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NAESCO News

August 2014

Annual Conference Feature
 

Interview with Tim Unruh, FEMP Program Director, US Department of Energy (DOE)
 

NAESCO Updates

New Members 

Industry News

Member Projects

Member News

New Product Showcase

People in the News


Annual Conference Feature

NAESCO 31st Annual Conference & Vendor Showcase November 17-19, 2014, Carlsbad, California, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Selling Energy Efficiency Products and Services Amidst Increased Market Competition and a Changing Landscape

The National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) is pleased to announce that registration and exhibit sales are now open for NAESCO’s 31st Annual Conference & Vendor Showcase. The 2014 Conference will focus on the impact of changes in the marketplace on ESCOs’ customers and partners.

Terry E. Singer, Executive Director of NAESCO said “We are pleased to host the 31st Annual Conference & Vendor Showcase in Southern California this year. The NAESCO Annual Conference is a 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 future course of energy efficiency in response to the many changes being felt in the market. In addition, leading companies exhibiting their products and services in our Vendor Showcase will offer conference attendees the chance to sample the latest advances in innovative technologies.”

Who Should Attend?
NAESCO 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.

Confirmed Speakers, To Date:

  • Graham Richard, Advanced Energy Economy
  • Kate Brandt, Federal Environmental Executive, CEQ
  • Tim Unruh, FEMP, US DOE
  • Kevin Kampschroer, GSA
  • Gene Rodrigues, ICF
  • Jim Lazar, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Stacey Paradis, Midwest Energy Alliance
  • Michael Platner, Van Ness Feldman
  • Elizabeth Stuart, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Francis Wheeler, Water Savers, LLC
  • Peter Flynn, Bostonia Partners
  • Kurt Minko, Retro-Tech Systems
  • Jason Bingham, Trane
  • Steve Kihm, Energy Center of Wisconsin
  • Mike Zimmerman, Building IQ
  • John Petze, SkyFoundry
  • Chris Wheeler, Powersmiths International Corp.

Exhibiting Companies in the Vendor Showcase, To Date:

  • 38 Zeros
  • Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
  • AmerillumBrands
  • Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
  • Auburn Manufacturing
  • Cooper Lighting
  • Daintree Networks, Inc.
  • Fulham Co, Inc.
  • Kobi Electric
  • LED Waves
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Lutron Electronics
  • QSSI Lighting and Electrical Products Group, Inc
  • Window Film Depot

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Interview with Tim Unruh, FEMP Program Director, US Department of Energy (DOE)

Tim Unruh is the Director of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE). As FEMP Director, he oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reduction in energy and water use in federal government operations. He was instrumental in guiding DOE through a streamlining of the Super ESPC contractor selection process.

Formerly, he was Director of Operations for ConEdison Solutions, where he led a team of engineers and project managers to implement energy savings projects in government and private installations. While in this role, he worked to educate energy users on performance contracting methods to achieve energy reduction goals and he was heavily involved in the measurement and verification of energy savings resulting from these projects. He has Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

  1. Can you give us a brief intro to e Project Builder (ePB) and tell us its current status?
    eProject Builder (or ePB) is a free, secure web-based system developed and managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) on behalf of the Energy Department. ePB enables Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and their customers to upload, track and report their Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project-level data through the time of contract award.
     
    ESCOs can also use the centralized database to generate ESPC financial schedules and for quick access to projects they want to showcase to customers or include in RFQ/RFP packages.
     
    eProject Builder version 1.0 is in beta-testing as of June of 2014 and is currently accepting projects in any market sector (e.g., federal, state/local, schools) that are either in the investment-grade audit (IGA) phase or in the early post-acceptance phase. Go to eprojectbuilder.lbl.gov to get started.
     
  2. What is the rollout plan for ePB for the next year?
    This summer and fall, ESCOs and their customers have the chance to try out the system and provide feedback on desired changes and new features to help shape version 2.0 of the system, which is planned for early 2015. The ePB team strongly recommends that ESCOs contact them now in order to get a project in and get the chance to provide feedback this fall. Feedback and comments can be sent to epb-support@lbl.gov.
     
    In terms of development, the ePB team is currently implementing the measurement & verification (M&V) module which will allow the system to accept legacy projects, with years of M&V data, and to begin allowing new projects to input and track annual M&V data.
     
  3. How should ESCOs get familiar with ePB and get trained to use it?
    FEMP recommends that ESCOs and their customers contact the ePB team by emailing epb-support@lbl.gov and ask for: 1) a system account and 2) a demonstration/training webinar.
     
    ESCOs and customers are given accounts on the ePB test site, which is an exact mirror of the main site, so they can try out the system with test projects. Once an ESCO and customer have a project ready to enter in the system, they’ll be given access to the main site and provided technical assistance in initiating their project in ePB.
     
  4. Can you tell us about FEMPs plans to re-compete the "Super ESCO IDIQ contracts? What is the schedule for the re-compete? Are you going to be looking for anything different in this solicitation than in past solicitations?
    DOE intends to solicit ESPCs by way of DOE IDIQ contracts under the authority of 42 USC 8287. DOE anticipates posting of a solicitation before the end of 2014 with an anticipated award by the end of 2015. These dates, however, are subject to change. The notice of intent to solicit can be found on FedBizOpps.gov and on the DOE's forecast site. The Opportunity ID is DE106-16-0001.
     
  5. How is ENABLE going?
    We believe the opportunity with ENABLE remains in its streamlined approach. FEMP has worked to establish a clear model to fulfill the technical portion of the audit and to reduce the amount of oversight needed. Ultimately, it is the goal of the program for the ESCO to move the agency efficiently through the project development process due to the simplified approach. We continue to encourage agencies to develop an internal process to streamline the use of the program, and we further encourage ESCOs to assist agencies in understanding the program and its opportunities.
     
    The first ESPC ENABLE task order was awarded this spring for a lighting and water project at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Deschutes National Forest in Bend, Oregon. The total investment of the project was approximately $330,000, resulting in a contract payback term of about 12 years. It proves the point that small ESPC projects are possible, and we hope to see a lot more of these awarded in the near future.
     
    Additionally, some agencies with smaller sites are beginning to embrace the bundling concept, where they combine multiple sites into one project. We are also having success building frameworks with particular organizations that will allow them to not just work on one project at a time, but multiple projects down the road. As the expertise and organizational frameworks are established, this will have significant benefits in terms of timeliness and standardization, allowing projects to be completed faster with lower transaction costs. This will benefit everyone involved, as well as the larger ESPC program, as these organizations look to address some of their larger facilities.
     
  6. How can ESCOs get involved?
    An ESCO can become a General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 84 vendor and serve as a prime contractor for these projects. To become eligible, an ESCO must first become DOE qualified, before submitting an application in response to the Schedule 84, SIN 246-43 ESPC ENABLE solicitation. Once they meet the requirements in the solicitation, they are issued a contract and can compete for opportunities to win a task order.
     
    Another option is to serve as a sub-contractor to companies that are already on Schedule 84. A sub-contractor may have expertise in a particular area such as water efficiency or solar photovoltaic systems or they may be a manufacturer that provides the actual products or equipment to be installed. They can then team with a vendor already on the Schedule to provide a comprehensive set of services and products to federal agencies.
     
    The final way to become involved is to become a DOE Qualified ESCO in order to compete for a site-specific ESPC ENABLE project. Agencies have the option to go the site-specific route as long as the vendor is DOE qualified.

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NAESCO Updates

Save the Date! NAESCO 2015 Federal Market Workshop, March 19, 2015, Washington, DC

The popular (and always sold out) NAESCO Federal Market Workshop moves to a new venue with greatly increased capacity and enhanced video, presentation, and technology amenities. For 2015, the Workshop will be held at the state-of-the-art FHI360 Conference Center, Connecticut Avenue, NW, just above DC’s vibrantly upscale Dupont Circle, and steps from the flagship Washington Hilton Hotel. The Workshop focus will continue to be on the key elements, updates, changes, processes, and people in the vast Federal energy efficiency market. ESCOS and vendors working in this space, those seeking to break into the Federal market need to be here, as well as those ESCOS and vendors seeking an expanded presence. Mark your calendar and plan on being a part of this informal workshop and networking opportunity.

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179D Update: Lame Duck Session Tax Extenders a Possibility
From the desk of Michael Platner (Van Ness Feldman) and Stefan Bailey (Prime Policy)

As Congress stands adjourned for the August Recess, we want to provide you with an update on NAESCO’s activities in support of extending Section 179D.

Following our March Fly-In, your Prime Policy and Van Ness Feldman team, along with several representatives of NAESCO members located in DC, continued the follow up required after those meetings with a specific focus on making sure the Senate Finance Committee tax extenders package included an extension of Section 179D. In April, those efforts were successful as the Senate Finance Committee reported out an extenders package that included a two-year extension of Section 179D, retroactive to January 1, 2014. That package is still waiting for time on the Senate Floor calendar for consideration of the bill.

At about the same time, the House Ways and Means Committee began considering permanent extension of select expiring tax provisions, mainly those that were permanently extended in the Chairman Camp’s tax reform discussion draft that was released in February. During April, May and June, Chairman Camp held three markups in the Ways and Means Committee to consider the permanent extension of 13 expired tax provisions.

In response, we refocused our attention on members of the House of Representatives, especially those members on the Ways and Means Committee that we believed could be inclined to support the extension of Section 179D. On June 26th, we held a one-day fly-in with five member company representatives in attendance and met with staff in the offices of eight members of the Ways and Means Committee. One common theme emerged from these meetings: no one knows whether Chairman Camp will continue to hold markups in the Ways and Means Committee on the expiring tax provisions or rather discontinue the markups and wait for the Lame Duck session to negotiate with Chairman Wyden on which expiring provisions should be extended and for how long.

This fly-in provided a very good opportunity to continue to make our case to key congressional offices on the benefits of Section 179D and the need for an extension of the deduction as soon as possible. Additional education efforts need to be made, and your Van Ness Feldman and Prime Policy team will continue reaching out to offices to educate them on Section 179D and push for at least a two-year extension to be included in a tax extenders package before the end of this year.

The conventional wisdom remains that Congress will make every effort to clear a tax extenders package before the end of 2014 – likely during the Lame Duck session. A number of staff with whom we met reinforced this thinking. However, the 113th Congress has been notoriously unpredictable, and we must remain vigilant and prepared should efforts develop to delay passage of an extenders package. For that reason, we believe being ready to take advantage of Congressional consideration of any tax legislation requires us to remain active in promoting Section 179D.

The House and Senate are only scheduled to be in session for about 12 days before they adjourn for the November elections. During that time, it is very likely they will be focused on appropriations bills, immigration, and other political issues that may provide one side or the other an advantage in the November elections. Therefore, it is very unlikely that tax extenders will be considered prior to the November elections and we will use August, September and October to continue educating Members and staff on both the Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees about the importance of extending Section 179D. As we do this, we will look for opportunities to get your companies involved to show Members how important this issue is in their states and districts.

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NAESCO Advocacy Report - May 2014

The full version is posted on the NAESCO Member Access Area.

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Accreditation

At the June Board of Directors’ meeting, the Board accepted the recommendation of the Accreditation Committee and voted to reaccredit the following companies following a rigorous Committee review of their managerial and technical competencies.

ESCO Renewal

  • McClure
  • Schneider Energy Service

Provider Renewal

  • Chevron Energy Solutions
  • Noresco
  • Energy Systems Group
  • Johnson Controls

First time applicant Energy Focus was newly accredited an Energy Efficiency Contractor for lighting.

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NAESCO Job Bank Helps Member Companies with Recruiting and Hiring

The NAESCO Job Bank is one of the most popular features on the NAESCO web site, with NAESCO member companies able to post an unlimited number of openings that are online for a full 90 days each at no cost. Page views for the current period average 400+ for each position posted. It is easy to post your searches to the site by going to: www.naesco.org/jobs-submit. Please feel free to forward this link to your human resources team, so your company can get the most from this member benefit.

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New Members

EiKO
Providing lamps and lighting solutions since 1978 in the automotive, industrial, electrical, electronic, audio/video, photographic, and health care industries.

Energy Control, Inc.
Energy Control Inc. (ECI), an OpTerra Energy Company, is an award winning Energy Service Company founded in 1976. The Company's initial model focused on energy engineering and building controls and over time expanded its suite of offerings to include design-build solutions for energy efficiency, renewables, and eventually Smart Grid.

Entegrity
Entegrity specializes in performance-based contracts. For all such projects, we offer a one-stop shop for energy services, construction management, and creative financing solutions.

IES, Indoor Environmental Services
IES provides design, engineering and construction for clients via a Facility Energy Solutions approach. IES is USGBC accredited and certified in green building design, construction and operations.

Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin helps customers implement new energy efficiency programs or adapt existing ones to meet current standards. By combining subject matter expertise with decades of program management experience, Lockheed Martin enables energy customers to confidently invest in solutions that meet their energy savings goals.

PES, Practical Energy Solutions
Practical Energy Solutions (PES) was founded in 2000 as a turnkey service provider offering engineering, design, and installation of energy efficient lighting controls for energy conservation and energy efficient lighting. From its beginning, PES has partnered with energy service companies throughout the country to include comprehensive lighting controls and high performance lighting as measures in energy conservation projects.


Industry News

Energy Department Makes Additional $4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Available for Innovative Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects
The Department of Energy recently issued a loan guarantee solicitation making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. DOE said the solicitation supports President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and "represents the next step in the Department’s commitment to support the deployment of innovative, clean energy technologies at commercial scale" in the United States.

"As the president emphasized in his Climate Action Plan, it is critical that we take an all-of-the above approach to energy in order to cut carbon pollution, help address the effects of climate change and protect our children’s future," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. "Investments in clean, low-carbon energy also provide an economic opportunity. Through previous loan guarantees and other investments, the Department is already helping launch or jump start entire industries in the U.S., from utility-scale wind and solar to nuclear and lower-carbon fossil energy. The announcement will help build on and accelerate that success." DOE said the Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects.

Loan Guarantee Solicitation is intended to support "technologies that are catalytic, replicable, and market-ready." DOE said it is especially interested in advanced grid integration and storage; drop-in biofuels; waste-to-energy; enhancement of existing facilities including micro-hydro or hydro updates to existing non-powered dams; and efficiency improvements.

The Loan Programs Office has a portfolio of roughly $30 billion in loans, loan guarantees, and commitments, supporting about 30 projects nationwide, DOE said. The projects it has backed include one of the world’s largest wind farms and several of the world’s largest solar generation and thermal energy storage systems, the department said.

For more information or to apply, visit the DOE website: energy.gov/lpo/loan-programs-office.

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Energy Efficiency Finance Programs: New Report issued by the State & Local Energy Efficiency Action Network
A new report released by The State & Local Energy Efficiency Action Network indicates that more than 200 energy efficiency loan programs in 49 states are administered by utilities, state/local government agencies, or private lenders. This distributed model for efficiency financing has led to significant variation in program design and implementation practices including how data is collected and used. Inconsistencies in data definitions and collection pose challenges for consolidating and aggregating data across programs. These inconsistencies curb opportunities for increasing efficiency as an energy resource.

Energy Efficiency Finance Programs: Use-case Analysis to Define Data Needs and Guidelines is a new report issued by the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network's Financing Solutions Working Group and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The report makes the case for establishment of common data collection practices for energy efficiency lending. According to the report, common data collection and reporting practices could be beneficial to two key stakeholder groups. Program administrators and policy makers could learn lessons about more effective program design from the comparative analysis of data from diverse program types and approaches and Lenders and investors could use loan performance data to more accurately account for risk and thereby potentially increase lending and lower financing costs. Consistent data collection may also provide an enhanced ability to sell loan pools to replenish program funds. The report reviews existing practices for the collection of four categories of data from energy efficiency financing programs: (1) customer data; (2) financial product and performance data; (3) facility-level data; and (4) energy efficiency project data. The report then identifies high-priority needs, characterizes potential uses for finance program data, and identifies use cases that describe how stakeholders use data for key objectives and actions.

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Johnson Controls’ Global Energy Efficiency Survey Reveals 116 Percent Increase in the Importance of Energy Management Since 2010
Research released by Johnson Controls in its annual Global Energy Efficiency Survey shows energy efficiency interest rose 116 percent globally since 2010, with those who set goals making the greatest strides in reducing energy use. Momentum is also growing for green building certification and green tenant space leasing, although 22 percent cite a lack of funding as the top barrier to investment. The Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator, a global survey of more than 3,000 decision makers in 10 countries, was released at the 24th Annual North American Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, DC.

The survey indicates that 73 percent of respondents worldwide set energy reduction goals within the last year, up from 58 percent two years ago. Among the organizations that set public goals, 72 percent plan to increase energy efficiency investments and nearly a third used external financing to meet those goals. Organizations that set public goals also implemented 50 percent more efficiency measures than institutions without goals.

“The research shows that accountability drives action when it comes to energy efficiency and we think more companies want to find ways to be efficient. However the barriers that our research points to year after year must be resolved first,” said Dave Myers, president of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency.

In the United States, 41 percent of decision makers reduced investments due to uncertainty in government budgeting and tax reform efforts.

Global respondents identified the top policies to improve energy efficiency. Those policies include tax credits or incentives and rebates for implementing efficiency, low-interest include include financing for energy upgrades, stricter building codes and equipment standards, and mandatory energy performance disclosure.

Organizations with public goals and external financing implemented 84 percent more efficiency measures and are nearly three times more likely to increase investments compared to organizations with neither public goals nor external financing.

Respondents seek smarter and more efficient buildings and tenant spaces. Seventy-one percent of building owners indicated they will seek voluntary green building certification, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and an increasing number of tenants prefer to lease in a certified green building and will pay a premium for a green space.

The seventh annual survey of more than 3,000 building owners and operators around the world was led by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency, the International Facility Management Association and the Urban Land Institute.

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Former President Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote at the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) World Energy Engineering Conference (WEEC), Washington, DC
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) will host its 37th annual World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) in Washington, DC, October 1-3, 2014. The 2014 WEEC featured Keynote Speaker will be President Bill Clinton. NAESCO members are invited to attend at a reduced registration rate. Please visit www.energycongress.com and enter code WEEC14CO at checkout. To visit just the the WEEC Expo at no cost, visit www.energycongress.com/FreeExpoPass.

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Member Projects

Energy Systems Group to Build Green Energy Wastewater Facility for the Frederick-Winchester (Virginia) Service Authority
The Frederick Winchester Service Authority (FWSA) signed a $45 million energy performance contract with Energy Systems Group (ESG) for the design and construction of comprehensive energy efficiency and infrastructure improvements at the Opequon Water Reclamation Facility.

This 12.6 million gallon per day enhanced nutrient removal facility has very strict nitrogen and phosphorus removal requirements necessary to help preserve the well-being of the Chesapeake Bay. This project is anticipated to achieve operational savings that will cover not only the cost of the project, but create a revenue stream for FWSA, that will stabilize rates for its customers and promote existing and future economic development in the Winchester City and Frederick County area. The centerpiece of the FWSA project is the construction of a Green Energy Facility, which will process municipal sludge and high-strength organic waste to produce methane gas through the process of anaerobic co-digestion. This methane gas will be utilized to generate up to 848 kilowatts of electricity that, at start-up, will meet more than 50percent of the treatment plant’s electrical needs

This facility also includes a new sludge watering process that reduces the use of chemicals and significantly reduces the amount of bio-solids hauled to the Regional Landfill for final disposal, by approximately 50 percent. The Green Energy Facility will also harvest phosphorus from the wastewater stream, a rare element that is an essential ingredient for fertilizer and crop production. The facility is scheduled to be operational in 2016.

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The Fulcrum Group Implements Energy Management Plan for the Historic University Club of New York
The Fulcrum Group identified over 40% in energy cost savings through a combined approach of conservation and self-generation for the venerable and historic University Club in New York City. The University Club had long desired to sever itself from district steam and thereby reduce its annual operating costs and reduce its carbon footprint. However, the 100 year-old home of the University Club had become dependent on a wide range of steam distribution pressures to serve its heating and process demands.

The Fulcrum team immediately identified all steam demands which could be readily converted and served by a central self-generated hydronic heating system. Conversion to hydronic heating addressed nearly 85% of the total building demands, however it was the last 15% of steam demand that posed the greatest challenge and had been the long-standing barrier to separation from district steam. Through a combination of operational experience, proficiency in new technology, and knowledge of local codes, the Fulcrum team was able to provide local steam generation sources that did not impact the existing operating staff requirements, building aesthetics, programmatic square-footage allocations, or service requirements.

Coupled with a comprehensive energy consumption reduction program that included higher efficiency chilled water generation through heat recovery and thermal storage, equipment scheduling, and variable speed drive application; the overall energy savings were realized through an investment that will pay for itself in less than 4 years.

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Trane Provides Efficient Sports Lighting for City of Vestavia Hills, Alabama -- City Receives Trane’s “Energy Efficiency Leader Award”
City leaders in Vestavia Hills report that replacement of outdated lighting with highly efficient illumination at the city’s sports fields, pool and tennis courts is generating a nearly 50 percent decrease in energy usage. Leaders also anticipate that the more efficient, robust lighting systems could potentially reduce maintenance costs by up to $5,000 a month.

The city funded the improvements through a performance contract with Trane. Prior to the upgrades, some of the city’s outdated fixtures were nearly 30 years old. With better concentrated lighting a result of the upgrades, the city has been able to reduce the number of fixtures from 1,400 to a little over 700, drastically reducing electricity costs. The city’s limited maintenance staff, previously required to visit each park on a schedule to turn the lights on and off, now uses automated controls on the new lighting system to complete the job remotely, saving manpower and electricity.

“We’re pleased that the improved lighting has so significantly increased visibility and safety while saving the city money,” said Brian Davis, director of public services for Vestavia Hills, Ala. “It’s even better that we were able to use future energy and operational savings to fund the improvements without capital outlay.”

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Energy Systems Group and Advanced Disposal, Green Power EMC, Partner on Pecan Row Landfill Gas-to-Electricity Facility at Pecan Row Landfill in Valdosta, Georgia
Representatives from Advanced Disposal, Green Power EMC, and Energy Systems Group (ESG) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate completion of the Pecan Row Landfill Gas-to-Electricity facility at the Pecan Row Landfill in Valdosta, Georgia.

Advanced Disposal partnered with ESG to design, build, own and operate the landfill gas-to-electricity facility at the Pecan Row Landfill. This renewable energy facility will qualify for a federal investment tax credit and is expected to generate 4.8 megawatts (MW) or enough energy to power approximately 2,000 homes.

By capturing the landfill gases, this sustainable project is helping provide environmental benefits equivalent to the removal of emissions from more than 34,000 cars per year or the planting of about 38,000 acres of forest annually.

The power produced will be purchased by Green Power EMC, via a long term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Green Power is a non-profit corporation comprised of 38 of Georgia’s member-owned electric cooperatives. Green Power EMC’s mission is to facilitate procurement and marketing of electricity from renewable sources in Georgia and make it available to its member cooperatives to complement their wholesale power portfolio.

“We’ve been fortunate to find great partners like Advanced Disposal and Green Power EMC to help bring innovative projects like this to fruition,” said Greg Collins, ESG president. He added, “ESG is proud to make this significant investment in the local community and to enhance the environment by converting waste into a power resource. This marks ESG’s third landfill gas project in Georgia, and our sixth in the United States, further exemplifying our strong focus on developing sustainable infrastructure solutions.”

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City of Auburn (New York) Saves $78K Annually With Wendel Energy Services
The City of Auburn improved the energy and operating efficiency of its facilities and wastewater systems via an energy performance contract with Wendel Energy Services. Wendel is assisting the city with reducing its energy consumption and operating expenses, increasing revenue streams, and reducing their carbon footprint. The completed project will yield approximately $78,000 in annual energy savings. Construction is currently in progress and focused on various energy efficiency improvement measures and wastewater system efficiency upgrades, including: interior lighting and lighting controls; exterior lighting; HVAC control upgrades; building envelope improvements; electronic computer controls; grit cyclone and classifier upgrades; base flow pumping and aeration tank feed pump bypass; and retro-commissioning.

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Lutron Electronics Updates the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in Seattle with Light Control Technology to Reduce Energy Use
The Jackson Federal Building renovation in Seattle, Washington, has incorporated a variety of Lutron technologies and light control strategies on 30 floors of the building that have, to-date, reduced overall lighting usage by 45 percent. Additionally, new capabilities that allow facility managers to monitor lighting energy use in real-time make it possible to set usage benchmarks with tenants, turning each tenant into a stakeholder in the total energy-reduction process. New lighting systems included:

  • Centralized light control. Quantum® Total Light Management™ maximizes the efficient use of light to save energy, improve productivity and simplify operations via centralized dimming and switching control of all electric lighting. As shown through the use of tracking software, lighting controls helped to save $289,000 in lighting electricity costs in 2013 alone. The system also easily integrates with other building-management systems via BACNET IP, allowing for better optimization of building systems, greater energy savings, and more effective monitoring and maintenance.
  • Advanced monitoring. Green Glance® monitoring and energy-saving display software for Quantum systems provides facility managers with a real-time snapshot and historic view of the energy savings throughout the building.
  • Dimming ballasts. EcoSystem® H-Series and EC5 series digitally addressable dimming ballasts are programmed, instead of wired, to work individually or as a group to automatically dim lights based on available daylight. The system is currently set to 65 percent of full power as the new “on.” – tuning light levels accounts for connected lighting energy savings of 35 percent, and still maintains recommended light levels throughout the building. And because they are digitally addressable, the ballasts can be easily reconfigured to different sensors, switches, groupings and settings without intrusive and expensive rewiring when space use changes.
  • Daylight harvesting. EcoSystem daylight sensors save energy by dimming or turning off electric lighting when sufficient daylight is available. They are used throughout all perimeter facades, on each floor of the building.
  • Occupancy sensing. Dual-technology occupancy/vacancy sensors turn lights off in a portion of the building when a space is empty and turn lights on when anyone enters.

“Renovations exceeded our goals. We were able to execute the energy overhaul without disturbing or displacing any tenants,” said Christopher Helmer, GSA project manager, Those tenants include a host of federal employees and agencies ranging from the Veterans Administration and Immigration, to Customs Enforcement and the Department of Education.

“Federal budgets are continuing to shrink, but we need to bring new technology to these facilities to save money,” Brendon VanCampen, director of Government and Military Programs for Lutron Electronics explained. “Energy-saving contracts tied to metric-based results are a great way for government facilities to fund capital upgrade projects, and in the long term, they benefit building tenants and taxpayers alike.”

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North Carolina A&T State University Selects NORESCO for $3.8 Million Energy Infrastructure Project
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) and NORESCO have entered into a $3.8 million guaranteed energy savings agreement for work on the Greensboro, North Carolina, campus.

The project is funded by reductions in energy usage over a 17.25-year contract term, with no upfront cost to taxpayers for improvements to university buildings and systems. It includes lighting, steam system and weatherization improvements, installation of new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls, retro-commissioning at selected buildings and a preventive maintenance program. Construction is expected to occur over 14 months.

As part of the agreement, NORESCO guarantees annual energy consumption savings of more than $300,000 after the improvements are fully implemented. Energy reductions will also reduce the carbon footprint of the university, with an expected annual improvement equivalent to removing 881 cars from the roadways.

N.C. A&T began collaboration with NORESCO in 2012 to deliver the university’s first energy savings performance contract to identify opportunities and implement initiatives designed to conserve energy, reduce costs and create sustainable solutions for the campus. Improvements to buildings, infrastructure and learning environments will support the university’s continuing growth from its roots as a land-grant institution, established in 1891, to contemporary leadership roles in fields such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy and the environment.

University students participated hands-on as the project began with energy audits of campus buildings and equipment. Other university students and students from local K-12 schools gained exposure to the project and the energy-efficiency industry through campus educational events, such as Earth Day programs and energy fairs. The local economy benefits from NORESCO’s subcontracting plan, developed in conjunction with the university, which calls for use of local and in-state talent to deliver the majority of the project. A significant portion of work is expected to be subcontracted to minority firms.

"N.C. A&T leaders recognized the environmental and financial benefit of reducing energy consumption and applying the value of energy savings to building improvements," said Jim Williams, regional general manager, NORESCO. "NORESCO is pleased the university has entrusted a project to us that will deliver energy savings and fuel the intellectual enthusiasm of students, faculty and staff members."

Added Melissa Hargrove, senior account executive, NORESCO, "Not so long ago, I was a student at N.C. A&T taking the same engineering courses that current students I’ve met are taking. I am proud to support my alma mater as both an alumna and a contractor, and I am excited about the building improvements the university and NORESCO will deliver to the campus community together."

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St. Helena Unified School District (California) Engaged Indoor Environmental Services (IES) for Facility Energy Efficiency Upgrade
Four schools in the St. Helena Unified School District, St. Helena, California, have been updated by IES. Benefits resulting from the project included a 16% District energy cost reduction realizing $64,334 a year, plus $13,423 a year in operational savings due to deferred maintenance on the lighting systems and a 10-year extended warranty on new HVAC equipment. The District also received utility rebates of $20,895.

Project applications, solutions and upgrades included:

  • Lighting systems retrofit throughout the District.
  • Replacement of total of six inefficient Heat Pump HVAC systems with the new high efficiency gas-fired systems.
  • Installation of a total of 125 Title 24 compliant thermostats, easily operated by the school staff.
  • Installation of a Tridium web-based Building Automation System with graphics for the Historic District Office and Auditorium Buildings.
  • Installation of a Tridium web based Building Automation System with graphics for Primary School Buildings. Program new Tridium control system to minimize equipment run times and to improve the HVAC system’s efficiency.
  • Installation of “Vending Misers” resulting in reduced energy use of school vending machines.
  • Installation of Energy Star EZ Save software program developed by DOE in conjunction with ENERGY STAR, approved by EPA and sponsored by PG&E.
  • Installation of energy efficient trash compactor at St. Helena High School site.

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Anderson County (Kentucky) Schools Invest in Energy Conservation and Building Improvements Via EPC with Energy Systems Group (ESG)
The Anderson County Commission has approved a 15-year contract with Energy Systems Group (ESG) to design and implement a $9.7 million energy efficiency and building modernization project throughout the Anderson County School District. The seventeen county schools will receive energy improvements including upgrades to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, electrical systems, new windows, energy efficient lights, water conservation measures, advanced energy management controls and new suspended ceiling systems. The school system will save an estimated $620,000 per year in reduced energy expenditure.

The Anderson County School System serves approximately 6,500+ students.

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Village of Silver Creek (New York) Partners with Wendel Energy Services to Save $175K Annually on Energy Expense
Wendel Energy Services is assisting the Village of Silver Creek in their efforts to improve energy and operating efficiency in their facilities and wastewater treatment plant through an energy performance contract. The goal is to reduce the village’s energy consumption and operating expenses. In addition, the EPC will reduce the village’s carbon footprint, making a positive impact on the environment.

Wendel performed a Comprehensive Energy Audit focused on various building and plant energy efficiency improvement measures, including lighting and lighting controls, building envelope improvements, door replacements, HVAC system upgrades, and aeration diffuser/blower upgrades. Wendel also helped the village to obtain approximately $1,327,000 in incentives for this project.

Currently under construction, annual savings guaranteed to the village after project completion is approximately $175,000.

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Bath County (Kentucky) Schools and Ameresco Kickoff Comprehensive Guaranteed Energy Savings Project
Ameresco, Inc. has commenced a Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract project with the Bath County Board of Education. The comprehensive $1.88 million GESC project is expected to save the District nearly $75,000 annually in energy and operational costs. It includes both traditional and non-traditional energy conservation measures (ECMs) across seven facilities.

As part of the energy savings contract, Ameresco will enhance the facilities spanning 295,735 square feet with ECMs including lighting upgrades and renovations, water retrofits, vending machine controls, mechanical and HVAC upgrades, building automation system enhancements, and building envelope upgrades. The project also features a behavior change educational component, an energy tracking system and a utility dashboard.

The energy usage savings is expected to reduce the District’s combined annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by over 540 metric tons a year. This reduction in CO2 emissions is equivalent to removing approximately 970 passenger cars from the road a year, removing the electrical usage of over 111 homes a year, and planting the equivalent of 1,320 acres of trees per year.

Ameresco was originally selected through a competitive RFP process to audit and assess Bath County School’s facilities, enabling it to uncover and reinvest energy cost savings back into its facilities.

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Army National Guard Awards Ameresco Energy Savings Performance Contract for National Headquarters
Ameresco, Inc. announced that the Army National Guard has awarded Ameresco an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) task order to improve the energy efficiency of the Army National Guard headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. The budget-neutral project utilizes Ameresco’s master ESPC with the Department of Energy and is expected to reduce the headquarters’ energy consumption by over 20 percent through IT system efficiencies and upgrades to the headquarters’ lighting and cooling systems.

“Ameresco is proud to support the Army National Guard as they enhance their energy efficiency and continue to lead by example at their national headquarters,” said Nicole Bulgarino, Vice President, Federal Solutions, Ameresco. “From high efficiency lighting to virtual desktops, this project maximizes every square inch of opportunity to save energy and operate efficiently.”

The U.S. Army National Guard Readiness Center is the national headquarters for the central command and coordination of all state-wide Army National Guard units throughout the country. The 17 acre complex, just outside of Washington, D.C., includes two major buildings known as Arlington Hall Station 1, built in 1992, and Arlington Hall Station 2, built in 2011.

As part of the ESPC, Ameresco will install five major energy conservation measures across 500,000 square feet of office space to reduce total site energy consumption by 21 percent. The ESPC is expected to yield energy and operations and maintenance savings of more than $738,000 annually. One primary measure to reduce electrical demand addresses IT systems by virtualizing over 3,000 PC desktop workstations and streamlining print management. This IT improvement will save electricity by using low-power terminals versus personal computers.

Combined with upgrades to the headquarters’ lighting systems, including the installation of over 7,600 high efficiency lighting fixtures, the ESPC will save 27,771 MBtu annually which has an emissions reduction equivalent to removing approximately 1,100 automobiles from the road each year.

The ESPC also will improve the buildings’ central cooling system by replacing the existing chiller and restoring the functionality of the existing ice storage tanks, which have been inoperable. These ice storage tanks which are underground, will cool water for the HVAC system during off-peak hours to reduce daytime peak demand, which saves on electricity costs.

Additionally, interior water conservation measures and irrigation system improvements are expected to reduce water consumption by 17 percent annually, saving more than 1.7 million gallons of water per year.

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Miami-Dade County Receives $1.135 Million from ConEdison Solutions
Miami-Dade County received $1.135 million from ConEdison Solutions resulting from the federal 179D allocation associated with recent improvements completed by ConEdison Solutions to the County’s downtown chilled water system.


Representatives from ConEdison Solutions present
Miami-Dade County with $1.135 million check.

The system serves 12 major facilities, including County Hall, several courthouses, the Network Access Point of the Americas, and the American Airlines Arena. Associated system improvements were specifically engineered to qualify for the federal tax incentives while additionally benefiting Miami-Dade County by being self-funded over a 15 year period through energy cost reduction.

In addition to the cash rebate realized through the work of the County’s Office of Sustainability, the increased energy efficiency of the chilled water system resulted in a 585,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) annual electric savings and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 327 metric tons per year in support of GreenPrint, the County Sustainability Plan. The improved efficiency of the system allowed the system to serve additional county facilities in the area while saving energy. System expansions were partially funded by the County’s Energy Performance Contracting Program, managed by the County’s Internal Services Department, through its Facilities and Utilities Management Division. The County engaged Efficiency Energy LLC in 2012, to establish and administer its 179D allocation process and secure unclaimed resources as a new and unanticipated source for savings. The 179D tax benefit was established through the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which created a tax deduction of up to $1.80 a square-foot from qualifying building retrofits and new construction projects. Since government entities do not pay taxes, under the 179D Special Rule for Government-Owned Buildings, they may allocate the benefit to a tax-paying ‘Designer’ and receive savings in return for the allocation. In this case, ConEdison Solutions served as the County’s partner in achieving this tax benefit through implementation of an energy performance contract.

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Member News

AECOM Acquires URS Corporation
AECOM and URS Corporation has announced the execution of a definitive agreement under which AECOM will acquire all outstanding shares of URS for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately US$4 billion or US$56.31 per URS share.

The combined company will be a leading, fully integrated infrastructure and federal services provider with more than 95,000 employees in 150 countries. “This combination creates an industry leader with the ability to deliver more capabilities from a broad global platform to reach more clients in more industry end markets,” said Michael S. Burke, AECOM president and chief executive officer. “Clients, employees and stockholders of both companies will benefit from the opportunities created by these expanded capabilities, broad global reach in key growth markets and economies of scale. In one step, we will dramatically accelerate our strategy of creating an integrated delivery platform with superior capabilities to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world.”

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Aireko Continues to Diversify and Expand Geographically into Mainland US Via Tustin Group Subsidiary – Acquires QSA
Aireko Construction Corporation, one of Puerto Rico's leading construction firms, is expanding Tustin Group, its mainland US-based subsidiary, by focusing on providing service for HVAC, mechanical & electrical systems, and energy-efficiency and renewable-energy solutions. The move responds to a directive by Aireko's board to grow the service part of its business due to the slowdown in the local construction industry as a result of the eight-year- long economic slump.

In 2011, Aireko invested in Norristown, Pa.-based Tustin Group, a 120-employee, HVAC & mechanical systems solutions provider for commercial, institutional and industrial customers in the Delaware and Lehigh valleys and southern New Jersey for more than 20 years.

"For 50 years, people locally have known Aireko more for its construction work than as a service company. We provide service—which has been a growing part of the business—as Aireko Services & Installation," José "Josen" Rossi, Aireko's chairman & chief innovation officer, explained. "When the company decided it was important to grow our service side of the business in the mainland US, we got together and invested in Tustin Group, which is now a part of Aireko."

Grupo Guayacán Chairman Francisco Uriarte, who has also been an Aireko board member for the past five years, has been a lead consultant for Aireko's merger & acquisition efforts, serving as "marriage maker" for the Tustin Group acquisition. Uriarte joined the executive- owner ranks as president of Aireko Capital, a division created to handle Aireko's growth in the mainland US, as well as Central America and the Caribbean. Through Uriarte's efforts, Tustin Group acquired Elizabeth, N.J.-based QSA, a provider of HVAC, energy & water maintenance solutions for buildings and a general construction provider.

"With the QSA acquisition, Tustin Group expands into north New Jersey and New York, with projections to grow the HVAC, energy, water, building maintenance solutions and general construction services in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic, growing from $20 million to $50 million in sales by 2017," Rossi said.

Aireko companies, including Tustin Group, provide $110 million annually in building construction and services, with $85 million of that figure coming from Puerto Rico, $5 million from the Caribbean and $20 million from the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. Aireko has 550 employees in Puerto Rico.

"Since Aireko acquired Tustin Group, one of the largest service companies in the tri-state area [of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey], the company has grown 30%," commented Tus Sasser, Tustin Group president, which he founded in 1992. The "cross-pollination" of Aireko's and Tustin Group's employees has already started, with both companies benefiting from each other's strengths and shared clients, Sasser added.

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New Product Showcase

LFE Solutions Introduces Innovative, Cost-Effective, LED Troffer Retrofit
LFE Solutions is pleased to introduce to NAESCO members a safe and simple-to-install cost-effective LED troffer retrofit kit by LiteTronics, the first fluorescent troffer retrofit solution that installs in less than 3 minutes. Powerful, rare earth magnets secure the retrofit kit to the existing housing, allowing for hands-free installation. In less than the time needed to change a ballast, existing fixture can be changed into energy-saving LED lights projected to last years, maintenance-free.

Benefits of the new LED troffer retrofit include: 85,000-hour rated life; 7-year warranty;
Installs in less than 3 minutes; no need to break into the ceiling platen Universal 120-277V driver; designed to preserve the optical output and aesthetics of your fixture; shatterproof and safe for food service applications. To learn more about LITETRONICS or NAESCO Gold Sponsor, LFE Solutions, go to www.LFESolutions.com.

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Lutron Introduces New Total Light Management Software: Quantum Vue Web-based Software Interfaces With Llighting Control Management Systems From Any Mobile Device
Lutron Electronics announced that its powerful Quantum® Total Light Management™ System will now offer Quantum Vue building management software, accessible from smart phones, tablets, or desktop computers. Quantum Vue helps streamline the energy management process by enabling facilities and energy efficiency resource managers to access their installation lighting control anytime from anywhere. The intuitive Quantum Vue software helps manage lighting throughout a building or installation by monitoring and reporting all of the lighting energy used in a space. Government users can easily optimize lighting energy performance while reducing maintenance and operating costs.

“Quantum Vue can now provide immediate access to important system information whenever you need it,” said Andy Wakefield, Director of Government and OEM Solutions, Lutron. “Government energy professionals can now interface with their lighting control systems from any computer, tablet, or smartphone and run reports, export data to other applications, and monitor the system performance with this revolutionary new software.”

The Quantum Vue software application will be available starting in September 2014.

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People in the News

Wendel Energy Services Names Andrew Bukaty as CEM Senior Project Development Manager
Wendel Energy Services is pleased to announce the addition of talented Energy Engineer, Andrew D. Bukaty, CEM to its team. Mr. Bukaty will be assisting Wendel with the development and execution of projects focused on the education and municipal markets.

His experience consists of energy efficiency analysis and evaluation, design and preparation, and construction of energy conservation measures at a variety of facilities. He has provided project cost estimates, system equipment selection and photometric analysis. His expertise encompasses the production of comprehensive energy audits, computer simulation building modeling, project design and specification, construction management services, mmissioning, and measurement and verification of energy efficiency projects.In addition to his mechanical engineering degree, Mr. Bukaty is trained in the application and use of the U.S. Department of Energy’s DOE2 building modeling software. He has successfully developed DOE-2 computer models of several buildings to simulate energy consumption and costs.

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Michael Healy, LEED AP, Selected as Senior Account Manager at Wendel Energy Services
Wendel Energy Services Group is proud to announce the hire of Michael J. Healy, LEED AP as Senior Account Manager. Mr. Healy will serve Wendel in developing new energy services opportunities. Mr. Healy’s role is to ensure each of Wendel’s clients is able to build trusting relationships with key staff, and receive Wendel’s best efforts to accomplish all of their project goals and objectives. His experience consists of bringing innovative energy solutions to clients by leveraging energy efficiency technologies and engineering expertise. In addition to being a LEED Accredited Professional, Mr. Healy has completed the OSHA 10 hour Construction Certification and attended the Project Management Institute.

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