secure production from unconventional resources. As
part of a panel on the benefits of voluntary safety measures,
Energi shared best practices for protecting water resources,
production well completion, wastewater management and well
closure. Energi showed how these practices could increase the
viability of hydraulic fracturing, to attendees including state
environmental regulators, federal governmental agencies and
nonprofits, as well as business and industry officials.
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Toshiba Acquires Assets of Eletta
Toshiba International Corporation (TIC)
has announced that a binding agreement is in place to acquire
all assets and intellectual property from Elettra Technology
Inc. (ETI), a manufacturer of custom electrical industrial
motors based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. With assets including
those from former Westinghouse Motor Company Canada Ltd., the
acquisition is a strategic move for TIC to add its strength in
the electric motor marketplace and support the growth of TIC's
industrial and infrastructure business.
The new company will be named Toshiba Industrial Products
Canada (TIPCA), pending approval, and will continue to operate
with the same employees that are currently staffed by ETI. TIPCA
will relocate manufacturing to a recently renovated facility in
Hamilton with added space and crane capacity. TIPCA's assets
will provide TIC with the ability to manufacture larger motors
and motors that fill complex and special application
requirements, which will further enhance TIC's business
portfolio of large electric motors in the Canadian and global
marketplace. The integration of the two companies will take
place over the next few months.
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Toshiba Completes Expansion of its
Control Plant in Texas
Toshiba International Corporation
recently completed an expansion of its control plant located in
Houston, Texas. The expansion provides an additional 107,000
square feet of manufacturing and office space and is scheduled
to commence production in the new space by fall 2013.
The approximately $20 million capital investment will meet
the need to double the capacity of its medium voltage adjustable
speed drive product line, which has seen substantial growth over
the last two years. The expansion will allow TIC to reduce lead
times to better serve its customers in key markets including Oil
& Gas and Mining. Additionally, the plant will also be
positioned to satisfy the growth in other key product areas
including low voltage adjustable speed drives, motor starters,
and rail transit control systems.
"The expansion will bring an additional 100 jobs to the
Houston area, adding to the large employee growth TIC has had in
the last two years. The 55-acre Houston facility has undergone
three expansions in the last five years, as TIC continues to
build its North American infrastructure and support the needs of
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People in the News
Fulcrum Group Names David F. Bomke
as Assistant Vice President of Operations
Group is pleased to announce the addition of David F. Bomke
as the Assistant Vice President of Operations. His primary role
is to act as a representative of the organization to several key
clients as well as serve as an employee advocate.
Currently, Mr. Bomke serves on the New York City Energy
Policy Task Force, the Energy Committees of the New York
Building Congress and the Building Owners and Managers
Association of Greater New York, the Building Performance
Laboratory, and the Advisory Board of the Greater New York
Construction Users Council. He also serves on the board of the
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, where he currently holds the
position of Vice President of Diversity. Statewide, he has
previously served on the Systems Benefits Charge Advisory Board
and the Appliance Standards Review Committee of the New York
State Energy Research Development Authority and currently serves
on the New York State Evaluation Advisory Group.
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