This Week In Energy Efficiency News…
Pepco Energy Services, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, has started construction on a comprehensive energy savings performance contract project for Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System in Mattoon, Ill. Set to be completed in December 2013, Pepco will guarantee at least 22 percent energy savings across 12 medical and office buildings – for $334,000 annual savings – through retrofitting lighting, upgrading building automation systems, improving the steam system, enhancing ventilation and other energy conservation updates. In addition to saving energy, the building update will dramatically enhance the area lighting within the buildings, which will improve the patient and work environment internally through improved air distribution, control and reduced infiltration.
The US Department of Energy and Georgetown University signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a competition to encourage innovative, replicable, and scalable approaches to reducing energy use in communities across the United States. Beginning in February 2014, US municipalities ranging from 5,000-250,000 residents will be eligible to compete with each other to reduce energy use by developing a long-term energy efficiency plan and demonstrating initial effectiveness and sustainability during a two-year period. The winning community will receive $5 million to further support community-based energy efficiency efforts.
Ameresco will soon begin work on an energy savings performance contract with Merrimac, Massachusetts worth $1 million. The project consists of energy-efficient upgrades to 17 buildings, including the town hall, library, police station, fire station and two school buildings. The upgrades, which include new lighting systems, energy management controls, carbon dioxide sensing controls, efficient boilers, heating zones, infrared heating systems, and Energy Star appliances, are expected to save Merrimac more than $100,000 annually.
Comverge has successfully completed a SOC 2 Type II examination relevant to security, availability, and confidentiality, and has been issued a SOC 2 Type II Independent Service Auditor’s Report for its IntelliSOURCE software platform and operating environment. SOC 2 is a comprehensive framework put forth by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants that includes a rigorous six-month evaluation. By adhering to the highest standards available, Comvergeproves its ability to meet the applicable trust services criteria and proves it keeps its hosted client environments secure. This is an important achievement for any Software-as-a-Service or cloud provider that supports mission-critical information technology services. Comverge InteliSOURCE enables utilities to deploy sophisticated load control, dynamic pricing and customer engagement programs while creating a two-way communication link to residential and C&I customers.
EnerNOC has entered into an agreement with Ausgrid, an Australian distribution operator, to administer the Ausgrid Dynamic Peak Rebate Program to Ausgrid’s commercial, institutional, and industrial customers. Ausgrid’s electricity network provides power to 1.6 million homes and businesses throughout the Sydney metropolitan area, which will all now be able to curtail energy use during demand response dispatches. In addition to payments for their participation, customers will receive real-time energy data.