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NYC Commercial Tenant Program & Green Leasing Webinar

The energy use in tenant spaces in commercial buildings is notoriously difficult to address. Yet it represents 40%-60% of a commercial building’s total energy input. Split incentives, lack of data, and poor landlord-tenant collaboration can be barriers. But there are powerful forces, ranging from corporate sustainability leadership to new building efficiency laws that are changing this dynamic.

On June 20th, 2019, NYC 2030 District hosted a webinar with the Institute of Market Transformation, and ERS about high-performance, or green leasing, New York City building energy laws, and incentive programs like NYSERDA’s Commercial Tenant Program that are bringing down traditional barriers to energy efficiency projects inside commercial tenant spaces.

NYSERDA can help at any point in the leasing cycle.

NYSERDA helps cover the cost of engaging qualified consultants to identify energy saving opportunities and to plan the implementation of energy efficiency measures in leased office spaces.

  • Tenants can engage consultants to lower energy costs— while improving wellness and comfort for their employees— at any point during the leasing cycle: while selecting a space, while designing or renovating a space, or during occupancy.
  • Building owners and managers can engage consultants to improve tenant energy use and, in turn, reduce energy use at the building master meter. Opportunities to improve energy consumption are boundless and vary in nature (from improved fit-out design, to tenant engagement initiatives)

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New York’s First Cooperatively-Owned Solar Project is Coming to Brooklyn!

NYCEDC selects UPROSE, Solar One, and Co-op Power to Develop Rooftop Solar Garden

Cooperatively-owned community solar project will connect Sunset Park residents, businesses to clean energy alternative

Sunset Park, Brooklyn – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced the selection of UPROSE, Solar One and Co-op Power to develop and operate a community solar garden at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT). The rooftop solar array will be the first cooperatively-owned project if its kind in New York State, and will connect hundreds of New Yorkers and industrial businesses to sustainable energy through an affordable subscription-based service.

“The Brooklyn Army Terminal is one of the most innovative and accessible industrial campuses in the world. We’re using its vast rooftop space to create new capacity for solar power in New York City and deliver a sustainable energy alternative to the surrounding community,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “One hundred years after its groundbreaking, BAT continues to redefine itself and how it gives back to the city around it.”

While the use of solar technology has increased over the years, installation costs, space requirements, and a lack of rooftop ownership has made investing in solar energy challenging in New York City. By leveraging space at BAT, a City-owned asset, the solar garden will offset energy costs for subscribers. These subscribers will cooperatively own the solar array, participate in the project’s governance, and potentially earn dividends in the long-term.

Interested residents and businesses can visit SunsetParkSolar.org for more information.
UPROSE, along with partners Co-op Power, Solar One, 770 Electric Corp and Resonant Energy will develop an 80,000 square foot community solar garden on the roof of BAT’s Building B. Once up and running in late 2019, subscribers will join the New York City Community Energy Cooperative and make monthly payments in exchange for solar energy credits that reduce their energy bills. The project is expected to serve approximately 200 households and businesses, and result in more than $1 million in net electricity bill savings for New Yorkers over 25 years.

While similar programs have been launched in Minnesota, Colorado, and Massachusetts, all resulting in energy cost-savings, the project at the Brooklyn Army Terminal is unique for leveraging rooftop space in a dense urban setting and sharing its ownership with subscribers.

Solar installation company 770 Electric Corp. will hire local job trainees to help install the project. As part of their community engagement, UPROSE will also recruit residents to participate in a free solar installation training program facilitated by Solar One.

“I’m proud that two environmental organizations in my district, UPROSE, a leader in environmental justice, and Solar One, a leader in local shared solar, have been selected to partner in this innovative community solar project,” said Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). “Community outreach, education and participation is key, and UPROSE is well suited to maximize local workforce development. I am particularly excited that they will be recruiting unemployed residents to participate in a free solar installation training program. The devastation of Hurricane Sandy, fueled by climate change, left its mark on the Sunset Park waterfront.  This project will help Sunset Park take advantage of that waterfront to harness solar power and be at the forefront of sustainable climate solutions.”

“One of my first initiatives as Brooklyn borough president was the creation of my Renewable and Sustainable Energy Taskforce (ReSET). I believe it is essential to clean and green Brooklyn’s energy consumption, making our borough a model for our city and country. Solar One and UPROSE are great non-profit organizations that are committed to advancing the twin missions of affordability and sustainability. The sun is rising on a new day on Sunset Park, and this community solar garden captures and harnesses that beautiful energy,” said Brooklyn Brough President Eric L. Adams.

“A working waterfront means a waterfront that works for every New Yorker, especially those who are often left behind by new investment and development. The new Community Solar Garden will advance that cause, and I am proud that Sunset Park will host the first-ever cooperatively-owned solar project in New York State. This is an example of what happens when government takes seriously its responsibility to give the community a seat at the table in every aspect of governance and maintenance of the City. However, we must ensure the promise is delivered, and I will work with NYCEDC, UPROSE, and Solar One to ensure local Sunset Park residents reap the benefits of this new and exciting solar project,” said City Council Member Carlos Menchaca.

“Not only will this project be the first of its kind in NYC, allow hundreds of New Yorkers and businesses to offset their energy costs and create new jobs, it will also help move our city closer to embracing clean energy and a green future,” said Council Member Paul Vallone, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development. “I look forward to the continued growth of solar power throughout NYC and to future projects at the Brooklyn Army Terminal that will help to grow our economy.”

“It is so appropriate that The Brooklyn Army Terminal is emerging as both a manufacturing and solar energy hub. We should be incorporating clean energy into development projects whenever possible. I am happy to see local grassroots organizations such as UPROSE taking part in this innovative project and I look forward to seeing long-term Sunset Park residents being trained and hired for the jobs to come,” said State Senator Velmanette Montgomery.

“Brooklyn can help lead the nation with this new solar power project. As we strive to end our reliance on fossil fuels and work to improve Planet Earth and the environment, use of solar power and other methods will help us in so many ways. Let’s make sure everyone knows about this new cost savings and energy efficient project at the Brooklyn Army Terminal,” said Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz.

“We are excited about the incredible opportunities provided to us by the development of community solar at Brooklyn Army Terminal. UPROSE has long held that the crisis of climate change must be addressed by expanding democratic control over resources and elevating community into positions of leadership and decision-making. This is particularly true in environmental justice communities like Sunset Park,” said Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, UPROSE. “We commend the NYC Economic Development Corporation for recognizing this opportunity, and we look forward to developing an innovative solar project that brings clean renewable energy to Sunset Park community members, utilizes public assets for maximum public benefit, and takes us one step closer towards climate justice and a just transition for a frontline neighborhood.”

“Ownership is the key! We want to thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation for working together with our partners and us to create an incredible opportunity for people in the Sunset Park community of Brooklyn to own something of great value: a shared solar array. This project will provide not only the economic benefits of owning a large shared solar array but also the political and social benefits that go along with ownership,” said Shakoor Aljuwani, Coordinator, New York City Community Energy Cooperative (Co-op Power).

“Sunset Park Solar is a powerful example of community-driven renewable energy development. This project demonstrates that all New Yorkers, regardless of income, employment or homeownership status, can play a meaningful role in our transition to clean energy. We applaud NYCEDC for their leadership on this initiative and look forward to supporting its success,” Christopher J. Collins, Executive Director, Solar One.

“770 Electric Corp. could not be more proud to be part of this fantastic community-based solar project at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. As a local Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) solar installer, we understand the importance of these projects to bringing renewable power to a broader demographic,” said Sandy Bar, President, 770 Electric Corp. This project will give many local electric rate payers access to clean renewable power at an affordable rate. We are honored to be a part of this team, and to support the proliferation of clean energy in many more communities throughout New York. We can only hope that with the success of this project, NYCEDC will continue to utilize its roofs to make solar more accessible across New York City.”

“It is long past time for low-income communities to start seeing meaningful benefits from the clean energy revolution. We are proud to bring our years of solar development expertise to this Brooklyn Army Terminal project, which demonstrates both the environmental and social impact that our industry is capable of,” said Isaac Baker, Co-Founder, Resonant Energy.

“Renewable energy is vital to meeting our urgent climate goals,” said Mark Chambers, Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “As the first-cooperatively owned community solar garden anywhere in the state, this project will bring solar power to hundreds of families and businesses who otherwise lack access to clean energy alternatives. This groundbreaking project’s benefits don’t end there: it will also result in cleaner air, lower costs, and more jobs for New York City.”

“Sustainable CUNY is proud to be working with the NYC Economic Development Corporation through the NYC Solar Partnership to support shared solar projects like the Brooklyn Army Terminal Solar Garden,” said Tria Case, University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation. “Projects like this and the Partnership’s recently launched Shared Solar Gateway are helping to open the door to solar access for more New Yorkers.”

“The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance is enthusiastic to support UPROSE’s leadership in bringing the benefits of clean and renewable energy to deserving Sunset Park residents. This project, being the first of its kind, will provide essential lessons on how to expand renewable and clean energy opportunities to environmental justice communities long overdue for solutions that meaningfully dismantle disproportionate environmental, economic, and energy burdens. This project is a vital first step to addressing environmental justice and just transition goals across our City and State,” said Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance.

BAT has emerged as a hub for modern manufacturing in New York, with over 100 companies making everything from high-end chocolate to 3D printed clothing and sustainable furniture. Earlier this year, NYCEDC celebrated BAT’s 100th year by unveiling half-a-million square feet of space for over 1,000 new jobs, welcoming an impressive roster of innovative tenants, and launching forward-looking initiatives to connect residents to modern skills and job opportunities. Today, the campus is home to nearly 4,000 jobs.

Since the start of the de Blasio administration, solar power capacity has more than quadrupled, providing more than 140 megawatts (MW) of electricity and directly supporting more than 2,700 jobs across the five boroughs. Another 60 MW are in the process of being installed. These efforts support the Mayor’s goal of installing 1 gigawatt of solar capacity citywide by 2030, enough to power 250,000 homes.

About NYCEDC

New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.

About Brooklyn Army Terminal

The Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) is a modern industrial campus powered by the rich legacy of the South Brooklyn waterfront. The three million square foot campus is home to over 100 businesses and nearly 4,000 jobs. The de Blasio Administration has invested over $115 million into the Brooklyn Army Terminal to further transform the former U.S. military supply center into a hub for modern manufacturing and accessible jobs. Visit BklynArmyTerminal.comfor more information.

About UPROSE

Founded in 1966, UPROSE is Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community-based organization. An intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally-recognized organization, UPROSE promotes sustainability and resiliency in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood through community-based planning, advocacy, popular education, organizing, and youth leadership development. To learn more about UPROSE, follow them on Twitter (@UPROSE), Facebook (UPROSE BK), and Instagram (@uprosebrooklyn).

About New York City Community Energy Cooperative

Sunset Park Solar participants will become owner-members of the newly founded New York City Community Energy Cooperative. They will receive approximately 20% off their electric bill each year. They’ll also have a say in their co-op’s priorities. Visit www.cooppower.coop/NYC_CEC for more information.

About Solar One

Founded in 2004, Solar One is an environmental nonprofit in NYC that runs diverse programs including K-12 environmental education, green workforce training, and programs that help New Yorkers adopt clean energy. Since 2014, Solar One has helped more than 250 NYC buildings install solar through its Here Comes Solar program. The organization also completes customer enrollment for community solar projects, and is providing technical assistance to some of NYC’s first community shared solar projects.

About Co-op Power 

Founded in 2004, Co-op Power is a network of consumer-owned community energy cooperatives serving Massachusetts, southern Vermont and New York. Members in NYC are represented by the New York City Community Energy Cooperative. Co-op Power is a multi-class, multi-racial movement building  a sustainable and just energy future through local ownership of sustainable energy generation, enterprises, and good green jobs.

About 770 Electric Corp.

Founded in 2006, 770 Electric Corp. (WBE) and its affiliate Grid City Energy, are a family-owned turnkey solar installation company. 770 Electric Corp. has over 12 years of commercial and residential solar experience in New York City and Long Island. The company has developed and installed hundreds of successful solar projects in partnership with affordable housing providers, non-profit partners and City agencies.

About Resonant Energy

Founded in 2016, Resonant Energy is a mission-driven, solar energy development company dedicated to making solar power accessible to urban low and moderate income communities. Resonant Energy was incubated by Co-op Power and provides financial modeling and project management expertise to support the successful implementation of solar projects.

NYC Green Leasing & Smart Submetering Webinar

High performance leases or green leases can reduce utility bills by up to $0.51 per sq. ft. and cut energy consumption by up to 22 percent, according to the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). Today’s smart submetering solutions enable landlords to maximize their building value with precise tenant billing that will reduce their operating expenses AND boost their bottom line.

On August 16th, 2018, The Institute for Market Transformation and CircuitMeter presented on how to identify, promote and implement strategies to align financial and NY energy incentives for landlords and tenants with high performance leasing and smart submetering solutions.

See the webinar below:

You can also download the presentation HERE

 

Clinton Hill Co-op Building Energy Assessment

Located in a convenient, thriving and ‘happening’ neighborhood of Brooklyn, the Clinton Hill Cooperative Apartments are a 12 building, 1,200 unit pet-friendly community in a lush park-like setting, featuring beautifully renovated co-ops, 24-hour security, live-in staff and laundry rooms.  Affordable prices provide buyers with an incomparable value, without the hassle of board approval.

NYC 2030 District member Clinton Hill is receiving a building energy assessment conducted by the District at no charge to help identify some of their best energy conservation measures (ECMs) and evaluate the current Con Edison incentives. We were also joined by two of our summer engineering interns, who gained some valuable real-world experience.

We spent a great deal of time in their boiler room which provides the buildings with steam heat and domestic hot water. The NYC 2030 team also looked at their control systems, steam traps, and their pressure readings.

The NYC 2030 crew will also evaluate their solar PV orientation, plus their combined heat and power( CHP) options, as there are roof stacks and exhaust codes being in the Clinton Hill Historic District.

If you’d like more information on the NYC 2030 District please email info@NYC2030.org

NYC 2030 District Summer Reception

On June 27, 2018, the NYC 2030 District held its first annual Summer Reception at the top of the Fujitsu Airstage in Times Square. The New York City 2030 District is a non-profit organization committed to helping building owners reach their energy, sustainability and, resiliency goals through education, outreach & project aggregation.

The event was attended by our building owner stakeholders, service professionals, sponsors and volunteer members, where we announced our new Action Plan:

The NYC 2030 District Summer Reception Group PhotoNYC 2030 District Energy Audits The NYC 2030 team is utilizing the innovative simuwatt® Energy Auditor, a cloud-based, tablet and desktop software application that lowers the time and cost of providing high quality, commercial building energy assessments while preserving the data to facilitate reporting, portfolio-wide tracking, and reuse. Energy Auditor will be a valuable tool for our members seeking low-cost (+ FREE) ASHRAE Level I or II audits and will enable NYC 2030 to easily access energy benchmark data block by block, neighborhoods or by the NYC 2030 Districts!

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NYC 2030 District Project Aggregation
With the ability to provide revenue grade energy audits and as an Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Credentialed Project Developer, the NYC 2030 District will be better able to help reach our 80×50 goals with project aggregation. ICP protocols provide a much needed standardized roadmap to assess risk and deliver on project results by predicting energy savings, optimizing performance, and monitoring the outcome of energy efficiency investments in order to generate financial savings and returns.  ICP credentials and certifications are provided by Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), (home of LEED, GRESB, & the WELL credentialing systems).

The NYC 2030 District Summer Reception Group Photo and Haym

NYC 2030 District Project Financing
With our ability to aggregate projects utilizing ICP’s Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE) certification, the NYC 2030 District will be able to accelerate project development with lower costs and financing terms for our stakeholders. The NYC 2030 District will also promote and utilize NYSERDA and Con Edison’s new Pay for Performance (P4P) model, utilizing OpenEEMeter’s M&V 2.0 standards which lower M&V costs through automated calculations of savings

The NYC 2030 District Summer Reception Photo Frank

If you’d like more information on the NYC 2030 District please email info@NYC2030.org

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Metering 102 Guide

The Primer for Successful Submetering & Integration

Whether you have read our 101 Guide, or are already familiar with metering and submetering, our Metering and Submetering 102 Guide will take you through the three step process towards procuring submetering energy management. This guide will leave you with the basic knowledge necessary to perform a site survey, install submeters, and perform the reoccurring commissioning process (aka reoccurring revenue opportunities!).

Why get involved with submetering? Submetering makes it possible to have a smarter, more efficient building. Building owners will maximize their building value, minimize their utility usage and optimize their building intelligence; Contractors can create new revenue streams for themselves by offering submetering installs to their clients. Submetering is not yet mandated in any major city, but will be as soon as 2025 in New York City. Other cities plan to follow, so stay ahead of the curve by downloading our Metering and Submetering 102 Guide today.

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Con Edison Now # 2 Solar Energy Producer in North America

Company’s New Sustainability Report Also Details Operational and Environmental Improvements NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Consolidated E …


New York’s First Cooperatively-Owned Solar Project is Coming to Brooklyn!

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New York State to increase incentives for commercial, industrial solar projects

Source: Daily Energy Insider The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering more incentives to support commercial …


CCAs Will Power Community Solar, Storage & Microgrids

On April 28, 2016 elected & state officials, environmental leaders, business people and engaged citizens met to celebrate the launch of New York’s first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program and the announcement by keynote speaker Audrey Zibelman (left), Public Service Commissioner, that CCA will become a statewide program.

CCA is a state policy that enables municipalities to aggregate electricity demand and buy power in bulk on behalf of their community with the intent to procure alternative energy supplies while maintaining the existing electricity provider for transmission and distribution services.

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Sustainable Westchester (SW) has been granted approval by the NYS Public Service Commission to implement the CCA program called Westchester Power.  Approximately 110,000 residents and small businesses in Westchester municipalities will see lower electricity costs with 14 of the 20 participating towns selecting 100% renewable energy as their default energy supply.

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SW has been working to bring CCA to New York for over four years. Mike Gordon (right), co-chair of Sustainable Westchester and CEO of Joule Assets, led the NY CCA effort, and was also responsible for drafting all statewide and local CCA legislation.

CCAs can be the catalyst propelling wider distributed energy resources (DER) use by tapping into the existing community-base to integrate Community Solar, Community Storage, and ultimately Community Microgrids. Communities taking control of their power options was a central theme of the event, with the quote of the day:

“We (the community) are the ultimate DERs”

For Westchester County, producing electricity locally also translates into jobs that would otherwise go to out of state companies. Sustainable Westchester also plans to participate in Community Demand Response programs, generating revenues for its members and providing relief to the grid with hardware like smart thermostats.

The Power Up for Clean Energy New York was produced by the Bedford 2020 and the panelists (pictured below from left to right) were:

  • Mike Gordon, Sustainable Westchester, Joule Assets
  • Kate Burson, Tesla Motors
  • Micah Kotch, NY Prize, NYSERDA
  • David Sandbank, NY-Sun, NYSERDA
  • Glenn Weinberg, Westchester Power, Joule Assets

Moderator:

  • Karl Rábago, Pace Energy and Climate Center

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Little-Known Federal Appliance Standards Rank as #2 Energy-Saving Tool in U.S.

A Quiet Revolution: When Will the “Best Energy Efficiency and Climate Program You Never Heard Of” Get the Respect It Deserves in U.S. Energy and Climate Policy? Already Saving Enough Energy Annually to Power 1 Out of 3 Homes.

Apr 06, 2016, 13:08 ET from Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), Boston

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Clean Power Plan, Paris Climate Treaty, vehicle fuel efficiency standards and Energy Star grab all of the headlines when it comes to saving energy and cutting carbon pollution, even as another cornerstone of U.S. energy and climate policy gets little recognition: appliance and equipment standards.

Data from the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) show that a quiet revolution in U.S. appliance standards has resulted in the initiative holding the second largest energy efficiency policy spot in the nation – saving 5.3 quadrillion BTUs (quads) of energy in 2014, ahead of the better known Energy Star program, utility sector energy-efficiency programs, the impact of federal tax incentives, and other major national initiatives. Only corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for cars and trucks at 7.3 quads saved more energy in 2014 than did appliance standards.

U.S. energy appliance standards also stack up strongly in several other contexts:

Paris Climate Treaty. In its commitments made as part of the recently completed Paris Climate Treaty process, the Obama Administration set its overall carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction goals at 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. The carbon emissions reductions from appliance standards already completed since 2007 will cover more than 11 percent of the Paris pledge for 2025.

Clean Power Plan. Annual carbon emission cuts in 2030 from standards completed since 2007 will reach about 220 million metric tons, or about one quarter of the emissions reductions expected from the administration’s Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration’s highest profile action to reduce climate emissions.

Overall energy savings. Since President Ronald Reagan signed the original national appliance standards into law, savings from standards have grown to reach 13 percent of electricity consumption in 2015 and 4 percent of natural gas consumption. Because many more appliance standards are coming on line in the years ahead and existing standards have an increasing impact over time, the savings will swell to 20 percent of projected electricity consumption and 6 percent of projected gas usage by the year 2030. Already, the energy savings from appliance standards in the year 2015 were enough electricity to meet the needs of 43 million homes (i.e., more than one-third of current U.S. households) and the gas needs of about 10 million U.S. homes.

Upcoming appliance and equipment standards will mean even bigger savings. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued new standards for rooftop air conditioners and commercial warm air furnaces that will reduce energy use by 1.7 trillion kilowatt hours (kWh) over 30 years. To put that in perspective, that’s almost as much energy as is created by all the coal burned in the U.S. in a year to generate electricity.

Andrew deLaski, executive director, Appliance Standards Awareness Project, said: “Appliance standards are the ‘unsung hero’ of U.S. national energy and climate policy. From refrigerators to air conditioners, the Department of Energy’s appliance efficiency standards make major differences in nearly everyone’s life, covering products representing 90 percent of residential energy consumption and 60 percent of commercial consumption. The data make it very clear that we need to stay on track with a vibrant and robust appliance standards program in the coming years.”

Shannon Baker-Branstetter, policy counsel, energy and environment, Consumers Union, said: “Consumers Union views efficiency standards for appliances as a win-win for saving consumers money and reducing energy consumption and its environmental impacts. Raising the bar for efficiency of household products, with policies such as Energy Star and appliance efficiency standards, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to help consumers save money.”

Steve Nadel, executive director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), said: “Efficiency standards can slip by unnoticed because consumers and businesses don’t recognize the significant contribution they make in reducing their energy use and utility bills. It’s important they and other energy-efficiency measures get the credit they deserve so these initiatives can keep going and remain a vital part of our national energy policy.”

National appliance standards are already saving the typical U.S. household about $500 per year on utility bills. Taking into account appliances and equipment sold through 2035, consumers and businesses will save more than $1.9 trillion thanks to standards already on the books today.

In 2015 alone, appliance standards helped the United States avoid emissions of 300 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions from about 63 million automobiles.

California and other states started adopting minimum efficiency requirements for appliances and other energy-using equipment in the 1970s. The first federal appliance standards were enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Reagan in 1987. Over time, new laws signed by both Presidents Bush added additional product categories, and the DOE has periodically updated the standards. At present, more than 50 products are covered by federal standards, and state laws cover some additional items. The appliance and equipment standards cover products used in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

A quadrillion BTUs is equal to the energy output of eight billion gallons of gasoline or 36 million tons of coal or 970 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

ABOUT ASAP

ASAP (www.appliance-standards.org) organizes and leads a broad-based coalition effort that works to advance, win and defend new appliance, equipment and lighting standards which deliver large energy and water savings, monetary savings and environmental benefits. Working together, the ASAP coalition supports new and updated standards at the national and state levels through technical and policy advocacy and through outreach and education. ASAP was founded in 1999 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Alliance to Save Energy, the Energy Foundation, and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

EDITOR’S NOTE: A streaming audio replay of this national news event will be available as of 4 p.m. EDT on April 6, 2016 at www.appliance-standards.org.

The EE Reports Submetering 101 & 102 Guides

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New low cost and wireless metering solutions are creating unique opportunities for contractors seeking to expand their business model. Access to real-time energy monitoring can open the doors to substantial energy savings for your customers and recurring revenues for you.

Metering and Submetering Value Add:

  • Energy procurement and billing
  • Baseline and optimizing building performance
  • Project measurement and verification (M&V)
  • Equipment and Plug-load diagnostic
  • Occupant awareness and behavior change
  • Access to utility and market revenue programs

The following table from the Department of Energy presents metering-related savings ranges based on different uses for metered data:

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The Companion guide to Metering 101; Detail on how submeters work, selecting the right meter, and questions to ask before installing:

The Submetering 102 Guide will take you through the three step process towards procuring submetering energy management. This guide will leave you with the basic knowledge necessary to perform a site survey, install submeters, and perform the reoccurring commissioning process (aka reoccurring revenue opportunities!).