Study: The Benefits of Benchmarking Building Performance

This new study from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the Pacific Coast Collaborative provides dynamic coverage of why and how the benchmarking of building energy use presents an economic opportunity. The study starts: “Billions of dollars of value is currently locked inside the buildings of America’s cities and towns. This untapped wealth is…

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…

City of San Marcos Employs City Energy Roadmap for Rate Switch and Retrofits, Saving $168,000/Year

The City of San Marcos is putting its Energy Roadmap completed through the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to good use: through a utility rate switch, implementation of lighting and HVAC improvements at its City Hall and other buildings, as well as an Energy Management System that has enabled greater building comfort and energy…

Case Study: Camarillo Municipal Savings Success Story

Outlined in its Energy Action Plan, the City of Camarillo has established a municipal energy reduction goal of 10% relative to 2008, by 2020. The City recently completed a ten year Energy Performance Contract that resulted in savings of over 15 million (more…)

From Outside the State: A Colorado BESO Case Study

In October 2015, the City of Boulder, Colorado adopted a new ordinance that modified existing voluntary programming to require that certain types of commercial, industrial, and City buildings conduct energy assessments, disclose building energy use, and take action if cost-effective energy upgrades were found through the assessments. Specifically, qualifying buildings will be required to do…

Distilling AB 802 and SB 350: Coverage on How Energy Savings Are Counted, and Incentivized

Looking for more information on the significance of the recent passing of SB 350 and AB 802 to local government energy efficiency activities? Efficiency.org writer Matt Golden provides a great summary, “New California Laws are a Needed Paradigm Shift for Energy Efficiency.” Given the changes in how incentives are to be provided for energy efficiency,…

New Study: San Francisco’s Benchmarking Ordinance Requiring Commercial Buildings to Disclose Energy Data Shows Major Reduction in Energy Use and an Opportunity to Save Millions in Energy Costs

A report on the City and County of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance (ECBO) reviewed the ordinance compliance, energy use by building, and savings that could be attributed from 2010-2014. The report’s findings, which include a  (more…)

Yuba County Considers Second Solar Project

Reviewing the savings being realized through the energy efficiency and solar projects Yuba County implemented in 2013, the County is considering a second solar installation. Details on the project shared by Appeal Democrat are below, or you can read the story in full. Yuba County is moving forward on a second large solar project that…

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…

Do Sustainable Building Design Certifications Provide ROI?

This article contains a report from Underwriters Labs that provides a frank evaluation of the value of sustainable building certifications.  It provides a good reality check.  To read the full article, go here: http://www.energymanagertoday.com/sustainable-building-design-certifications-provide-roi-0112599/
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