NAESCO is pleased to report that the Federal Market Workshop, held in Washington, DC on March 10, was one of the largest and most successful workshops in its eleven year history, thanks to the enthusiastic support of the sponsors, a top-notch program with speakers and topics attracting a wide range of companies, and ample networking opportunities.
The keynote was given by White House Chief Sustainability Officer on Environmental Quality, Christine Harada. A Bloomberg BNA article, about the Federal Market Workshop, highlights some of the panel discussions and Harada's speech addressing President Obama's challenge to the government to sign $4 billion worth of energy efficiency contracts by the end of 2016. So far, agencies have awarded $2.5 billion in contracts to energy service companies, resulting in a 930,000-ton reduction to the government's carbon footprint.
Terry E. Singer, NAESCO Executive Director, said "We were very pleased to have welcomed an outstanding group of speakers who provided the audience with an up to the minute report on the various federal initiatives underway to accelerate the use of energy efficiency at federal buildings through ESPCs and UESCs."
NAESCO gratefully acknowledges our Federal Workshop Sponsors:
Platinum - Networking Lunch
November 15-17, 2016, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Phoenix, AZ
Accredited by NAESCO in 2015, Kentucky-based Harshaw Trane is one of the state's largest and most experienced ESCOs. In business for 40 years, Harshaw Trane continues to be committed to sustainability across all areas of its business, from the environments its energy experts create to lasting partnerships with clients. Named an ENERGY STAR Executive member, 53% of the Commonwealth's 2015 ENERGY STAR buildings were submitted by Harshaw Trane.
Harshaw Trane is a professional services company that delivers innovative technology and systems that optimize performance while minimizing energy use and reducing costs over the entire lifecycle of a building. Each service or solution is designed to meet the specific needs of our commercial, institutional, industrial and process application customers.
A notable recent success story is Christian County Schools, located in Hopkinsville, KY. The district received new HVAC systems as well as new interior and exterior lighting, new ceilings and windows, and equipment for water conservation. In addition, Intelligent Services, a real time energy services program offered by Harshaw Trane, was installed to monitor energy and performance 24 /7, in real time. This is Kentucky's largest Guaranteed Savings Project in public schools to date. As a result of the upgrades, the energy savings will be used to pay for the project over time, closing the gap between available funds and facility needs.
"Harshaw Trane's NAESCO accreditation further demonstrates our investment in optimizing our client's facilities and assets. Energy has become increasingly important in our marketplace and this preeminent accreditation illustrates our commitment to leadership in the energy services industry." -- Ty Vierling, Energy Services Leader, Harshaw Trane
The Affiliate Advisory Committee has been busy ensuring the three key priorities for 2016 are being addressed through its corresponding subcommittees.
Webinars/Workshops -- The Webinars and Workshops subcommittee produced its first webinar of the year, Applying 179D for Maximum Benefit, which was held on March 21. David Diaz, Director of Business Development, Walker Reid Strategies and Paula Pyles, Managing Member, Concord Energy Strategies presented. If you missed the webinar, but would like to access the recording, it is available on the Members Only area of the NAESCO website. The subcommittee plans to offer at least two more webinars in September and December.
The subcommittee has also been developing speakers and content for the upcoming, Technology and Financing Workshop to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 1-2, 2016.
Advocacy -- The Advocacy subcommittee will serve as a point of contact to NAESCO President, Donald Gilligan and the NAESCO Advocacy and Strategic Planning Committee of the Board of Directors as the advocacy strategy for 2016 is developed and executed. Currently, the subcommittee is focusing on ways to support advocacy efforts identified in key states. To support this effort, NAESCO will be sending a brief email asking members to list all the states in which their companies do business. The information will be used to enhance the advocacy network for NAESCO to draw upon for relevant advocacy efforts.
Value Proposition - The Affiliate Value Proposition subcommittee has been working to expand the Affiliate Value Proposition in order to increase the benefits and maximize the overall value of being a NAESCO affiliate member. The subcommittee has been working with NAESCO staff to research offering Continuing Education Credits, (CEUs) for NAESCO webinars and workshop and conference sessions, including at the upcoming Technology and Financing Workshop in Louisville.
All NAESCO ESA and AESA members are encouraged to have a member of their team participate on the Affiliate Advisory Committee and on one of the subcommittees. If interested, or you would like more information, please contact Heidi Walters at Heidi@naesco.org.
NAESCO is making some enhancements to the website for added value to the membership. Most recently, the website was updated to be tablet and smartphone compatible, making pages easier to navigate while using these devices.
Other improvements include adding a dedicated Membership Tab and a Twitter feed of @NAESCONews tweets to the home page: www.naesco.org.
The next enhancement project will be to add links to member companies' marketing or promotional videos to both the Buyer's Guide and Membership Directory. In order to populate these areas, NAESCO asks that interested members send links to videos that companies have housed on websites such as You Tube or Vimeo. Please send promotional video links to Heidi Walters, Heidi@naesco.org.
NREL Study finds U.S. rooftop
energy potential 80% more than thought
U.S. rooftops could generate 80 percent more energy from solar panels than previously thought, according to a new analysis from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Using a combination of aerial surveys, on-the-ground counting and supercomputing, researchers found rooftop solar holds the potential to generate 1,432 terawatt-hours of annual energy, up from the estimated 800 terawatt-hours in 2008. The amount of possible installed capacity from rooftop solar photovoltaics also jumped from 664 gigawatts to 1,118 GW. The three-year analysis projected the level of energy that could be generated in theory if PV systems were installed on all suitable U.S. business and residential rooftops. Download the report here.
DOE Issues "Revolution
Now" Report Highlighting Transformational Technologies
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy released its first Revolution Now report, highlighting four transformational technologies: land-based wind power, silicon photovoltaic solar modules, light-emitting diodes , and electric vehicles. That study and its 2014 update showed how dramatic reductions in cost are driving a surge in consumer, industrial, and commercial adoption for these clean energy technologies. In addition to presenting the continued progress made over the last year in these areas, this year's update adds sections that cover large, central, utility-scale PV plants and smaller, rooftop, distributed PV systems. The update also briefly introduces three additional technologies that DOE believes will see wider deployment in the coming years: smart building systems, fuel-efficient freight trucks, and vehicle lightweighting. Download the report here.
Index Ranks States
on Grid Modernization
The GridWise Alliance recently released its third annual Grid Modernization Index (GMI), which uses survey data collected in June-October 2015 to benchmark states on a wide range of grid modernization policies, investments, and activities. The GMI found that a number of states have moved toward a more modernized electric grid. California is the highest-ranked state, for the third time in a row, with a score of 88 -- more than six points higher than its score in the previous Index. California has a nearly seven-point lead over second-place Illinois, while Texas -- which was neck and neck with California for the top score in the previous GMI -- ranks third. Maryland and Delaware (leaders on the East Coast) each moved up a spot to fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 are Washington DC, Oregon, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Download the report here.
Energy Efficiency Finance: A
This ACEEE paper by Joel Freehling and Brian Stickles, describes the current state of energy efficiency financing, highlighting what is and isn't working, while offering a look at the future of the industry. According to the authors, the US energy efficiency finance market represents more than $100 billion in annual investment, with particular strength in segments like green buildings and cars, ENERGY STAR®--certified IT equipment, and energy service companies. On the other hand, low- and moderate-income households, multifamily housing, many state and local governments, and the small commercial market remain underserved and credit challenged. Green bonds, better technology, new financing methods, and more sophisticated evaluation are keys to future growth. Download the paper here.
Sustainable Energy in America
The 2016 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook -- produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides up-to-date, accurate market information about the broad range of industries -- energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas -- that are contributing to the country's move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage. Download the Factbook here.
Global Sales of High-Bay
Luminaires and Lamps Are Expected to Peak at Nearly $23.5
Billion in 2017
A new report from Navigant Research examines the market for industrial and high-bay lighting in six building types, with forecasts for unit sales and revenue, through 2024.While the industrial and high-bay markets have traditionally represented challenging lighting applications, advances and price declines in light-emitting diode technologies are driving sales of luminaires and lamps for these markets. Today, many high-bay LED products offer exceptional lighting quality in a price range that allows for paybacks from energy savings. According to a new report from Navigant Research, global sales of high-bay luminaires and lamps are expected to peak at almost $23.5 billion in 2017. Download the report here.
AECOM and Ohio University Survey of College Athletic
Directors Predicts Strong Facilities Investment
A survey of college athletic directors by the Ohio University Center for Sports Administration in Athens, and AECOM, a global leader in sports venue design and construction, reveals new insight into the facility investment plans of NCAA programs across the country. Of participating athletic directors, nearly all (99 percent) said they plan to invest more than US$500,000 in athletic facilities over the next five years, and half (50 percent) plan to invest at least US$25 million in that time.
The survey was administered in November 2015 to 87 NCAA athletic directors from 25 Division I conferences. It is a follow-up to a survey conducted in 2014.
Ameresco and Sainsbury's win prestigious UK energy award
Ameresco recently announced that their UK operation has won a prestigious award, after working with Sainsbury's, a supermarket and convenience store chain, to significantly reduce gas usage at a large store in south London by 90%. Through its successful project for Sainsbury's, Ameresco, which has UK offices in London and Castleford, received a Verdantix Energy Innovation Award at the Verdantix Summit 2016 in London. The Verdantix Energy Innovation Awards highlight successful corporate and public sector energy innovation projects, programmes and initiatives of the preceding 12-18 months. The awards recognize the people and organizations who are instrumental in launching successful, innovative strategies that deliver superior results. Ameresco's joint entry with client Sainsbury's highlighted the development of a pioneering CO2 Heat Reclaim project at one of the supermarket giant's London stores.
CTI Energy Services, LLC, receives Certification as
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business
CTI Energy Services, based in Amherst, Massachusetts, was recently certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). This designation, in addition to other pre-qualified government certifications CTI has achieved, opens the way for CTI to take advantage of further federal and state "set-aside" provisions. The SDVOSB certification expands the scope of CTI's operations for energy savings and renewable energy projects as well as more partnerships with national and international energy services companies (ESCOs).
Energy Focus Featured in Green Building & Design
Featured in this month's issue of GB&D Magazine, Energy Focus is a leader in the lighting revolution in schools and world class healthcare facilities. Learn about the experience USGBC, Cleveland Clinic, and E3 have had with Energy Focus in the article here.
Energy Focus Comments on UFC Change at the Department of
Energy Focus announced the Department of Defense Unified Facilities Criteria has been changed to allow tubular LED installation categorically without the requirement to submit a waiver request for each retrofit project. "We very much applaud and welcome this exemplary policy milestone that now enables all branches of the DOD, the nation's single largest energy user, to accelerate TLED lighting adoption for its existing 550,000 plus buildings in a much swifter fashion," said James Tu, Executive Chairman and CEO of Energy Focus, Inc.
ESG Customer Westminster Village Wins Green Excellence
Westminster Village won a Green Excellence Award from the McLean County Chamber of Commerce in Bloomington, IL. Westminster Village is a large facility approximately 400,000 square feet on a 40 acre site. There are approximately 350 residents in independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing.
In recent years, Westminster has done several things to help set the overall direction for their green improvements through a contract with Energy Systems Group. A comprehensive Environmental Sustainability Assessment was completed in 2011, followed by an energy audit conducted by the SEDAC (Smart Energy Design Assistance) along with a Waste Assessment and Recycling Audit in 2012 to help start their "greening" process.
Many opportunities for updating were identified as a result of these studies such as replacing lighting with energy efficient fixtures/sensors, installing computers to manage heating/cooling, updating kitchen equipment to improve cooling/ventilation to name a few. Other day-to-day activities were improved such as adding improved recycling containers to each floor, the addition of a WV Foundation Garden Walk to promote physical activity for residents, utilizing van pool to transport residents to cut down on emissions, and purchasing HE washers and dryers. A video can be viewed here.
ENGIE Aquires OpTerra Energy Services
ENGIE and OpTerra Energy Services recently announced that a member of the ENGIE Group has acquired OpTerra Energy Services and its affiliated companies. Headquartered in Oakland, California, OpTerra designs and implements customized projects that help public- and private-sector clients reduce energy consumption and cost. This move strengthens both companies' objective to offer new and differentiated energy services to current and prospective customers in the United States.
Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings, Inc. Are Now One
Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM) announced on March 23 that the two companies have completed their merger transaction. The announcement follows the approval of the merger by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (DC PSC).
The merger brings together Exelon's three electric and gas utilities -- BGE, ComEd and PECO -- and Pepco Holdings' three electric and gas utilities -- Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco -- to create the leading mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility company. Exelon will provide a package of direct benefits -- including bill credits, reliability improvements and other investments -- worth more than $430 million for customers and communities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and New Jersey under the commitments made in those jurisdictions.
Ameresco Partners with Denver for the City's First-Ever
Energy Performance Contract
Ameresco, recently announced, the City and County of Denver have entered into a nearly two million dollar energy performance contract with the company. Denver's EPC includes a total of 88 energy efficiency improvements to 14 of the City's most energy intensive buildings, including four recreation centers, four libraries, three fire stations, and the 911 Call Center. The improvements are guaranteed to create energy savings averaging 17% across all 14 buildings, with four of the buildings expected to reduce their energy use by over 30%. This project identified and targets some of the City's largest energy consumers for efficiency upgrades. Through these improvements, the City is guaranteed to save over $2.4 million in the first 15 years, and is expected to begin realizing savings within the first year.
Energy Focus Receives First Orders For Its
Retailer-Specific Tubular LED Products For One of the Largest
U.S. Department Store Chains
Energy Focus recently announced that it has received initial orders for 25 stores for its tubular LED products for one of the largest department store chains in the U.S. by sales with over 1,100 stores.
The products, specifically designed for the client to meet its rigorous luminance and photometry requirements, aim to replace the T8 fluorescent lamps being used for cornice lighting that illuminate product displays and signage throughout the stores. The customized Energy Focus TLEDs are expected to replace these traditional lighting sources altogether and reduce energy consumption by approximately 64%. Additionally, they eliminate ongoing lamp and ballast maintenance costs without incurring excessive material and labor costs, and do not create unnecessary environmental waste that would result from replacing the existing lighting fixtures.
ESG Begins Construction on NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson
Energy Systems Group (ESG) began construction of a combined heat and power plant at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. The CHP plant is included in the scope of an energy savings performance contract awarded to ESG in August 2015 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The CHP facility will operate in parallel with the utility, meeting nearly 70 percent of JSC's electric requirements, all of JSC's steam requirements, and roughly half of JSC's chilled water requirements.
The ESPC project's two energy conservation measures, a CHP plant and chilled water plant improvements, will save approximately $141 million over a 22-year operating term. The CHP plant will produce 11.9 megawatts of electricity via two 5.7 megawatt combustion turbines and one 500 kilowatt steam turbine. Using waste heat from the combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators will produce 50,000 pounds per hour of high pressure steam. The steam will be simultaneously used for heating and to generate chilled water via existing steam turbine-driven chillers. Conventional utility power generation systems typically operate at 35 to 45 percent efficiency. Using the waste heat generated by the NASA JSC CHP plant for both cooling and heating allows for overall tri-generation thermal efficiencies in excess of 85 percent. Re-commissioning of the chilled water system will result in still more efficiencies. ESG will provide operations and maintenance, repair and replacement and savings guarantees for the term of the contract.
St. Joseph School District Selects
Energy Solutions Professionals for VRF Installation
After a competitive solicitation, the St. Joseph, Missouri School District selected Energy Solutions Professionals (ESP) as its preferred partner for installing new heating and air conditioning systems at two middle schools in the District. Design work is underway on the $3 million effort that will add variable refrigerant flow systems to heat and cool Robidoux and Spring Garden Middle Schools.
The work will be completed over the summer in order to avoid disruption of any educational activities and ensure that students and staff will return to cool classrooms in August.
Additionally, as part of another RFP, the District is currently considering ESP's proposal to add air conditioning to three elementary schools, along with options for making improvements to lighting and plumbing fixtures in several District buildings that would yield considerable energy savings.
Johnson Controls, Arkansas State University Sign $15
Million Energy Performance Contract
Johnson Controls and Arkansas State University have signed a $15 million energy performance contract that will dramatically advance the university's sustainability initiatives, including improvements to lighting, water conservation, waste management, energy management, HVAC and utility monitoring systems. The Arkansas State energy performance contract features a 20-year payback and operational savings -- the first of its kind in the state of Arkansas.
The upgrades, scheduled for completion by Nov. 30, 2016, will include LED lighting, water conservation, waste management, energy management, HVAC, lab hood improvements and utility monitoring.
"The Arkansas State project is setting the standard by which other energy performance contracts will be measured in the state," said Chet Howland, energy program manager for the Arkansas Energy Office. "We expect the project to have an economic impact of over $30 million with no upfront cost to Arkansas State, as guaranteed energy savings will pay for the project over the next two decades."
Lutron Begins Lighting Control Project at Liberty
University in Lynchburg, Virginia
With the help of Lutron, Liberty University has deployed an aggressive lighting control strategy to maximize energy savings in its facilities. The use of vacancy sensors in many areas maximizes the amount of time the lighting is in the off state, while providing the appropriate amount of light in areas only when they are occupied. Daylight harvesting in conjunction the with the installation of automated window shades is targeted to reduce the lighting energy requirements by 65%.
Lutron Electronics Quantum technology interoperable with current building management systems will now provide a campus wide solution for monitoring and measuring energy utilization. Many of the controls utilized in the lighting and shade control strategies are wireless. The labor savings estimates are significant, eliminating 70% of the labor from the installation of similar, wired controls.
NORESCO Selected for $28 Million Energy and Water
Infrastructure Project for Georgia Department of Corrections
NORESCO has won a $28 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract with the Georgia Department of Corrections for work at five sites across the state. Customized to the needs of each facility, improvements will be delivered at Arrendale State Prison, Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Prison, Georgia State Prison, Hays State Prison and Wilcox State Prison. As a result of this project, carbon dioxide emissions are projected to decline by more than 25 percent from their baseline. Other environmental pollutants, including nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides, will also decline, making overall emissions improvements equivalent to removing 1,442 cars from the road for one year.
The project includes reconfiguration of three central boiler plants along with domestic hot water improvements, significant water conservation gains through equipment retrofits and controls and improved reliability and performance through heating, ventilating and air conditioning upgrades. The project also improves lighting, energy management control systems, chillers, water treatment, piping and insulation.
Opterra and Madera County Celebrate $15 Million in
Savings through Completion of Solar and Energy Efficiency
The Madera County Board of Supervisors announced at its March 1st Board meeting that it has completed the latest chapter in its successful solar and energy efficiency program with OpTerra Energy Services. The development of the program began in 2013 and delivery of energy improvements across three major County sites has been aligned with the County's broader objective to maintain fiscal stewardship while improving community facilities. Madera County is set to save nearly $15 million in energy savings as a result of the comprehensive solar and energy efficiency upgrades.
OpTerra worked collaboratively with County staff to complete the final planning and engineering on the program, and together they received all necessary approvals so that construction was able to proceed immediately after financing had been secured. At the March 1st Board meeting, the OpTerra team presented project close-out details on the work done across the County's service and administrative sites. OpTerra installed solar energy systems at the County's Jail Complex and Government Center to produce more than 1.6 megawatts of clean, sustainable energy annually, while HVAC upgrades to the Madera Library's 40-year old mechanical equipment help generate additional savings in both electricity and maintenance costs.
Pepco Energy awarded $80 Million ESPC Task Order at US
Naval Station Great Lakes
Pepco Energy Services, Inc. announced that it has been awarded an $80.4 million Energy Savings Performance Contract task order by the United States Navy at Naval Station Great Lakes. The task order, awarded under the United States Department of Energy ESPC Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract, includes a $42.4 million investment in new energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems. Upon completion of construction, the project will generate approximately $4 million per year in guaranteed energy savings and $79.9 million during the 16.5-year performance period of the task order. Construction is expected to be completed over a two-year period during which time the project will provide another $1.8 million in guaranteed savings to the Navy.
The energy conservation measures include new LED technology, water conservation, building envelope improvements, 3,000 tons of new cooling capacity, 2.7 MW in solar hybrid systems, new HVAC systems, and retro-commissioning of HVAC systems, among others. Work at NSGL will be performed in 60 buildings as well as at the landfill and on the roadway lighting systems. After construction is completed, Pepco Energy Services will provide ongoing maintenance, continuous commissioning, and measurement and verification services over the task order performance period.
Perfection Group and Clinton County in Wilmington, OH
Partner for 5.2 million Renovation Project
Perfection Group has been chosen by Clinton County in Wilmington, Ohio for a $5.2 million energy renovation project. The project includes lighting upgrades across multiple buildings, HVAC upgrades to Prosecutors Office, as well as roof replacement at the Prosecutors and Veterans Offices. Extensive Courthouse renovation includes heat recovery/variable refrigerant flow system, lighting retrofit, new controls, new roof, new double pane windows, skylight replacement, and masonry cleaning, tuck-pointing, and sealing.
Schneider Electric ESPC Project Guarantees $114 Million
in Energy Savings for the U.S. Navy
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, along with the U.S. Navy, has announced a comprehensive infrastructure improvement project to transform the Naval Base Coronado and Naval Base San Clemente Island sites through a self-funding energy savings performance contract. Once complete, the improvements will generate $114 million in guaranteed energy cost savings over the 19-year project term and will help the Navy meet many of its short and long-term strategic goals, including the Presidential Performance Contract Challenge.
This extensive project encompasses upgrades to 90 buildings across two sites off the Southern California coast, including data center and electrical upgrades, as well as renewable energy and traditional energy conservation measures. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018.
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division,
a marketer of advanced cooling and heating systems for
commercial applications, introduces the PremiSys® Fusion
Dedicated Outside Air System (DOAS) -- a premier
split-system solution for acclimatizing outside air for
PremiSys Fusion DOAS is a split-system consisting of a Variable Refrigerant Flow outdoor unit and an air handler. The system is designed to handle 100 percent outside air with energy recovery models. It offers an energy-efficiency improvement of up to 20 percent over a traditional dedicated outside air system.
The Top Tech to Cut Energy Costs and Emissions?
Building Efficiency Technologies (BET) were declared the top revenue generator in a recent report when considered against various advanced energy segments. In the report, entitled the Top Tech to Cut Energy Costs and Emissions, the Advanced Energy Economy group said that based on revenues gains last year in the advanced energy segments which included solar, wind, gas turbines, biofuels, energy storage and building efficiency technologies, BET grabbed the biggest share of revenues, at $63.6 billion globally and $52.8 billion in the U.S. Investments in building efficiency technologies took 30 percent of what the organization estimates is a $1.4 trillion global advanced energy market in its annual Market Report -- a snapshot on revenues for the segments it tracks produced by Navigant Research.
The report said all advanced energy revenues grew 8 percent last year, which it notes is roughly three times global GDP growth.
But while it's been clear that Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are finding their way into many industrial and commercial products -- including building management and energy efficiency -- its role in energy seemed to surprise the authors.
Southern Co. to Buy PowerSecure
Atlanta-based Southern Co. plans to buy the Wake Forest-based energy technology company PowerSecure Inc. for $431 million. The deal is expected to close before June, says PowerSecure CEO Sidney Hinton.
The price is close to an 80% premium over PowerSecure's $10.43 closing on Tuesday, the day before the deal was announced. On Wednesday before the deal, shares had actually dropped to $9.87, which may indicate the announcement took the markets by surprise.
The PowerSecure deal is designed to jumpstart Southern's distributed generation and energy efficiency business. The services offered by PowerSecure -- including utility infrastructure design and construction, energy efficiency and solar engineer, procurement and construction operations -- are based on newer technologies that have grown up largely outside large utility business lines.
White House releases Fact Sheet: Cities, Utilities, and
Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for
Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency
Making businesses and homes more energy efficient is a win for jobs and economic growth, operating costs and bottom lines, as well as the President's commitment to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. As part of the President's Better Buildings Program, the Administration announced:
The actions announced build on commitments made by 285 organizations representing nearly 4 billion square feet since the Administration launched the President's Better Building program in 2011. The program's mission is to partner with the Energy Department to improve energy efficiency 20 percent by 2020, and share successful strategies that maximize efficiency deployment over the next decade. These new commitments from cities, school districts, and businesses like Nike and Wendy's will help cut waste in our buildings, saving energy and money and reducing pollution.
Plan takes shape for MIT sustainability
A group of recommendations issued in late 2015 sets MIT on a path to align its campus operations along a core set of sustainability principles, setting a strong foundation for rigorous and innovative Institute-wide goal setting, measurement and verification, and implementation of strategies moving forward.
These recommendations -- titled "The Sustainability Working Group Recommendations: An integrative vision for our Buildings, Stormwater, Landscape and Labs" -- follow a 10-month process guided by the MIT Office of Sustainability. These recommendations are aligned with and advance the recently released MIT Plan for Action on Climate Change, which calls for a series of actions that lead to a local response to climate mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency.
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