City of Dover Uses Energy Performance Contracting to Save

Interested in Energy Performance Contracting? Learn from the City of Dover, NH about their contract for energy efficiency and electrical and mechanical system improvements, through which they are saving approx. $350,000 annually.

City of Sanger Uses Energy Performance Contract to Upgrade Infrastructure, Save on Utility Bills

The City of Sanger formed a partnership with Johnson Controls Inc. to upgrade city infrastructure, reduce energy usage, and employ Sanger residents by reducing utility costs, reducing operation and maintenance costs, and decreasing the outlay of capital dollars through the use of an energy performance contract (EPC). Learn more in this narrative on Sanger from the…

Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs): Success Stories Show 58% Average Energy Savings

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)’s new paper, Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) looks at the model of using long-term performance contracting to avoid upfront capital costs and tie payment to verification of energy and cost savings. The paper covers the following best practices, and then shares case studies of seven federal building…

GAO Review of Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Federal Oversight

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a publication of its findings in reviewing federal energy savings performance contracts (ESPC), also known as energy performance contracts (EPC). The full GAO report is available here, and excerpts from the introductory summary are shared below. Why GAO Did This Study Constrained budgets and increasing energy efficiency…

Lessons from Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year Winners – May 24

Contractors are the backbone of residential energy efficiency programs, and this call will feature Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year Award winners, and the reasons they won. The awards go to Home Performance with ENERGY STAR participating contractors that exhibit outstanding professionalism, build strong customer relationships, and apply building science solutions to…

Grant: Advancing the Resilience and Environmental Performance of California’s Electricity System

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund Applied Research and Development projects that reduce the environmental and public health impacts of electricity generation and make the electricity system less vulnerable to climate impacts. The deadline to submit applications is October 9th, 2017. Characterization and mitigation of climate change consequences for hydropower generation and electricity…

New Long Beach Courthouse Designed With Whole-Building, Performance-Based Infrastructure Approach Saves Energy with No Public Debt

The new LEED-Gold certified Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse opened and became occupied last month, and is now keeping occupants comfortable with a sleek new sustainable design that allows for low energy bills. The building uses efficient design and energy-efficient HVAC to keep heating and cooling needs low, and also has automated light-harvesting systems, water-efficient landscaping, and good access…

Funding Resources

Taking local action on climate change and clean energy is hard enough. Let us help you identify ways to pay for it. Active Funding OpportunitiesCommunity Rides Grant Program – National RTAPThe National RTAP Community Rides Grant Program offers current recipients and subrecipients of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)’s Formula Grants for Rural Areas (Section 5311)…

Resource Archive

The Best Practices Coordinator has gathered a number of climate and energy resources useful to local governments. Below is an archive of the different resources available.Energy Efficiency 101Coordinator and Utility ReportsEnergy Efficiency Strategic PlanProceedings, Decisions, and LegislationPublicationsTrainingsTransportationOther ResourcesEnergy Efficiency 101New to local government energy efficiency, and looking for some information to get started? See information…
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