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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 17, 2018
Determining why a building’s systems aren’t performing as well as expected or finding the financial resources to implement more capital-intensive efficiency projects can be challenging. That’s why we’re highlighting Better Buildings solutions for two important energy efficiency solutions: retro-...
by David Ruggiero, ICF on Sep 26, 2018
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has hit the ground running in an effort to meet the goals set forth in its 2016 NextGeneration Sustainability Agenda – a set of sustainability commitments to improve resident health and comfort over the next 10 years. As a Better Buildings Challenge...
by Alison Berry, RE Tech Advisors on Sep 05, 2018
This blog is part 5 of our 5-part series exploring DOE’s ESPC Toolkit. The Accelerator was a 3-year partnership of states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to energy savings performance contracting, or ESPC. ESPC is a financing mechanism that provides upfront capital for energy...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Jun 29, 2018
This blog is part 4 of our 5-part series exploring DOE’s ESPC Toolkit. The ESPC Accelerator was a 3-year partnership of states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to energy savings performance contracting, or ESPC. ESPC is a financing mechanism that provides upfront capital for...
by Alison Berry, RE Tech Advisors on Jun 05, 2018
This blog is part 3 of our 5-part series exploring DOE’s ESPC Toolkit. The ESPC Accelerator was a 3-year partnership of states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to energy savings performance contracting, or ESPC. ESPC is a financing mechanism that provides upfront capital for...
by Brittany Ryan, RE Tech Advisors on May 02, 2018
Worcester, MA is now home to New England’s largest municipally-owned solar array. The 8.1 MW solar array includes 28,600 solar panels covering 25 acres of a former landfill – that’s equivalent to 19 football fields covered with solar panels! At $69 million in 30-year lifetime savings, the...
by Jen Singer, ICF on May 02, 2018
This blog is part 2 of our 5-part series exploring DOE’s ESPC Toolkit. The ESPC Accelerator was a 3-year partnership of states, local governments, and K-12 schools to expand access to energy savings performance contracting, or ESPC. ESPC is a financing mechanism that provides upfront capital for...
by Alison Berry, RE Tech Advisors on Apr 04, 2018
Energy service performance contracting (ESPC) is a key financing mechanism for organizations to realize the benefits of energy conservation measures while minimizing the cost burden. ESPCs are a great model for state and local governments because they: Provide upfront financing for energy...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 20, 2018
Join the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Program for a 5-part series exploring the tools and resources of the Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Accelerator. Learn innovative best practices developed in collaboration with 25 state and local organizations to overcome common...
by Jen Singer, ICF on Nov 02, 2017
The state of Connecticut recently announced its first of several planned energy savings performance contracts (ESPC), a retrofit of CT Valley Hospital (CVH). The project, which is expected to achieve $31.9 million in guaranteed energy and maintenance savings over 15 years, will result in a 35...
by Alice Dasek, U.S. Department of Energy on Sep 15, 2016
Many public institutions hope to find the upfront funds to retrofit buildings knowing that the investments will reap savings for their organizations. But the truth is, it’s not always easy to get the money and ensure the savings all at the same time (which as energy professionals know, is what is...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Apr 21, 2015
Last week the Energy Department travelled to Texas to applaud Better Buildings Challenge partners who have committed their public sector, retail or multifamily housing to 20% energy savings in ten years. Here’s a rundown of our Texas showcase project tours. Tues. April 14 Our Texas tour started in...