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Houston leveraged an ongoing community outreach program to strengthen participant commitments to reduce energy consumption.
Kitsap County, WA engaged its neighbor Pierce County in a Courthouse Energy Challenge to see which courthouse could decrease energy use the most. Pierce County won the challenge with a 31% energy reduction.
Knoxville convened a public-private task force to develop a comprehensive energy plan for implementing energy efficiency improvements, financing projects, and tracking energy data.
The City of Los Angeles created the Better Buildings Challenge to simplify the path to energy efficiency for local businesses and public entities. The Challenge provides participating buildings owners and operators with access to a wide range of services such as energy benchmarking, building assessments, utility rebate training, and more.
Milwaukee, WI, created a property assessed clean energy (PACE) program which allows building owners to pay for energy projects through a voluntary municpal special charge that is attached to the property, not the owner. To date, the city has closed 8 PACE projects and yielded annual savings of over $1 million.
With tight budgets and limited internal capacity to manage energy and water usage, the State of North Carolina formed the Utility Savings Initiative to manage and reduce energy and water consumption at state-owned buildings. Through state investment and private performance contracts, the initiative has avoided nearly $553 million in utility costs.
Pittsburgh, PA established a Green Initiatives Trust Fund to set aside funds for energy conservation projects and utilizes the savings to fund future projects.
Will County used results from free energy audits to inform an efficiency education and outreach program that has achieved a 22% reduction in energy use while building occupant engagement.
Citi used an energy services agreement to deliver efficient electricity and cooling at its London data center. The project is expected to deliver $1.1 million in annual cost savings.
Prologis, Inc., took advantage of commercial PACE financing to retrofit its headquarters at the historic Pier 1 building in San Francisco. The projects financed are projected to reduce electricity consumption by 32% and save nearly $100,000 annually.
Metrus Energy deployed multi-measure energy efficiency retrofits in BAE Systems facilities with no upfront costs using an Energy Services Agreement (ESA).
The partnership between the municipal electric and water utility with a regional investor-owned gas utility allowed both participants to efficiently deploy multiple “tri-resource” incentive programs to residential and commercial customers in their joint territory, including statewide incentive programs.
Southern California Edison developed an automated benchmarking service to enable building owners to comply with benchmarking legislation and empower them to understand the energy usage of their buildings.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) launched a utility-driven approach to encourage 53,000 building owners to benchmark their buildings and engage in active energy management, while making owners aware of PG&E’s free M&V tools.
UC Irvine's empirically derived technical and behavioral performance improvement program supports risk-taking and questions status-quo practices to produce exceptional results across the board.
Southern California Edison created the Energy Leader Partnership program to assist cities in developing energy policies and deploying multi-measure energy efficiency upgrades resulting in more green energy jobs, lower GHG emissions, and reduced energy costs.
Southern California Edison introduced an On-Bill Financing Program to overcome the upfront capital cost barrier in conducting energy efficiency projects, providing over $10 million in loans for eligible business customers.
Nissan modified benchmark funding practices for energy efficiency projects based off peer evaluation, resulting in relaxed investment criteria and a savings yield of $2.1M and 17,500 tons of CO2.
MGM created a web and mobile tool to encourages employees to reduce resource use and maximize efficiency.
Minnesota delivers technical, financial, and contractual assistance to state agencies to support the implementation of Energy Savings Performance Contracting. GESP is available as a resource to all state agencies, local governments, and school districts in Minnesota.
Delaware established a centralized benchmarking and tracking database to identify and mobilize building upgrades with the highest potential energy savings, cost savings, and environmental benefit, leading to more than 17% energy reduction.
Maryland designed a lead-by-example competition to mobilize the largest energy-consuming state agencies; reducing energy consumption by nearly 20% in five years.
Real estate investment company DWS launched "Project Energy Saver" to improve energy performance consistently across its entire portfolio, including the least-efficient buildings that are not eligible for ENERGY STAR or LEED certification, but represent the greatest opportunities for improvement.
NHT reduced operating costs in multi-family buildings by installing solar systems helping them sustain affordable housing costs for low-income families which generates 300,000 kw/year.
Johnson Controls developed a scalable program to provide suppliers with energy management tools, training and on-site assistance, amounting to $60K in annual savings.
Balfour Beatty Communities created the Smart Meter Resident Energy Savings Program to leverage smart meter data using a proactive or “push to” resident engagement strategy, resulting in a 15% average energy reduction without capital investments.
Darigold established a corporate program to evaluate plant energy assessments, with specific requirements for all facilities and a scoring system that incentivizes plants to meet these requirements.
UTC created a cross-divisional Energy Council to develop the strategy, disseminate energy efficiency best practices, and focus efforts to meet the company’s ambitious energy and GHG reduction goals.
REACH is integrating passive house standards in affordable rental housing to address rising costs, with tenants benefiting from a nearly 90% energy reduction for heat usage and an overall energy use reduction of 60-70% compared to a LEED Certified building.
Shorenstein's “Flip the Switch” Program was initiated in 2011 to broaden tenant awareness of sustainability and energy savings opportunities in their leased spaces by providing actionable strategies for reducing consumption resulting in an average of 27% reduction in plug load energy use.
Aeon created the Learning Laboratory for multifamily developers and owners to share their successes, challenges, best practices, and lessons learned to create replicable models and drive industry change.
CommonWealth Partners developed a Tenant Engagement Program that increased tenant awareness for energy efficiency and sustainability, which helped them achieve an average ENERGY STAR score of 90 out of 10 portfolio-wide as a result.
The City Operations Sustainability Plan encourages collaboration among municipal departments and creates a cohesive strategy to accelerate sustainability initiatives throughout city operations, leading to a 24% energy reduction and an annual savings of approximately $270,500.
General Mills designated plant-based dedicated energy managers to sustain continuous improvement in energy efficiency across a large scope of 25 plants, resulting in the implementation of more than 1,000 energy projects and $3.5 million annual savings.
King County created the Fund to Reduce Energy Demand (FRED), a financing tool where the county budget office issues bonds and provides loans to county divisions for equipment upgrades to reduce energy use, and resulting utility bill savings are then used to pay back the bonds, resulting in a neutral or positive cash flow.
At its Regency Saugus Center in Massachusetts, national retail center owner Regency Centers partnered with tenant Trader Joe's to install a 253 KW rooftop solar system. Regency Centers owns the solar array and sells the generated solar energy power to Trader Joe's at a discount, offsetting approximately 65% of their total electricity use with clean power.
Douglas County School District implemented a multi-pronged funding approach to address its failing and inefficient maintenance of aging buildings, including an ESPC, grants, and bonds. The $5.1 million ESPC project is paying for itself through $456,000 in guaranteed annual energy cost savings.
Havertys implemented a company-wide sustainability initiative to demonstrate the benefits of efficiency to employees and inspire ongoing efforts to reduce energy use.
Nuveen Real Estate's Property Energy Targets (PETs) bridge the gap between its individual properties' energy reduction targets and the company's larger institutional sustainability and financial goals.
JCHA utilized energy performance contract funding to upgrade energy and water equipment, resulting in $5 million savings within first two years and increased comfort for over 1,700 residents.
Real estate investment trust Parkway was running into challenges tracking its buildings' energy performance and motivating stakeholders to participate in sustainability initiatives. After launching a Sustainable Properties Awards Program with robust tools and incentives, 100% of Parkway's portfolio is benchmarking energy consumption and allowing the trust to monitor progress toward goals.
Volvo established a new guideline that allows managers to factor in the risk of increasing energy prices when making energy efficiency investment decisions, helping it meet its initial 25% energy intensity reduction target and set a new 25% goal.
Portland Public Schools funded energy efficiency projects through a hybrid Energy Savings Performance Contracting model, achieving $1.2 million in annual energy cost savings across 80+ facilities.
adidas created the greenENERGY Fund to facilitate investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects; the company approved funding for 61 projects, investing $10.8 million and achieving a 29% internal rate of return across the project portfolio.
Celanese upgraded equipment controls by adding an energy dashboard giving operators access to real time energy consumption. This tool resulted in $300,000 in energy cost savings and identification of $1.5 million in low to no-cost energy-saving opportunities at one plant.
Washington state's Camas School District wanted to set reduction targets for natural resources but lacked a formal policy to guide schools toward its goals. A Resource Management Policy was developed to empower schools to achieve energy, water, and waste goals. This led to a collective energy reduction of 28% over a six-year span.
Briggs and Statton made energy management a key element within its Corporate Continuous Improvement Program, elevating energy efficiency within its company culture and contributing to $70 million in energy cost savings.
The Rockford Housing Authority engaged in a $7.5 million Energy Performance Contract to evaluate the conduct a comprehensive energy audit and implement energy efficiency measures at eight of its multifamily properties, reducing energy costs by over $100,000 a year while improving the quality of housing for low-income housing tenants.
Forest City Realty Trust created an internal Integrative Design Services group to research and evaluate new technologies and best practices for energy efficiency, resulting in increased building performance, portfolio-wide technology adoption, and a stronger financial position for associates and investors.
Mercy Housing entered into a national partnership agreement with a third-party full service solar provider to implement up to 5.5 MW of solar power across its national portfolio.