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Ask The Expert: Correcting Misconceptions Surrounding Energy Performance Contracting

Kevin Wagner, an Account Executive at SmartWatt, hosted one of the break-out sessions at the 2019 SPEER Clean Energy Exchange.  We thought this presented a great opportunity to get some insights into the challenges that can keep organizations from achieving their energy goals. Kevin, what questions surprised you most during your breakout session? “It was …

Apr 22, 2019

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Building Automation Systems

What’s So Special About Special Districts?

Whether they’re heralded as shining examples of democracy or disparaged as autonomous “ghost governments,” special districts are generally misunderstood by the public.  If you’re unclear about what they are, what they do, and why they’re “special,” you’re in good company. Why They’re Special Special districts are, essentially, local-level government agencies, separate from cities or counties. …

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April 12, 2019

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Get a Grip! The Whys and Wherefores of Building Automation

Maintaining control of large buildings can be a huge challenge. In addition to rising utility costs, some areas can be too hot, some too cold. Lighting levels are frequently inconsistent and misaligned with the work requirements of the area. Ventilation can be great in some areas — evident by alert, energetic workers, and pitiful in …

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March 26, 2019

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Building Automation Systems

Is EPC Legislation The Solution You’ve Been Looking For?

Let’s face it: while upgrading facilities and infrastructure will help municipalities lower utility costs and achieve their sustainability goals, it can require a sizable initial capital investment.   Sizable capital investments can be challenging for cash-strapped municipalities. The good news, is that there’s a procurement law in almost every state that provides for a budget-neutral solution …

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March 12, 2019

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The ABCs of EaaS

Essentially, “as-a-service” represents a shift from businesses owning and maintaining their technology, to businesses only paying for the services the technology provides (think software, copiers, etc.). It’s all about simplicity — removing unnecessary complexity and cumbersome processes,  to make way for a more efficient way of running a business. It’s also about prioritizing where to …

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February 21, 2019

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Building Automation Systems

Delaying Energy Upgrades Impacts College Budgets

Faced with declining public funds and/or dwindling tuition revenue, many community colleges are having to do more with less. Nothing new there. The challenge, of course, is to reduce spending without shortchanging students, canceling programs and demoralizing staff. As such, college business officers and facility managers play an increasingly important role, as they look for …

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January 18, 2019

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Building Automation Systems

Food Producers Gain a Competitive Advantage with Efficiency-as-a-Service

Food producers have (dare we say it) a lot on their plate these days.  They’re having to deal with everything from economic and competitive pressures and availability of resources, to an aging workforce, and ever-rising operating costs. To stay competitive, food producers must stay on top of rapidly-changing consumer attitudes and market trends, technological advances, …

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December 4, 2018

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Bundled Energy Projects

Show Me The Money. Financing Your Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Since energy consumption has such a major impact on operating costs, effective energy management is critical to success for both public and private organizations. Yet, despite the favorable return on investment that improved energy efficiency provides, municipalities, businesses, and schools frequently struggle to find the capital required for much-needed energy efficiency upgrades. That was then. This …

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October 12, 2018

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Building Automation Systems

New York Municipalities Benefit From Energy Performance Contract Legislation

Let’s face it: while implementing major energy-efficiency improvements will result in substantial and long-term energy savings, they can require a sizable initial capital investment.  Sizable capital investments can be challenging for cash-strapped municipalities. Thankfully, there’s a risk-free, budget-neutral solution: An Energy Performance Contract. An Energy Performance Contract, or EPC, uses guaranteed energy savings to finance …

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September 20, 2018

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