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This summary welcomes the state/local staff member responsible for leading the Champions Network and explains the tools available for the role and responsibilities.
This plan spells out the vision for the Champions Network and explains the goals and operations of the program. It serves as the toolkit guide for the program lead and includes details for building and mobilizing a network of retrofit champions that will improve building performance.
This brief PowerPoint presentation summarizes the impetus, strategy, and plan for the Champions Network. It includes speaker notes and is intended for presentation to the corps of champions at an in-person program kickoff meeting.
This set of template slides summarizes the Champions Network with special attention to how program execution is expected to intersect with agency operations. It also includes speaker notes and is envisioned for either an in-person meeting or a webinar conference call.
This introductory summary welcomes champions to the network and explains the tools available for their role as Champion for their agency.
The strategic plan spells out the program goals, the Champion role, strategic plan, and tactical steps, summarized in the acronym UPGRADE. It serves as the guide for Champions to accomplish energy efficiency retrofits in their agencies using ESPC.
Once champions have a promising retrofit project planned, they can use this short PowerPoint presentation to gain approval from their agency’s leadership for carrying out the improvements as an ESPC project.
When a retrofit project gets the green light to proceed, this checklist supports the Champion in moving the project through the ESPC process and can be customized for the specific process in the jurisdiction.
This guidance complements the Street and Parking Facility Lighting Retrofit Financial Analysis Tool. It provides instructions on file functions, clarification of the assumptions, and detailed instructions for project-specific inputs.
This information sheet outlines the key elements needed for an economic impact analysis. Statistics on the economic impact of energy savings projects help tell the story of an effective energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) program or compare the anticipated benefits of a program to those of other investment options.
Components of the life-cycle cost analysis used in the Street and Parking Facility Lighting Retrofit Financial Analysis Tool are explained.
This document provides information for communities considering solar powered street and area lights and in particular it highlights the circumstances in which solar-powered street and area lighting is both a technical and cost-effective option.
The Street and Parking Facility Retrofit Financial Analysis Tool provides the ability to perform detailed, relatively complex analysis of the costs and benefits from street and parking facility lighting efficiency projects.
This electronic guide walks users through the process of developing and implementing an ESPC project in five phases. The tool includes detailed step-by-step instructions, links to resources needed at particular points in the ESPC process, and can be customized by state and city governments to advise when users should consult the office responsible for ESPC technical assistance. To download a document version of the Virtual Assistant, please click here.
Project owners can use these model contract and companion document templates to structure ESPC projects consistently, reducing ESPC project transaction costs and timeline. The documents support four areas of ESPC project development: ESCO solicitation, Investment Grade Audit (IGA) & project proposal, energy savings performance contract, and financing solicitation.
This database provides consistent tracking and reporting of ESPC project data, enabling project owners to make the business case for ESPC, negotiate strong ESPC projects, and standardize project results reporting. Specifically, ePB enables energy service companies (ESCOs) and their customers to securely upload, track and access ESPC project-level information for the life of the performance contract, quickly generate data for project and portfolio reports, and develop project scenarios using standardized amortization calculations.
DOE’s Energy Savings Performance Contracting Series for State and Local Government Sectors introduces energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) as a way to increase energy efficiency and upgrade facilities in particular market sectors, including K-12 schools, water resource recovery facilities, and other underserved sectors in the future. Specifically, the primer explores the ESPC process, energy efficiency potential for the sector in question, and case studies of ESPC projects in the sector.
This inventory of ESPC executive orders and legislation from all 50 U.S. states and five territories provides sample successful ESPC legislative language for users interested in drafting or revamping their legislation. Details for each state or territory are located on separate tabs on a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet.
This study provides a comprehensive overview of the market size, growth projections, industry trends, and market potential in the U.S. ESCO industry, drawing on information provided by industry executives and experts in 2012. The report also provides a preliminary estimate of remaining investment potential and annual blended energy savings in buildings typically addressed by ESCOs, with data broken out by specific markets, including state/local, K-12 schools, universities/colleges, health/hospitals.
This document is a step-by-step guide to establishing an ESPC program.
This document outlines the Federal Energy Management Program's standard procedures and guidelines for measurement and verification (M&V) for federal energy managers, procurement officials, and energy service providers.
The benchmark sheet reports five major performance metrics that can be used to benchmark proposed ESPC projects within state and local government facilities, disaggregated and reported by major retrofit strategy.
This document is intended to reduce project development and operational risks while increasing the speed at which projects are completed -- two necessary components to reach the scale required to meet mandates and achieve cost savings for taxpayers. This guide is intended to act as a living document where lessons learned from the increasing number of projects can be incorporated and provide guidance for efforts.
The Energy Department's Industrial Assessment Center program is becoming a hot recruiting bed for employers who are looking for individuals with hands-on experience in energy efficiency.
This brief focuses on regulatory barriers, which have proven to be widespread in the experience of Accelerator participants. The brief reviews the structure of street lighting tariffs and the costs and assumptions that underlie them. It then lays out pathways that municipalities can take to move street lighting retrofits forward in the presence of these barriers, including regulatory and legislative mechanisms. Along the way, the brief references cases of successes and challenges in pursuing these pathways.
The Better Buildings Outdoor Lighting Accelerator (OLA) worked with leaders from states, cities, and regional energy networks to accelerate the deployment of high performance street and area lighting in the public sector, participating in the replacement of over 1.3 million lights over two and half years starting in May 2014 and ending in December 2016.
The City of Detroit is undertaking a comprehensive restoration of its street lighting system that includes transitioning the existing high-pressure sodium (HPS) sources to light-emitting diode (LED). Detroit’s well-publicized financial difficulties over the last several years have added many hurdles and constraints to this process. Strategies to overcome these issues have largely been successful, but have also brought a few mixed results. This document provides an objective review of the circumstances surrounding the system restoration, the processes undertaken and decisions made, and the results so far.
Reference document for appropriate entry of data into the Home Energy Scoring Tool.
This brief discusses energy-efficient street lighting technologies and conversions from the utility’s perspective and identifies various business cases for undertaking street lighting upgrades. It reviews the costs and benefits of utility investment in energy efficiency technologies and smart infrastructure for utility-owned streetlights; presents lessons learned and best practices for LED conversions for utility-owned street lights; discusses street light buyback options from the utility’s perspective; and reviews success.
CHRISTUS Health cut lighting energy use 61% at St. Michael Hospital when they replaced fluorescent lamps with LEDs.
CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc., which owns the Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Green Burrito, and Red Burrito restaurant brands, was recently recognized in three categories for excellence and leadership in interior lighting by the Interior Lighting Campaign.
Sustainable Technologies, an environmental engineering firm based in Alameda, California, worked with Clean Harbors Environmental, a hazardous waste remediation firm based in San Jose to replace troffer lighting in Clean Harbors’ transportation consolidation warehouse and offices.
Cleveland Clinic retrofitted 10,500 troffers with LEDs at its Lerner Research Center in Cleveland for an energy savings of 2.6 million kWh per year.
The university’s new Student and Academic Services Building was designed with a comprehensive suite of energy efficient lighting features, including space-by-space light level controls to enable scheduling as well as dimming in individual offices, conference rooms, and classrooms.
Target was recognized for their corporate-wide LED troffer lighting retrofit and new construction installations. Annual savings from the 107 projects yielded an estimated 26 million kWh.
U.S. Toy retrofitted 470 troffers at its corporate headquarters, as part of a lighting upgrade that cut energy use by 54,000 kWh and improved employee satisfaction with work space lighting.
This report assesses the current status of LED street light conversion barriers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
This case study describes how the Army Reserve 9th Mission Support Command (MSC) reduced lighting energy consumption by 62% for a total savings of 125,000 kWh and more than $50,000 per year by replacing over 400 fluorescent troffers with 36W LED troffers.
This case study describes how the Army Reserve 99th Regional Support Command (RSC) cut its energy consumption in half at the Support Command's Technical Sergeant Vernon McGarity Army Reserve Center by replacing more than 1,200 fluorescent troffers with 46W and 61W LED troffers with dimmers.
This case study describes how the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building replaced existing T12 and T8 luminaires with LED-dedicated troffers with advanced controls.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) cut a $291,000 annual lighting electric bill down to an estimated $53,500 by installing LED troffer lights and lighting controls in the New Carrollton Federal Building in Lanham, Maryland.
Answers to this quick list of questions might help you determine whether ESPC is the right solution for your energy efficiency goals.
This document is a list of the steps and best practices for conducting the ESCO RFP and selection process.
This fact sheet for K-12 schools reports five major performance metrics that can be used to benchmark proposed ESCO projects.
This fact sheet on public housing reports five major performance metrics that can be used to benchmark proposed ESCO projects.
Through the course of the Better Buildings Outdoor Lighting Accelerator, 16 cities, 3 states, and 6 regional groups explored best practice approaches to improve the way communities apply advanced outdoor lighting technologies in parking lots and highways. As a result of these efforts, partners have embarked on a multitude of solutions such as designing regional bonding authorities or joint purchasing programs, financing street light upgrades, and many more.
This fact sheet on post secondary schools reports five major performance metrics that can be used to benchmark proposed ESCO projects.