NAESCO Advocacy Initiatives
NAESCO's advocacy work in 2015 has been built around growing market
opportunities for ESCOS and their key providers and partners and we expect to
build on this effort in 2016. Key priorities include the following:
- Ensuring that federal administrative policies continue the high level of
performance contracting work generated by the President's aggregate target
of $4 billion of projects;
- Supporting national and state policy initiatives that will boost energy
efficiency and performance contracting;
- Proactively advocating for ESCO business friendly laws, regulations, and
guidelines, such as supporting the extension of federal tax deductions and
credits that boost energy efficiency and performance contracting;
- Defending ESCO enabling legislation or policies that are under attack;
- Working to relieve the bottlenecks that are crippling state buildings
ESPC programs in several states with large potential ESPC markets.
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Federal ESPC Program
- NAESCO continues to focus on facilitating the implementation of the $4
billion performance contracting projects commitment made by the President.
- NAESCO is working with FEMP and LBNL to facilitate the rollout of the
eProject Builder (ePB) system to ESCOs in the federal marketplace.
- NAESCO is also working with FEMP and LBNL on an updated ESCO industry
market survey. Initial results were presented at the 2015 Annual Conference
in New Orleans and the full study is expected to be released by the 2Q of
- NAESCO is working with the National Association of State Energy
Officials (NASEO) and the Energy Services Coalition (ESC) to assist the US
Department of Energy in getting states and cities to commit to the ESPC
Accelerator, which is part of the national Better Buildings Challenge, and
seeks to implement an incremental $2 billion (over and above the
business-as-usual) growth of the ESCO industry in the next two years.
179D and Tax Reform
NAESCO has worked successfully for the last two years with a group of interested
NAESCO members and the lobbying firms Van Ness Feldman (VNF) and Prime Policy
Group (PPG) to secure the extension of the Section 179D deductions for energy
efficiency work in commercial buildings. We were initially successful obtaining
a one year extension for 2014 and most recently at the end of 2015 helped obtain
a two year extension for 2015-16. NAESCO held multiple Congressional lobbying
days in 2014-2015 meeting with over 100 offices, Republicans and Democrats. We
are in the process of forming a group for 2016 to work to ensure that the 179D
deduction is preserved as part of any tax reform legislation considered this
session or, at a minimum, is contained in a year-end tax extenders package.
Section 111 D of the Clean Air Act (Clean Power Plan)
NAESCO has joined a group of ten ESCOs that developed a substantial White Paper
and a formal comment document on the proposed rule for submittal to the EPA in
2014. The EPA, in response to the efforts of these ESCOs and our
consultant (AJW) formally recognized the role of performance contracting as a
distinct vehicle for delivering energy efficiency and said it would work with
the industry to establish the infrastructure required for ESCOs to claim credit
for the emissions reductions their projects produce and to trade the credits in
national or state exchanges. Comments on the Federal Implementation Plan (for
states that decide not to implement their own plan) and on energy efficiency
EM&V are due on January 21. After that, the advocacy activities shift away from
the EPA to the states that are drafting compliance plans for submittal in 2016.
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State Advocacy Issues
During 2015, NAESCO's state advocacy efforts were divided between defending
against legislative attempts to cripple successful ESPC programs and working
proactively to expand ESPC programs in states that have significant unrealized
market potential. On the defensive side, NAESCO has focused its efforts working
with member ESCOS and other interested organizations in Minnesota, Kansas,
Mississippi, Ohio, and Wisconsin to defeat legislation and regulations that
would hurt ESPC programs.
On the proactive side, the NAESCO Board Strategic Planning Committee
developed a list of ten priority states. All ESCOs were invited to submit their
priorities. The priority states include California, New York, Nevada, Texas,
Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Florida, and Arizona.
California - Legislation and Regulatory Proceedings
In California, NAESCO and other parties have argued for the last decade that the
existing CPUC policy frustrated the state's energy resource edict that utilities
should procure all cost effective energy efficiency before procuring other
resources. On September 11, the California legislature passed AB 802, which will
dramatically expand the scope of the incentives available for California EE
projects, by changing the baseline from which project savings are calculated.
The passage of AB 802 will require that the California EE programs be
extensively reworked in 2016 and participation in this effort will be a priority
for NAESCO. NAESCO plans to add an additional lobbyist to its team in 2016 to
assist in these efforts.
R13-11-005 - Conclusion of Phase I (2015
Programs) and Beginning of Phase II (Rolling Cycle)
NAESCO submitted comments in Phase II of the Proposed Decision to prevent the
superimposition of a cumbersome project and program administrative structure
onto the simple mandate of AB 802.
Lack of Innovative Programs
The 2015 and 2016 utility EE program proposals appear to be continuing the trend
for utilities to minimize funding for innovative third party residential and
small business programs. NAESCO has urged in its comments that the CPUC order
the utilities to substantially increase their funding for innovative programs
New York - Reforming the Energy Vision
The New York State Public Service Commission is in the middle of a proceeding to
consider the future of the utility and NYSERDA energy efficiency programs and
the NYSERDA R&D programs and EE financing programs. NYSERDA has published a
draft proposal on which NAESCO has submitted comments. NAESCO is also
participating on the PACE Advisory Board of the EnergizeNY financing program,
and has been part of a group of national EE experts that reviewed key elements
of the NYSERDA proposal. NAESCO expects that participation in the New York PSC
proceedings will be a priority in 2016.
In Illinois, NAESCO is supporting the Illinois EE coalition that is working to
maintain the funding for public buildings EE projects. NAESCO is also part of a
coalition that supports legislation that would expand the states EERS and RPS
requirements, which appeared in the spring to be making progress, but has been
postponed by the ongoing state budget crisis.
In response to requests from member ESCOs, NAESCO convened a working group of
ESCOs to confront the challenge to the performance contracting business by CESA
10, a state-chartered cooperative that was competing with ESCOs for projects,
and was not meeting the requirements of state law for those projects. The
working group was successful in getting CESA 10 to back down, though their
withdrawal from the ESCO business was also due to some significant internal
The goal of our activities in Pennsylvania is to get the Wolf administration to
re-start the Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement which had been the largest
state buildings ESPC program in the country until disbanded by Governor Corbett.
In addition, NAESCO has been asked by the Philadelphia Energy Authority to
provide input on the design of an aggressive new citywide ESPC program.
NAESCO convened a working group of ESCOs to defeat KS HB 2418, which was
introduced by a state representative whose family owns a general contracting
company and which would effectively outlaw performance contracting in the K-12
school market. NAESCO hired an experienced KS lobbyist, and met with the
sponsoring legislator. We are now, at his invitation, proposing modifications to
HB 2418 that would deal with the problems he identified (principally due to
chronic understaffing of the Facilities Conservation Improvement Program that
had been the champion for ESPC) without crippling the ESCO industry.
NAESCO is working with a group of member ESCOs to contest changes in the state
performance contracting program rules that were imposed last summer without the
proper administrative procedures. As a result of NAESCO actions, the MDA in the
early fall issued an RFI for best practices in performance contracting programs
and recently issued for public comment, some proposed rule changes.
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Section 179D Extended
FROM THE DESK OF MICHAEL PLATNER (VanNess Feldman) AND STEFAN BAILEY
(Prime Policy Group)
On Friday, December 12, 2015, President Obama signed into law HR 2029, the
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which extends the Section 179D
deduction through 2016. The legislation also updates the standard to
ASHRAE 2007 for projects placed in service in 2016. In addition, the bill
amends the Section 179 expensing provision to allow HVAC equipment in commercial
buildings to qualify as Section 179 property and be immediately expensed by
small businesses that are eligible for 179 expensing.
The extension of Section 179D represents a tremendous success for NAESCO, the
member companies and our combined efforts. NAESCO and its member
companies' willingness over the previous years to devote time and resources to
the advocacy in support of the extension was absolutely crucial to our success.
While the landscape for extenders has changed dramatically following the
year-end tax bill, we firmly believe Congress will work on tax issues (including
extenders) in 2016. Speaker Ryan and Chairman Brady have both said the
House will continue to work on laying the ground work for tax reform during 2016
to set forth the Republican agenda for the post 2016 elections. In
addition, there will be an opportunity for another tax bill in the lame duck
after the 2016 elections. There is a strong desire by many Members to
extend these provisions in advance, so they can have an incentive effect, rather
than having them expire and renewing them retroactively.
The year-end tax bill may have eliminated 20 of the 50 provisions from
consideration in 2016, however, every single one of the extenders that now
expire at the end of 2016 are very important to many interests groups and each
one of those groups will be working to promote their provision over the next
year. That list includes 13 energy tax provisions including Section 179D.
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News From the Association
Acuity Brands, Inc.
Acuity Brands is a North American market leader and one of the world's leading
providers of lighting solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications. With
fiscal year 2014 net sales of over $2.4 billion, Acuity Brands employs
approximately 7,000 associates and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with
operations throughout North America, in Europe, and Asia. Our innovative
lighting solutions cover both conventional fixtures and advanced solid-state
technology that can seamlessly integrate with powerful digital controls and
daylighting to create greater energy efficiencies and a higher quality of light.
Our century of tradition, our current financial strength and our commitment to a
sustainable future, provides us with an opportunity to grow, innovate and
further capture the rapidly growing market opportunities before us.
Acuity's lighting solutions
A multi-faceted resource for power generation and conservation, GEM Energy is a
trusted adviser to leading organizations in the institutional, industrial,
governmental and commercial sectors. While what we do is technically complex,
it's simple to explain: We optimize the efficiency of your facility for reduced
operating costs. Our expertise includes combined heat and power (CHP) system
design and integration as well as comprehensive solar development from funding
through array installation. We procure energy, design building control systems,
perform preventive HVAC maintenance service, and have design/build capabilities
to manage your energy productivity project from construction through
Gem Energy's solar project at the Toledo Zoo
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2016 Federal Market Workshop in March
NAESCO Federal Market Workshop
March 10, 2016 - Washington, DC
Maximizing Energy Savings and Meeting High Performance Objectives at
Federal Facilities through Strategic Use of ESPCs and UESCs
- Achieving Federal Energy Savings and GHG Mandates
- Accelerating and Maintaining Federal ESPC and UESC Momentum
- Assessing the Impact of Changes in the Utility Industry on the Market
for EE and RE
- What's New in FEMP M&V Version 4.0 Guidelines
- Congressional Energy and Environmental Initiatives in a Presidential
How Do I Register for the Workshop?
Online registration is open for the Federal Market Workshop to be held
on March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Space is limited, and the NAESCO Federal
Market Workshop sells out quickly every year, so please register soon in order
to secure seats for you and your team.
When & Where Is the Workshop?
Thursday, March 10, 2016, 8:00AM to 3:00PM. Continental Breakfast and Networking
FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
NAESCO Does Not have a block of hotel rooms reserved for this event.
Click here for a list of area hotels.
Thank you to our 2016 Federal Market Workshop Sponsors:
Platinum - Networking Lunch
Gold - Continental Welcome Breakfast
Silver - Workshop App Sponsor
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New Slate of Board Officers Elected
During the Annual Conference held last November in New Orleans, NAESCO Board
of Directors elected new officers to a two-year term. Natasha Shah, Vice
President of Southland Energy is the new Chairperson and leads the Board of
Directors in oversight of NAESCO's management, communication and outreach
initiatives, as well as advocacy efforts. Greg Collins, President of Energy
Systems Group serves as Vice Chairman, Charles McGinnis, Senior Director of
Energy Solutions for Johnson Controls serves as Corporate Secretary, and Scott
Ririe, Managing Partner of Control Technology and Solutions will continue to
serve as Treasurer. NAESCO is very appreciative of the hard work and leadership
provided by the previous slate of officers which consisted of David Weiss as
Chairman, Mike Kearney as Vice Chairman, Natasha Shah as Corporate Secretary,
and Scott Ririe as Treasurer.
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The second round of the Accreditation Program for 2015 culminated in the
acceptance by the NAESCO Board of Directors of the recommendations of the NAESCO
Accreditation Committee. The Board voted to renew the accreditation of the
following companies that were up for renewal:
- ESCO Renewals
- ABM Building and Energy Solutions
- Climatec BTG
- Wendel Energy Services
- ESP Renewal
- Energy Systems Group
Congratulations to all of these companies who underwent a rigorous evaluation
process by the NAESCO Accreditation Committee which is comprised of an
independent body of reviewers.
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Accredited Member Spotlight - Climatec
Congratulations to Climatec for recently completing the necessary
requirements to become a NAESCO reaccredited company. Founded in 1975,
Climatec is a leader in the application of advanced building technologies,
delivering workplace comfort and energy efficiency. As a systems
integrator, they capture the value of legacy systems and bridge building
automation, life safety, security and enterprise energy management into seamless
Climatec works in the education, healthcare, government,
manufacturing, commercial office, public works, and hospitality sectors. Recent
projects include Harrah's Casino in Lake Tahoe, Chase Field in Phoenix, and an
ongoing, 53-building project at Edward's Air Force Base.
When asked, why NAESCO Accreditation is important to Climatec, Steve
Siverson, President, said "Because NAESCO requires applicants and members
undergo a rigorous evaluation of their project history, customer references and
energy savings statistics in order to receive and maintain their accreditation,
our customers commonly use this accreditation as a pre-qualification or minimum
requirement. In doing so, our customers can employ this as a method for both
eliminating unqualified ESCOs, and for ensuring respondents will be able to meet
the rigorous financial and performance obligations required by traditional
energy performance contracting programs. For this and many other reasons,
Climatec feels that maintaining our accreditation by NAESCO is one of the best
investments we can make in our business."
Climatec recently completed an extensive project for the Hesperia, CA Unified
School District for infrastructure improvements and the modernization of heating
and cooling systems for 300 classrooms as well as LED lighting retrofits and a
computer power management system. Read a case study on this project
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Affiliate Advisory Committee Report
In response to interest by NAESCO affiliate members in having a more active
role in NAESCO, the Affiliate Advisory Committee was formed in November 2015.
Rhonda Courtney of Energy Focus has agreed to chair this Committee with the
support of NAESCO staff and several Board members including David Weiss of
Bywater Partners who will serve as a liaison between the Board and Advisory
Committee and Kurt Minko who serves as the Affiliate representative to the
The committee has identified three key priorities for 2016 and subcommittees
have been formed to work towards achieving the objectives identified.
Webinars/Workshops - The subcommittee will work with affiliate members
to identify and develop webinar educational training and workshop session topics
that cover emerging industry trends and practices, disruptive technologies
already in the market, or, on the immediate horizon, and key financial and legal
issues that should be a priority consideration during the project development
and implementation process.
The Webinar subcommittee is planning to produce three new webinars in 2016,
with the first occurring in late March. More details will be available
Advocacy - This subcommittee will serve as a point of contact with
Donald Gilligan and the NAESCO Advocacy and Strategic Planning Committee as the
advocacy strategy for 2016 is developed and executed.
Value Proposition - The Affiliate Value Proposition subcommittee will
work to expand the Affiliate Value Proposition in order to increase the benefits
and maximize the overall value of being a NAESCO affiliate member.
All NAESCO affiliate members are encouraged to have a member of their team
participate on the committee and on one of the subcommittees. If
interested, or you would like more information, please contact Heidi Walters at
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Annual Sponsorships Available
Supporting NAESCO through Annual Sponsorship allows NAESCO to continue to
provide a range of market building initiatives as well as high-quality
conferences and workshops while raising a member company's visibility and status
as a market leader. We want to thank our current 2016 Annual Sponsors.
Philips and Lutron serve as Platinum sponsors; Synergy Companies,
UCONS, and Walker Reid Strategies serve as Gold sponsors; and Forest Lighting
serves as a Silver sponsor.
In 2016, NAESCO is enhancing the prominence of annual sponsor logos on the
home page of the website and in event announcements. We have also
augmented the annual sponsor benefits for 2016, which include, an increased
number of registrations for all NAESCO events (Platinum), choice of booth
location at the Annual Conference & Vendor Showcase (Platinum, Gold and Silver),
participation in the Annual Conference Planning Committee (Platinum and Gold),
and banner advertising in each issue of NAESCO News (Platinum). The
complete list of benefits for each sponsor level can be found in the
2016 Annual Sponsor Prospectus.
Become an Annual Sponsor this month so your company can take full advantage
of the benefits offered throughout the coming year. Those interested should
contact Heidi Walters at Heidi@naesco.org
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Follow Us on Social Media
Follow NAESCO on Twitter as: @NAESCONews and on LinkedIn as: "NAESCO" for the
latest news from State and Federal advocacy efforts, upcoming workshops,
conferences, and webinars and other industry related news.
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Report - January 2016 Future
Opportunities and Challenges with Using Demand Response as a Resource in
Distribution System Operation and Planning Activities
This report acknowledges that the U.S. electric grid is aging and predicted to
require substantial investment in the near future to maintain reliability.
At the same time, distributed energy resources, especially those with variable
and the potential for two-way power flows, are gaining traction in areas served
by the distribution portion of the grid. As the penetration level of such
resources approaches the physical hosting capacity of the system, increasing
numbers of locations on the distribution grid will be challenged. The
authors suggest that these factors create a need to reassess planning and
operation practices, particularly at the distribution level and focus on the
option of demand response. The research described in this paper characterizes
the abilities as well as limitations of current and future demand response
opportunities to contribute to distribution system management. The report and an
associated presentation that summarizes the key findings can be downloaded
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ACEEE Report, How Information and Communications Technologies Will
Change the Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification of Energy Efficiency
This report reviews traditional EM&V practices, explores new enabling
technologies including the Internet of Things and remote building analysis, and
describes the application of information and communications technologies to each
stage of the EM&V process. The report then projects ways forward through a
number of challenges (e.g., data overload) and concludes that ICT-enabled EM&V
could eventually change the design of efficiency programs and the
responsibilities of program administrators, implementers, and evaluators.
Download the report here.
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NEEP Report, The Changing EM&V Paradigm: A review of Key Trends and New
Developments, and Their Implications on Current and Future EM&V Practices
This report reviews how new data analytic tools serve to help identify savings
opportunities and engaging customers in programs like never before, and explores
the potential for advanced data collection (e.g. AMI, smart meters) and data
analytics to improve and streamline the evaluation process. Download the report
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Ameresco and National Archives and Records Administration Commemorate
Award-Winning Energy Conservation Project
Ameresco joined officials at the National Archives and Records
Administration II (NARA) in College Park, Maryland, to commemorate an
award-winning multi-phase energy conservation project which began in 2005.
Ameresco has completed construction of the most recent phase of an Energy
Savings Performance Contract which provided for $7.3 million of new
improvements, including water irrigation upgrades, rooftop solar and
high-efficiency improvements to the lighting and HVAC systems in NARA's record
During the past decade, Ameresco has used a combination of federal contract
vehicles to assist NARA in achieving their energy and sustainability goals,
including the U.S. Department of Energy ESPC IDIQ and GSA Schedules. Energy
conservation measures installed include a broad spectrum of high-efficiency and
sustainable upgrades, including upgrades to the Energy Management System--a
mission-critical system that maintains archival-quality storage of national
historic records and artifacts.
Combined, approximately $23 million in improvements have been installed by
Ameresco at Archives I in Washington, DC, and Archives II in Maryland. Measures
include cool roofs, vegetative green roofs, LED lighting, high-efficiency HVAC,
cogeneration, building controls optimization, water conservation, rainwater
harvesting, mechanical upgrades, solar, and composting. The compost system at
Archives II is producing approximately 1,000 pounds of compost daily which is
used on site, thus reducing the need for purchasing mulch and hauling the waste.
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Climatec is recognized by
Phoenix Business Journal's Best Places to Work 2015
Climatec announced its recognition as one of Phoenix's 2015 Best Places
to Work, presented by the Phoenix Business Journal. Each year, the Business
Journal celebrates employers who create the most rewarding work environments in
Arizona. Climatec is ranked 10th out of 20 in the large-sized companies'
category. One hundred and fifteen companies divided into five categories, were
honored at the 13th Annual Best Places to Work event.
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Energy Focus Business Development Director, Rhonda Courtney, Appointed Chair for
NAESCO Affiliate Advisory Committee
Energy Focus announced that Rhonda Courtney, business development
director for Energy Focus, has been appointed the National Association of Energy
Service Companies Affiliate Advisory Committee Chair. The newly formed Affiliate
Advisory Committee was created to drive critical support to all affiliate
members and enhance educational efforts around evolving new energy efficient
technologies, financing and development of comprehensive efficiency projects.
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FMI Advises OST Energy in Acquisition by Edif ERA
Edif ERA has acquired OST Energy Ltd. FMI Capital Advisors acted as the
exclusive financial advisor to OST for this transaction. OST, based in London,
is an award winning, global independent engineering consultancy specializing in
technical advisory services for the renewable energy market, offering a complete
package of services for investors, lenders, IPPs, utilities and developers. Edif
ERA works in critical industries and environments world-wide, providing
engineering and consultancy services to reduce risk, optimize performance and
enhance capability, giving customers the confidence to build operational
success. OST will enhance the Edif ERA offering by providing a through-life
suite of services to the renewable energy market.
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Hannon Armstrong Completes $100.5 million, A-Rated, 19 Year Term, 4.28%
Sustainable Yield BondsTM Offering With CarbonCountTM Score of 0.39 MT/$1000
Hannon Armstrong a leading provider of debt and equity financing to the
energy efficiency and renewable energy markets, recently completed an offering
of A-rated (Kroll) Sustainable Yield Bonds issued by its indirect subsidiary and
secured by a portion of its utility scale solar and wind real estate related
assets. The transaction was certified by the Alliance to Save Energy's
CarbonCount, with a score of 0.39 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions
reduced annually per $1,000 of investment.
The bonds consist of a senior class of bonds (the "Class A
Bonds") in an aggregate principal amount of $100,500,000 with an
interest rate of 4.28%. The junior class of bonds (the "Class B
Bonds") consists of $18,112,000 aggregate principal amount with
an interest rate of 5.00% and was retained by the Company. Both
classes of notes have an anticipated repayment date in October
2034. Hannon Armstrong Capital, LLC, the operating subsidiary of
the Company, will act as servicer for the securitization.
The Class A Bonds received an investment grade rating of A
and the Class B Bonds received a rating of BBB from the Kroll
Bond Rating Agency, Inc. The Company believes that the rating
reflects the predictability and quality of the cash flows of the
underlying assets, with strong, experienced publicly rated
project sponsors and off-takers. This is a new asset class in
the asset-backed securities market and the first Hannon
Armstrong issuance to achieve a public investment grade rating.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as structuring agent for the
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NORESCO Provides Services for Eli Lilly Project Named New Jersey Association of
Energy Engineers Energy Project of the Year
The New Jersey Association of Energy Engineers selected energy and
infrastructure improvements at Eli Lilly and Company's Branchburg campus as the
2014 Energy Project of the Year. NORESCO provided energy audit services
for the project, which was recently recognized at the NJAEE's annual awards gala
in Woodbridge, New Jersey.
Lilly launched an initiative in 2009 to reduce energy intensity at its
Branchburg, New Jersey, bio-pharma campus. NORESCO provided an extensive energy
audit of the six-building campus, producing a list of more than 70 energy
conservation measures for consideration. Highlights of the project include
high-efficiency lighting upgrades, building envelope improvements, boiler
controls upgrades, process-water system improvements, air flow improvements and
installation of a new Carrier high-efficiency chiller.
Lilly completed implementation of the energy conservation measures in 2014 in
its 270,000 square-foot manufacturing facility, known as Building BB50. The
diverse mix of improvements saves energy in base facility systems and in
manufacturing processes. Energy bills reflected energy savings of $700,000 from
overall implementation that reduced annual electric use by 4.5 million
kilowatt-hours and annual natural gas use by more than 56,000 therms. The $2.1
million construction cost was partially offset by more than $600,000 in
incentives through the New Jersey Office of Clean Energy Pay for Performance
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Southland's Natasha Shah, Writes Article on Energy Management for
Facility Executive Magazine
In the recent issue of Facility Executive Magazine, Southland Energy's
Vice President Natasha Shah wrote an article highlighting ten strategies for
energy management. Link to complete article
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Stinson Leonard Street Recognized Among the Top National Law Firms in the 2016
Best Law Firms Ranking
Stinson Leonard Street LLP has been named one of the best law firms in
the nation in multiple key practice areas in the 2016 Best Law Firms ranking.
The annual survey by U.S. News and Best Lawyers reviews more than 11,000 law
firms and 120 practice areas within 170 metropolitan areas and eight states. The
results are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and peer
reviews and independent research. This year, twelve of Stinson Leonard Street's
practice areas ranked in National Tier 1, nine in National Tier 2 and thirteen
in National Tier 3, for a total of 34 practice areas earning national attention
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The Union Star R-II School
District (MO) selects Energy Solutions Professionals for Energy Efficiency
The Union Star R-II School District (MO) has selected Energy Solutions
Professionals as their partner in upgrading the heating, cooling and
electrical systems for the district. A new high-efficiency variable refrigerant
flow system will be installed that will add cooling, improve overall comfort,
and significantly reduce the district's reliance on propane. The project is
scheduled to be completed by August 1, 2016 so that students and staff can enjoy
much cooler classrooms when school resumes after the summer break.
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Ameresco Partners with Newport
News Public Schools for Second Round of Energy Savings Performance Contracts
Ameresco and the Newport News Public Schools announced they are
partnering on a comprehensive $14.8 million Energy Savings Performance Contract
to improve buildings and increase operational efficiency. The infrastructure
upgrades are expected to deliver greater energy efficiency and operational cost
savings, enhance comfort for building occupants, reduce greenhouse gasses and
emissions, and demonstrate the schools' ongoing commitment to environmental
The ESPC project includes upgrades that will be implemented in 50 buildings
comprised of approximately 4.3 million square feet. At Riverside and Sedgefield
Elementary Schools, the heating, ventilation and cooling systems will be
completely replaced and upgraded to a high efficiency water source heat pump
system to provide both heating and cooling. In addition, Deer Park Elementary
School will benefit from a complete boiler plant renovation. Some of the energy
savings measures under this ESPC include: updated exterior lighting systems, LED
technology and controls; energy management systems upgrades; bi-polar ionization
and demand control ventilation (DCV); building envelope improvements; domestic
water conservation; HVAC system renovations; boiler and chiller replacements;
and other stringent energy control measures.
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ABM to Reduce Energy and Operating Costs of Irwin County (GA) School System by
ABM Building Solutions business is performing extensive energy and
facility improvements to public school buildings in Irwin County, Georgia.
Following project completion in December 2015, ABM's Bundled Energy Solutions
program guarantees the Irwin County School System will save more than $5.7
million in energy and operating costs over the next 15 years, cutting the
district's energy usage by an expected 35%.
The improvements are projected to create annual energy savings of 1.98
million kWh, reduce annual propane usage by almost 1,300 gallons and cut annual
potable water usage by over 600,000 gallons. The installation of all LED
lighting across the school system alone will save in excess of 500,000 kWh of
electricity annually. This project also enables the school district to provide
an HVAC system for the physical education facility of the Irwin County Middle
and High School.
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Electric Partners with City of Tupelo
Schneider Electric announced the start of construction on a $5 million
energy savings performance contract project with the city of Tupelo,
Mississippi. The project will transform the city's buildings and community areas
to improve the quality of life for residents and promote local economic
development. It is expected to reduce the city of Tupelo's utility budget by 18
percent, saving more than $140,000 in annual energy costs or $2.8 million over
the life of the project.
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ABM to Reduce Southern California Federal Buildings' Energy and Operating Costs
by Nearly $50 Million
ABM announced it has signed a contract with the U.S. General Services
Administration to begin a second phase of extensive energy and facility
improvements to federal buildings throughout Southern California, including the
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles; the U.S. Social Security
Building in Huntington Park; the 300 North Los Angeles Building; the Glenn M.
Anderson Federal Building in Long Beach; and the Ronald Reagan Federal Building
and U.S. Courthouse in Santa Ana.
In all, ABM's Bundled Energy Solutions program guarantees savings of at least
$48.4 million in energy and operating costs over the next 20 years, reducing the
buildings' energy use by 38 percent.
ABM recently completed the first phase of the multi-million dollar contract
for GSA which centered on retrofitting the central plant's HVAC system and
upgrading building automation controls to regulate energy usage. This upgrade is
expected to reduce energy consumption by 25 percent. The central plant is shared
by the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and the 300 NLA Building.
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Johnson Controls Helps One of the World's Largest Commercial Buildings Regulate
Johnson Controls is bringing its battery technology and building systems
expertise to the growing energy storage market by installing distributed energy
storage technology in Chicago's iconic Merchandise Mart, one of the world's
largest commercial buildings and wholesale design centers. This represents one
of a number of energy storage projects in development by Johnson Controls for
customers across North America.
Identifying the need to install a distributed energy storage system through
its partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Program, the
Merchandise Mart chose to partner with Johnson Controls to enhance its energy
storage capabilities. The Merchandise Mart has relied on Johnson Controls'
Integrated Demand Resources Group for many years to generate energy savings
through multiple demand response programs. Leveraging this new energy storage
solution, the Merchandise Mart will be able to participate in advanced fast
response programs such as frequency regulation to adjust demand in response to
changing conditions on the electric grid. Johnson Controls' Active Load
Management strategy coupled with distributed energy storage, which is being used
by the Merchandise Mart, has the potential to reduce a facility's annual
electric spending up to 35 percent.
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Entegrity Guarantees Harrison Schools (AR) over $140K in Annual Savings
Harrison Public Schools Board of Directors in Harrison, Arkansas voted to
approve a district-wide energy conservation project with Entegrity.
The project includes a comprehensive LED lighting upgrade, replacement of
nearly forty percent of the district's HVAC units, and several other
Entegrity has guaranteed Harrison Schools that the project will generate over
$140,000 in annual energy and operational savings. Utility incentives from
Entergy and SourceGas, which are estimated at over $200,000 for the project,
will also be used to fund the work.
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Systems Group's Energy Efficiency Upgrades Will Reduce Costs and Improve
Learning Environment at Selma City Schools
Energy Systems Group and Selma City Schools in Alabama have partnered to
develop and implement comprehensive energy and infrastructure improvements. The
$5.9 million project is anticipated to result in more than $9.3 million of total
energy and operational savings over the 20-year term of the contract.
ESG will implement comprehensive energy conservation measures and building
improvements including interior and exterior lighting upgrades, new energy
management control systems in all buildings, occupancy sensors, water
conservation upgrades, weatherization upgrades in all buildings,
de-stratification fans in four gyms, and heating, ventilation, and air
conditioning system upgrades at Hudson Middle School, Meadowview
Elementary School, and Payne Elementary School. The HVAC upgrades include
state-of-the-art variable refrigerant volume systems which allow buildings to
run at high efficiencies while providing comfort and flexible temperature
The energy conservation measures will reduce Selma City Schools' carbon
footprint by approximately 1,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which
is equivalent to planting 1,300 acres of forest per year.
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Knox County and Ameresco Partner for 5 MW Solar Project at 14 Knox County
Schools and Facilities
Ameresco and Knox County Schools recently gathered at the Knox County
Central Building in Knoxville, Tennessee to commemorate the completion of the
first of 14 solar arrays that are being installed at schools and select
facilities throughout the county. Ameresco was selected by Knox County to
install more than 5 megawatts of solar photovoltaic systems on the
rooftops of 11 schools plus the Central Building, and ground mount solar arrays
at the Detention and Juvenile Justice Facilities. The $12.45 million project is
scheduled to be completed in early 2016, and is expected to provide more than
$29 million in energy savings to the County, as well as generating an aggregate
approximately $14 million in positive bottom line cash flow for the County over
the next 30 years.
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State University Selects Energy Solutions Professionals for $10.5 Million
Truman State University and Energy Solutions Professionals are partnering
on a $10.5 million project to address energy-saving opportunities, major
infrastructure upgrades and deferred maintenance needs that will be paid for by
over $1 million dollars in annual energy and operational savings.
A wide array of upgrades will be used to save energy, including LED and
fluorescent lighting retrofits and lighting controls; water saving devices;
building envelope improvements; enhancements to the building automation system;
heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment upgrades and replacements;
retro-commissioning; chiller replacements; boiler replacements; duct and pipe
insulation; lab hood improvements; steam trap replacements; and improvements to
the steam distribution and condensate systems.
The environmental benefits from the project include a reduction of 9,521
metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is the equivalent of
removing over 2,000 passenger vehicles from the road each year.
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Helps FAA Reduce Water, Energy Use
NORESCO and the Federal Aviation Administration recently showcased new
renewable energy and water efficiency improvements at FAA Northern California
TRACON, a regional radar control center. The project features a 1-megawatt
photovoltaic system that can meet 50 percent of the center's annual electricity
needs. The photovoltaic system was funded through the sale of renewable power to
the FAA. A portion of the power is produced from photovoltaic-covered parking
structures, which serve as a renewable energy plant that provides charging
stations for electric vehicles, and offers shaded, covered parking for employees
at the site.
NORESCO also provided lighting and controls upgrades, and water conservation
through innovative xeriscape landscaping, which reduces or eliminates the need
for supplemental water from irrigation. Additionally, by using locally recycled
tire rubber as mulch for the hardscape, the project prevented more than 60,000
tires from entering landfills.
Combining savings from the solar power system with the other energy-saving
measures, the site will save $9.3 million over the 20-year contract term.
Overall, the project will reduce water and energy usage by 40 percent and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by 46 percent. The project is also designed to improve
operations, reduce maintenance costs and improve comfort and operating
conditions for the staff at this critical 24/7 facility.
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New Product and Services Showcase
Acuity Introduces 179D deduction calculator based on new ASHRAE Baseline
Various incentive programs exist to encourage the use of energy efficient
equipment in lighting projects. These include tax incentives by various
jurisdictions and rebates from states and utility companies. Acuity has created
a website dedicated to Epact along with a calculator to determine the deduction
for lighting based on the new ASHRAE 90.1 2007 baseline for 2016. The site can be viewed
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Forest Lighting Announces New T8 LED Lamp Designed for Both Ballast-Compatible
and Direct-Wire Applications
Forest Lighting has announced the availability of new T8 LED Linear
Lamps, named UniV8TM, designed for both Direct-Wire and
Ballast-Compatible applications. UniV8 LED Lamps give energy
service companies, and their customers, a simplified choice when selecting
products for lighting retrofit applications. It is UL Listed and DLC
Certified, a requirement for obtaining rebates from utilities and
The Forest Lighting Univ8 T8 LED Lamp is four feet long, and available
in 15W and 19W models. Four color temperatures are available: 3500K,
4100K, 5000K, and 6000K. CRI is >80 RA, and the efficacy range is up to
115 lumens per watt. It will last 50,000 hours.
Forest Lighting UniV8TM LED Lamp
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Demystify Energy Codes with Lutron's Commercial Application Guides
Lutron recently announced the availability of its free, online Commercial
Application Guides that will dramatically simplify the process for facilities
staff, energy managers, contractors and engineers to stay up to date with
rapidly-changing U.S. energy codes. Designed to provide users with examples of
how Lutron controls can be used to meet or exceed ASHRAE 90.1-2010, IECC 2012
and Title 24-2013 code requirements, the Lutron Commercial Application Guides
lay out different spaces and explain the setup of each space and corresponding
products in a simple and user-friendly way.
Lutron also announced the availability of an online tool to help lighting
designers, consulting engineers, electrical distributors and contractors quickly
find luminaires equipped with Lutron high-performance LED drivers.
The database is searchable by manufacturer, luminaire category, type,
mounting options, dimensions, lumen output and color temperature. These
search filters help customers generate specifications that can be added to any
project luminaire schedule.
The tool also conveniently links to participating manufacturer's
specification submittal cut sheets so customers can find everything they need in
one place. Lutron plans to make this information easily accessible in the
near future with other Lutron design and energy audit e-tools meant for lighting
and installation professionals.
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Energy Efficiency Plan to Garner $8B in Benefits
According to Energy Efficient Markets, the new Massachusetts energy
efficiency plan for 2016-2018 offers $8 billion in economic, environmental and
energy benefits which cited information released by the Executive Office of
Energy and Environmental Affairs. That amounts to three dollars for every dollar
invested. The state intends to cut electricity use by 2.93 percent and gas by
1.24 percent, based on retail sales. The new plan creates more aggressive energy
savings goals than the previous three year plan -- a 15 percent increase in
electric savings and a 10 percent increase in gas savings.
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Industry Pays Attention to Energy Efficiency
According to Energy Manager Today, Hilton Worldwide said that it has
first hospitality company to gain Superior Energy Performance (SEP) from the
U.S. Department of Energy. The company gained the recognition at three
lodges: The Washington Hilton, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
and the Hilton Union Square San Francisco. The Washington property, which will
host the 2016 Better Buildings Summit, was SEP Platinum Certified. It used 15.85
percent less energy than its 20011 baseline. The Hawaii and San Francisco
properties were SEP Silver Certified. They achieved 8.4 percent and 6.3 percent
reductions from their 2011 baselines, respectively. Last year, the company as a
whole gained was certified for ISO 50001 Energy Management.
ARIA Resort & Casino, a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, said that it was adding
200,000 square feet of space. The $154 million project by the MGM Resorts
International and World Development Corp.
will be built to LEED Gold Standard, the company said. MGM last year
installed a 6.4 MW solar array to serve The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in
Las Vegas, which has the potential to provide 20 percent of its energy. MGM is
part of the American Business Act on Climate Pledge and has pledged to reduce
its energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020. Part of that initiative will be
the conversion of 1.3 million lights to LEDs.
The article cited a study by Arvind Upadhyay and Sushil Mohan - both from
the Business School of the University of Brighton, UK - and U.K.-based hotel
development and investment consultant
breaking down typical hotel energy usage: 63 percent goes to room heating and
hot water; 11 percent to the kitchen; 6 percent to air conditioning; 4 percent
to lights, television and radio; 4 percent to laundry; 1 percent to ventilation
and 11 percent to miscellaneous uses.
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House, Senate Energy Policy Bills Include Provisions to Boost Performance
NAESCO President Donald Gilligan was quoted in the December 7, 2015 Bloomberg
BNA's Federal Contracts Report. He said that directives in the House and
Senate energy policy bills (H.R. 8, S. 2012) for widening use of
performance-based contracts will "put some additional teeth" into the
president's push to make the government more energy efficient.
There has been "substantial progress" on agencies' use of performance-based
contracts because of executive initiatives boosting performance contracting over
the last few years, according to Gilligan. H.R. 8, passed by the House Dec. 3,
and S. 2012, placed on the Senate calendar last September, requires agencies to
consider energy savings performance contracting and utility energy services
contracting to meet new performance goals related to energy information
technology systems. The original bills took a similar approach to making federal
buildings more energy efficient by encouraging, but not mandating, agency use of
ESPCs and UESCs to meet energy efficiency goals.
They also would require annual reports from agencies updating the status of
energy contracts, including their investment value, a comparison of guaranteed
energy savings to actual savings achieved in the previous year, and year-ahead
projections for new performance-based contracts.
The reports also are to include the rationale for failing to implement
previous plans for these contracts. Asking agencies why "they didn't do these
projects" could prove to be "really interesting," Gilligan said, particularly in
light of the 2009 federal building audits identifying $8 billion to $9 billion
in energy cost savings over a 10-year period.
The CBO Scoring requirements, however, were stripped from the House bill
before it went to the floor.
Jennifer Schafer, executive director of the Federal Performance Contracting
Coalition (FPCC), said in the same Bloomberg BNA article that all bill
language that would explicitly increase use of ESPCs was removed after being
reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office. CBO scores legislation related to
ESPCs and UESCs on a mandatory basis that doesn't account for the long-term
discretionary savings guaranteed under the contracts.
Schafer also said that Senate legislation triggering use of ESPCs is now
scored as budget-neutral -- the same approach the administration takes -- under
changes in the joint budget resolution passed earlier this year. This allows for
the provisions in S. 2012 clarifying ESPC statutory requirements and extending
federal energy reduction goals without providing for offsets, she said.
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Energy Use by
Federal Agencies Continues to Decline
The Energy Vortex reported that according to the Federal Energy
Management Program, energy consumption by the U.S. federal government fell to
0.94 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in fiscal year (FY) 2014, the
lowest level since data collection began in FY 1975. Declines in jet fuel
consumption by the U.S. Department of Defense accounted for most of the decrease
in federal energy use.
In FY 2014, energy consumption by the U.S. Department of Defense made up 78%
of total federal energy use. Civilian agencies such as the U.S. Postal Service,
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Energy
accounted for the next highest percentages of total federal energy use at 5%,
3%, and 3%, respectively.
The Energy Independence Act of 2007 included energy reduction goals for
federal agencies, including targets for reducing energy intensity and fossil
fuel consumption in buildings, reducing petroleum consumption in transportation
fleets, and increasing the use of alternative fuels. An Executive Order
established additional federal government goals to reduce energy consumption and
energy-related emissions. Among the goals are:
Renewable and alternative energy sources: A target of 25% of federal
building energy use to be sourced from renewable and alternative sources by FY
2025, with an intermediate goal of 10% by FY 2016. In FY 2014, 6.1% of the
energy used in federal buildings came from renewables.
Greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle fleets: A 30% decrease in
per-mile greenhouse gas emissions from agency fleet vehicles by FY 2025 compared
with an FY 2014 baseline. Over the previous five fiscal years, greenhouse gas
emissions from the federal fleet have fallen by a total of 3%.
Energy intensity: An annual 2.5% reduction through FY 2025 in federal
building energy intensity, measured in Btu per square foot compared to the FY
2015 baseline. From FY 2003 to FY 2014, the federal government reduced building
energy intensity an average of 1.9% per year.
Water intensity: A 36% reduction in water intensity in federal
buildings, measured in gallons per square foot, by FY 2025 compared with an FY
2007 baseline. Federal agencies have already reduced water intensity by 21%
compared with the baseline.
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CaliforniaFIRST Program Launches in San Bernardino County
Homeowners in San Bernardino County, California will now be able to make
cost-saving, environmentally friendly upgrades after the county's Board of
Supervisors voted last week to opt in to the
CaliforniaFIRST is Renew Financial's flagship PACE (Property Assessed Clean
Energy) financing program and is geared toward residential and commercial
properties. More than 200 cities and counties across California have adopted the
program and now property owners in San Bernardino County can immediately take
advantage of this process to finance energy efficient and water conservation
For more information:
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SB 350 Signed into Law Making Great Strides for Energy Efficiency in
By Jan Berman, Senior Director of Energy Efficiency Strategy, Research and
Analytics, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Austin Whitman, Director
of Regulatory Affairs, FirstFuel
Governor Jerry Brown, joined by a diverse group of utilities and industry
partners, made history recently by signing into law California's most ambitious
climate goals to date. The Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of
2015 (also known as Senate Bill 350) calls for a 50 percent increase in building
efficiency by 2030. Adopted in conjunction, Assembly Bill 802 provides the means
to meet this goal by changing the way energy savings in buildings are measured.
Combined, these two mandates expand the opportunity for Californians to pursue
energy efficiency as a key part of reaching the state's overall climate goals.
Using technology to advance energy efficiency
Together, the bills empower utilities to take advantage of recent technology
advances in energy efficiency to help customers simultaneously decrease energy
consumption, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By allowing
utilities to leverage California's investment in SmartMeters, Assembly Bill 802
changes the way energy savings in buildings are measured. The bill shifts away
from using building codes as a baseline to determine energy efficiency, and
standardizes by using a building's actual energy consumption measured at the
By allowing utilities to pair meter data with data analytics to find and
measure savings, Assembly Bill 802 empowers customers to reduce usage in their
energy system as a whole, rather than focusing narrowly on replacement of
equipment. Customers will be able to better track how they reduce energy waste
in commercial buildings, as well as at home, and be incentivized for doing so.
Utilities will play a major role as trusted advisors for customers,
leveraging the latest in data analytics, energy modeling, and other
technologies. In this role, California utilities will need to:
- Support their customers' energy efficiency actions by leveraging the
wide variety of energy efficiency programs and tools they have developed as
national leaders in energy efficiency program delivery
- Participate in the development of energy saving building codes and home
or workplace appliance standards
- Explore new programs and opportunities for increasing efficiency and
eliminating energy waste by measuring savings based on reduced energy
A case study on meter-based savings
Customer intelligence technology is already helping to kick start this wave of
new energy efficiency programs and tools. The 10 million gas and electric
SmartMeters across PG&E's service area allow the company's customers to take
control of their energy use through data via online tools and energy alerts.
With advanced meter data analytics, PG&E will increasingly be able to tailor
recommendations for each and every customer, as well as track the impacts of
energy efficiency at the individual building level. Both bills pave the way for
PG&E customers to become even more efficient through no-to-low cost operational
and behavioral changes.
Building a better California through energy efficiency
Meeting the ambitious goals of Senate Bill 350 presents huge opportunities for
California and the future of energy efficiency, but will take work. By
collaborating closely with customers, utilities have the tools at hand to make
it happen. Leveraging data to provide building-specific insight helps customers
make smarter energy choices, and opens the door for utility system benefits such
as reducing peak load and incorporating energy efficiency into distribution
SB 350 and AB802 pave the way for utilities to do more to help customers save
both energy and money with energy efficiency programs - working together to
build a better California for the future.
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