ESC's Efforts in Connecticut Pay Dividends
the State of Connecticut was one of several states that the ESC worked
with to develop and implement a new ESPC program based on the ESC's Best
Practices and resources.
On March 27, Connecticut’s “Lead by
Example” (LBE) program announced that a municipality, a state agency,
and a state facility are the first three organizations to take advantage
of the state's new Performance Contracting process. The City of
Bristol, the Connecticut Department of Corrections, and the Connecticut
Valley Hospital have all taken the key step forward to begin energy
efficiency projects designed to reduce energy costs for the state and
municipalities, upgrade facilities, create jobs, and drive investment in
The Department of Energy and
Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Department of Administrative
Services (DAS) have developed a standardized program that enables
agencies and towns to more easily enter into these performance
contracts. The program includes pre-approved contractors, on-call
advisors, standardized contract templates, and targeted financial
assistance, which will help ensure that state agencies and
municipalities see positive results from this program.
towns and state agencies beginning to use the innovative Performance
Contracting approach we are achieving an important milestone in Governor
Malloy’s broad energy agenda for the state,” said Daniel C. Esty,
Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
“Performance contracting offers an attractive, low-cost approach to
bringing down energy costs, and we look forward to supporting many more
state agencies and municipalities that choose to take advantage of this
“The Department of Corrections is pleased to be among the
first participants in the state’s new energy efficiency performance
contracting program,” said Leo Arnone, Commissioner of the Connecticut
Department of Corrections. “This program will allow us to save a
tremendous amount of money through energy efficiency upgrades at our
facilities, which can then be spent on much more urgent needs.”
“The City of Bristol is eager to save money through this exciting
performance contracting initiative,” said Bristol Mayor Art Ward. “We’ve
been looking for the right way to go forward with these upgrades, and
we’ve finally found it. My special thanks to the Mayor’s Task Force on
Energy Consumption for their work on this ambitious project.”
The energy savings performance contracting program is a collaborative
effort across state government, involving the Offices of Attorney
General George Jepsen and State Treasurer Denise Nappier, the Clean
Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), the Departments of
Administrative Services (DAS), Energy and Environmental Protection
(DEEP), and Construction Services (DCS), and the Office of Policy and
Management (OPM). This initiative will be further supported by a
public/private partnership with local non-profits such as the Tremaine
Foundation, the Common Sense Fund, and the Hampshire Foundation, who
will create awareness of the performance contracting opportunities among
Established in the milestone energy legislation
Public Act 11-80, DEEP and DAS jointly administer the LBE program.
In addition to its performance contracting program, LBE has allocated
more than $10 million to 44 different energy efficiency projects across
state government, with an average payback period of less than six years.
LBE is also in the process of installing energy monitoring systems at up
to 100 of the state’s largest energy consuming buildings, which will
reduce energy usage through targeted recommendations for low- and
no-cost efficiency measures. Interested parties can find out more
about the LBE, including the performance contracting program, at
ESC Membership votes to
approve by-law amendment
More that 30 percent of the ESC
membership voted on an amendment to the ESC by-laws. The final
tally was 100 votes in favor of adoption and 4 votes against the
proposed change. Under the change the Board now has more
flexibility to work directly with Chapters in the event of a leadership
vacuum to elect new officers or to hold other votes of the Chapter
membership as directed by the Board.
ESC Announces It Will Host the 2nd Annual Market
Transformation Conference in Denver
The Energy Services
Coalition’s Market Transformation Conference 2013 is being held August
13 and 14 in Denver. This is a must attend event if you’re
interested or invested in advancing the benefits of public facility
retrofits through energy conservation efforts and sustainable
initiatives. The event is planned to be educational, interactive
and a chance for you to engage with your peers in the public and private
sectors devoted to the success of public facility retrofits. Space
is limited. Register today by visiting the
website stainable initiatives. The event is planned to be
educational, interactive and a chance for you to engage with your peers
in the public and private sectors devoted to the success of public
facility retrofits. Space is limited. Register today.
ESC Announces Its Newly Elected Board of
Directors and Officers
of Directors took office this month to serve a two-year term.
Representing the ESCO industry are Bill Davidson, Christine Keck, Grady
Bailey, Matt Gates, Steve Truebner and Tom Walther. Representing the
state public sector are Peter Berger (Minnesota), Hillary Dobos
(Colorado), Amy Butler (Michigan), John Means (Georgia), Len Hoey (North
Carolina) and Eileen McHugh (Massachusetts). Representing the finance
industry is Karen Keeler Pelzer. The category of equipment suppliers and
technical service providers is represented by Rhonda Courtney and George
West. And, nonprofit organizations and others are represented by Doug
Dahle and Jim Arwood. Jim Ploger represents the National Association of
State Energy Officials (NASEO).
The Board elected its officers
to serve the next year: Christine Keck, President; Tom Walther,
Vice-President - Private Sector; Amy Butler, Vice-President - Public
Sector; Jim Ploger, Secretary; Doug Dahle, Treasurer.
ESC Announces Its Newly Elected Board of Directors and Officers
The 18-member Board of Directors
was elected this month to serve a two-year term. Representing the ESCO industry are Bill Davidson, Chuck Hall, Ray Hinson, Bill Skosky, Fred Ventresca and Tom Walther. Representing the state public sector are Joel Asrael (Colorado), Amy Butler (Michigan), David Godfrey (Georgia), and Eileen McHugh (Massachusetts). Representing the finance industry is Karen Keeler Pelzer. The category of equipment suppliers and technical service providers is represented by Rhonda Courtney and Brad Jenkins. And, nonprofit organizations and others are represented by Doug Dahle and Jim Ploger. Jim Arwood represents the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO).
The Board elected its officers to serve the next year: Rhonda Courtney, President; Tom Walther, Vice-President - Private Sector; Joel Asrael, Vice-President - Public Sector; Amy Butler, Secretary; Doug Dahle, Treasurer.
Dale Hahs Became ESC's Executive Director
Dale Hahs, four-term President of ESC's Board of Directors, stepped down from his board position to take the reins as ESC's Executive Director. Hahs has been instrumental in moving the organization onto the national stage, passionately presenting in regional and national forums about how ESPC can not only improve the nation's infrastructure, but advance environmental stewardship, create real jobs now for economic development, and enhance our
ESC's Executives: left to right, Tom Walther, Private Sector Vice-President of the Board of Directors, Rhonda Courtney, President of the Board of Directors, and Dale Hahs, Executive Director.
national security by relieving our dependence on foreign fuel
sources. Hahs said: "It has been and will continue to be a joy
to work with ESC's Board of Directors and membership. Nowhere
else in the nation is there a group of energy experts so
dedicated to the uptake of a solution with so much to offer to
so many. The Executive Director role allows the opportunity and
heightened focus on fulfilling our goals to ensure that ESPC
takes its rightful place as a business as usual model for
comprehensive energy system modernization and the significant
benefits it affords."
Tom Walther, Vice President - Private Sector, remarked, "the addition of an Executive Director with the caliber of Dale Hahs positions the ESC to take the next step in leading the performance contracting industry with a clear mission and focus. Dale's passion for the business, his national and federal relationships and his unending work ethic make him the logical and best choice for this role - a lot like PC is the first and best conservation choice - it just makes sense!"
Rhonda Courtney Elected President of ESC's Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors elected Rhonda Courtney
as President to fill the vacancy left by Hahs and re-elected her
for the upcoming term. Courtney got involved with the ESC 10
years ago when she approached the State of Tennessee to start
an ESC State Chapter. As an early champion of ESC's
public-private partnerships, Courtney participated in the
Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina and Michigan
chapters. She was elected to the Board of Directors two years
ago, representing the category of equipment suppliers and
technical providers. As a new board member, she immediately
stepped-up to chair the Education Committee and set a new and
invigorating tone by involving a broad spectrum of ESC members
in the national committee which launched ESC's successful series
ESC is Participating in DOE's ESPC Technical Assistance Focus
ESC was awarded a contract with ICF International as one of the Technical Assistance Providers supporting the U.S. Department of Energy through Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The program provides hands-on assistance to grantees of the State Energy Program (SEP) and Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) in using ESPCs. This programmatic and project support builds on ESC's past work to establish best practice tools and resources - with the potential to grow the ESPC industry to ten billion dollars a year.
ESC Recognized its Founders and Early Leaders
|ESC's Co-Founders: Mike Glenn (center), Bret Hunter (right) and Linda Smith (left) presenting the ESC Beginnings webinar. |
ESC's three co-founders got together in Salt Lake City to go down "memory lane" along with its first executive director, in the ESC Beginnings
webinar. Mike Glenn, former director of the Utah Energy Office, and Bret Hunter, formerly in the ESCO industry, described starting the public-private partnership in Utah. Linda Smith, formerly with the Colorado Governor's Energy Office, shared how Colorado's interest in Utah's partnership spurred a regional public-private partnership in other western states. "It took off like wildfire," said Smith. and before long nearly all western states had participated in gatherings. Formalized as the Western Regional Coalition, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Michael Arny
got involved through DOE's early ESPC educational programs and led the
Western Regional Coalition to become the national Energy Services
Coalition. The recent ESC Board of Directors honored its early founders
Seeing the ever growing need to use Energy Savings Performance
Contracting to help grow jobs, modernize infrastructure, shore up our
fundamental economic foundation and advance environmental stewardship
without upfront capital to support the effort, the board of directors is
proud to announce the appointment of an Executive Director of the Energy
Services Coalition to help us all achieve these goals.
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Fundamentals of ESPC
Don’t miss this timely and relevant review of the principles of
Energy Savings Performance Contracting. A great read for
policymakers, program developers, industry providers and a must for
every client planning to benefit from the considerable rewards of Energy
Savings Performance Contracting.
Now is the time to Join ESC (or renew your annual membership)
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Savings Performance Contracting and energy efficiency world...and there
is a lot going on. Don't miss out...Sign up today!
Help expand ESC's mission to work at the state and local level to
increase energy efficiency and building upgrades through energy savings
performance contracting. ESC offers a variety of funding levels and
associated benefits to sponsors.
Contact us to find out how you or your
organization can participate.
Mark Your Calendar: ESC Beginnings - an ESC webinar
Did you ever wonder how the Energy Services Coalition (ESC) got started?
ESC is delighted to host a webinar with its founders to reflect on ESC's
beginnings and how its mission and approach remain relevant today.
Join us on Friday,
September 10, 1:00 ET.
National ESPC View - an ESC webinar
In case you missed this webinar,
National ESPC View,
visit ESC's webinar library and watch it at your leisure.
Representatives from three key organizations provided national insight
on performance contracting, sharing their perspectives on the next
generation of performance contracting, ARRA funding deployment to date,
the difference between spending and leveraging funds and more. Speakers
included Dale Hahs, President of the ESC Board of Directors; David
Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy
Officials (NASEO); and Donald Gilligan, President, National Association
of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).
ESC Webinar Library - View past webinars
Check out ESC's other past webinars at the
ESC webinar library.
Watch It! Watch this collection of
ESC videos to hear performance
contracting insights from industry professionals, government officials
ESPC Success Stories - Universities
Take just a few minutes to check out these featured video clips. Two
university facilities directors talk about their experiences with
- David E. Brixen, Associate Vice President - Facilities
Development and Management, Arizona State University (Phase 1 - $30
million project; Phase II - $40 million project in process)
- Dan Heater, Physical Plant Director, Fort Hays State University
($4.7 million project)
ESC-Michigan - Chapter
organizational meeting August 19th in Lansing.
Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo will be held Aug. 30 - Sept. 2,
2010 in Honolulu to demonstrate the world's future of clean energy
generation and smart grid infrastructure in Hawaii. Several sessions
focus on performance contracting to highlight Hawaii's successes.
Mark Your Calendar:
National ESPC View - a webinar
ESC is delighted to host a webinar bringing together representatives
from three key organizations who will provide national insight on Energy
Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC). The panelists will share their
perspectives on the next generation of ESPC, ARRA funding deployment to
date, the difference between spending and leveraging funds and many
other topics that will be discussed. Speakers include Dale Hahs,
President of the Board of Directors, Energy Services Coalition (ESC);
David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy
Officials (NASEO); and Donald Gilligan, President, National Association
of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).
Join us on Friday, June 4th, 1:00 EST.
Watch It! Watch this collection of
ESC videos to hear performance contracting insights from industry
professionals, government officials and end-users.
Take just a few minutes to check out these featured video clips. Two
municipal directors talk about their experiences with performance
- Gregory Morgan, PE, Director-Utilities & Public Works, City of
- Mark Tucker, Director - Facilities Maintenance of Pinal County,
North Carolina ESC Chapter: The
North Carolina ESC Chapter just held a golf outing as a fund-raiser
and had a good showing at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy
Conference with a booth and a break-out session on performance
Colorado ESC Chapter: With plans to put on a workshop this
Colorado ESC Chapter is hiring two student interns for the summer to
help with workshop planning and to provide the student an inside public
and private view of the performance contracting industry. The students
also will work on a plan to introduce the industry to Colorado's
universities, mainly engineering departments.
Colorado ESC Chapter Meeting March 2010
Retiring ESC Board Member: The
ESC Board of Directors thanks Jim Arwood for his participation on
the Board representing Arizona's energy office and for serving as Vice
President - Public Sector. In his new role as Southwest Regional
Coordinator for the National Association of State Energy Officials
(NASEO), Jim plans to continue working on ESC's Market Transformation
Committee. We'll continue to value his participation.
New Board President - Dale Hahs
ESC's Board of Directors elected Dale Hahs to return to the position of
Board President as Ray Hinson stepped down. The Board thanks both for
their leadership during these exciting times as the ESC continues to
ESC is saddened to share with you that our friend Larry Knox passed
away on January 6th. We'll miss Larry in so many ways. He was an
active ESC Board member representing the State of Alabama, he helped
make ESC's Alabama chapter a huge success, and to many of us he was our
Webinars a Hit in 2009 and More to Come
ESC hosted quarterly
webinars in 2009: Bigger Bang for the Buck - Leveraging Funds,
Optimizing Economic Stimulus Dollars through Energy Performance
contracting, Green Performance Contracting, and Build America Bonds. If
you missed one or want to share it with others, find the recorded
version by following the link above.
Performance Contracting for Local Governments - Webcasts
ESC's Dale Hahs and
NAESCO's Donald Gilligan co- presented a two-part webinar for DOE on
performance contracting this month, part of the U.S. DOE's Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
outreach to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG)
audience. If you missed these, you can view the presentations (audio
coming soon) for both sessions: Basics of Energy Savings Performance
Contracting (presented 1/14/10) and Energy Savings Performance
Contracting Program Implementation (presented 1/21/10). Find these as
well as other informative past and future DOE/EERE
Catch the Recording - Green Performance Contracting
continue to be a hit! Over 100 participants logged on to the webinar on
Green Performance Contracting - Using a Paid-from-Savings Project
Approach to Earn a LEED Certification presented by Rob Van Der Like.
Rob has more than thirty years of experience in the building industry -
planning, design, construction, project management, operations &
maintenance, and energy management and has worked with over a dozen
school districts across the nation to help them achieve LEED
certification for existing buildings. If you missed it, no problem -
Mark Your Calendars - ESC Presents Build America Bonds
next webinar will be held on Friday, December 4th, 1:00 ET. Karen
Keeler, ESC Board member representing financing companies, and other
professionals yet to be identified will discuss Build America Bonds
provided through ARRA that offer 35% federal rebates for states and
Chapters In the News
ESC Alabama: The next chapter
meeting will be held on November 23rd in Montgomery. The chapter
just hosted its 4th Annual Alabama Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy Conference.
ESC Mississippi: The chapter just hosted Performance Contracting
101: Energy Efficiencies via a Budget-Neutral Approach.
ESC North Carolina: The chapter was recognized by the North
Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NC SEA) as the 2009 Business of
the Year for Energy Efficiency. The November meeting's speaker was Josh
Stein, Legislator of the Year, who sponsored legislation to expand the
use of performance contracting in the state.
ESC Recognizes Dave Edmunds: Dave served on the ESC Board of
Directors as a state representative from Tennessee and co-founded the
Tennessee Chapter in 2001 which led to the very successful Tennessee
Green Summit showcased above.
Congratulations to Board Member Jim Ploger! Mr. Jim Ploger
was honored recently when the Governor presented him with a Life time
Achievement Award at the 10th Annual Kansas Energy Efficiency
Two states issue solicitations for performance contracting services
RFQ for Energy Performance Contractors for State of Montana
Submittals are due to DEQ August 14, 2009
RFP for Energy Performance Contracting Services for State of Utah
Submittals are due August 4, 2009
Tennessee Green Building Summit: Funding and Doing GreenSeptember
22, 2009 - Marriott Airport Hotel, Nashville, TN
Alabama 4th Annual Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy ConferenceOctober
22, 2009, 8:30 - 2:30, Marriott Legends, Prattville AL
Green Performance Contracting - An ESC Webinar
September 4, 2009; 1:00 - 2:00 ET
Presented by: Robert N. Van Der Like, CSDP, CEM, LEED® AP
If you missed the last webinar on financing options, catch it at your
Bang for the Buck - Leveraging Funds.
New on the ESC website
For Local Governments: Strategies, rationale, and implementation
examples for local governments to use performance contracting
ESC Board Welcomes New Board Member
Joel Asrael, Commercial and Public Buildings Program Manager,
Colorado Governor's Energy Office, is ESC's newest board member. See
the feature article above about Joel's work in Colorado.