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SustainCo Wins $550,000 Energy Management Contract

Linda Hardesty

SustainCo Solutions & Services, through its operating group VCI Controls, has substantially completed a series of contracts and work orders worth over $550,000 for Defence Construction Canada. The work included roof replacement, HVAC upgrades, cooling tower maintenance and generator repairs. In addition, SustainCo has a standing offer to provide HVAC Services, BAS controls, electrical services,   …Continue Reading

Federal Bureau of Prisons Selects Constellation for $45M Energy Efficiency, Solar Project

Linda Hardesty

Constellation has been awarded a contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to implement $45 million in water and energy conservation measures and install a 2 MW solar generation project at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Fla. Under the terms of the energy savings performance contract (ESPC), the conservation measures are guaranteed to provide   …Continue Reading

Government Uses Performance Contracting for Lighting Control

Karen Henry

The federal government is increasingly incorporating advanced lighting control systems in its energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) as part of its effort to reduce energy use in federal facilities, reports the Federal Times. Lighting consumes a big chunk of the total electricity used in a commercial building – nearly 38 percent. Lighting control can result   …Continue Reading

ESCO Designated as Certified Energy Efficiency Contractor by State of Massachusetts

Linda Hardesty

ForceField Energy says its ESCO Energy Services subsidiary has been designated as a Prime Certified Energy Efficiency Contractor by the State of Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM). As a certified contractor, ESCO can now serve as a lead bidder for projects larger than $100,000. In addition, ESCO will now have direct   …Continue Reading

DOE Offers $13M to Run Solar Program for Communities

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department today announced $13 million for the Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) funding opportunity, which will establish a national recognition and technical assistance program for local governments. SPARC has two Topic Areas: The Designation Program Administrator (Topic A), which will establish, name and maintain the program; and The Technical Assistance Provider   …Continue Reading

Salt Lake City Accelerates Energy Efficiency in City Facilities

Kimi Narita

Salt Lake City is on a roll. Back in mid-2014 EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy helped celebrate the launch of Salt Lake City’s Mayor Skyline Challenge, a multi-year competition that encourages building owners to save energy and therefore improve air quality. Then, in December 2014, the White House recognized the city as a Climate Action Champion for showing leadership   …Continue Reading

Energy Consumption by US Government at All-Time Low

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) shows total delivered-to-site energy use by the federal government fell to 0.96 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in fiscal year 2013, the lowest recorded since 1975, the earliest year for which data are available. Energy consumed in federal government facilities has generally been declining over   …Continue Reading

Energy Management Plans Required for Salt Lake City Buildings

Linda Hardesty

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker issued an Executive Order to maximize energy savings at all Salt Lake City facilities. The order creates a multi-department Energy Management Steering Committee and requires city facilities to develop annual energy management plans and track results. Although the city has been benchmarking its own energy use, the new mandate requires   …Continue Reading

UN Secretary General Visits India’s First Net Zero Building

Karen Henry

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon visited the Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, India’s first net zero energy building, Times of India reports. The building incorporates India’s largest rooftop solar panel, a geothermal heat exchange system and a heat recovery wheel, as well as the following additional energy-efficient equipment: Energy efficient T-5 and LED lighting fixtures. Chilled-beam   …Continue Reading

McKinstry Gets Pre-Qualified in Nevada

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry has become prequalified as an Energy Service Company (ESCO) in the state of Nevada. Nevada’s list of independent contractors is licensed by the Public Works Division of the Nevada Department of Administration to provide Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) and assist Nevada’s state agencies, cities and higher-education institutions in reducing energy consumption while upgrading facilities.   …Continue Reading