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Six Ways Energy Performance Contracting Benefits U.S. Schools

Cash strapped public schools throughout the United States educate millions of students annually on shoe-string budgets. Every penny that can be is earmarked for student programs. This means that there’s little left for anything else — like upgrading facilities. Unfortunately, 53% of U.S. schools need to make infrastructure upgrades just to provide ‘good’ conditions for …

Rebecca E. Eden

Mar 17, 2020

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Centrica Business Solutions + SmartWatt: Better Together

SmartWatt has been delivering customized energy optimization solutions nationwide for more than 18 years. To date, we’ve completed 30,000+ energy efficiency projects. As a result, we have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as one of the top energy services companies in the country. We’ve always been a different kind of energy …

January 17, 2020

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Louisiana Embraces Energy Savings Performance Contracts

Situated at the mouth of the Mississippi River, Louisiana has abundant crude oil and natural gas reserves both on and offshore.  It is one of the top five natural gas-producing states, accounting for 7% of U.S. total gas production. Louisiana also has 17 oil refineries processing up to 3.3 million barrels of crude oil per …

January 10, 2020

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Energy Resilience

Resiliency: A Smarter Approach for Municipalities

Citizens rely on their elected officials to keep the lights on, communication systems running, and emergency services operational when the grid goes down. With both the frequency and severity of natural disasters increasing every year, cities, states and counties all across the U.S. are looking for ways to improve their resiliency in the event of …

December 9, 2019

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Lessons Learned: Energy Management Solutions for U.S. Colleges & Universities

Since budget shortfalls are the ‘new normal,’ these days, both public and private colleges in the U.S. are having to do more with less. The challenge, of course, is to manage tight budgets without impacting student programs or demoralizing staff. Reducing utility costs through more efficient energy management is an obvious solution—enabling colleges to cut …

November 1, 2019

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Battery Storage

Energy Resilience: The Solution For Surviving Power Outages

While it seems counter-intuitive, the list of things you can count on seems to be growing these days.  There’s death and taxes of course, but now there’s also extreme weather events and frequent power outages. The annual number of billion-dollar disasters over the past three years was more than double the long-term average. Consider this: The …

October 10, 2019

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Commercial & Industrial

Energy Efficiency Day: Why It Matters.

As of this posting, 502 local governments, universities, organizations, corporations, and utilities are participating in this year’s annual Energy Efficiency Day, October 2, 2019. #EEDay2019. The Energy Efficiency Day message is simple: “Save Money. Cut Carbon. Breathe Easier.” You can check out their site, for energy-saving tips, and add your organization to the list of …

September 30, 2019

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Commercial & Industrial

Considering Solar? Consider This.

There’s been a lot of positive press surrounding Fortune 500 companies, cities, and schools committing to net-zero energy goals. Perhaps because of this, organizations around the globe are looking to renewables like solar PV to solve their energy challenges.  According to new research conducted by Centrica Business Solutions, 79% of businesses are planning to increase the …

September 13, 2019

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Building Automation Systems

The Benefits of Enterprise-Wide Energy Management

A combination of new state regulations, fluctuating electricity prices, urgent environmental issues, and public pressure have companies all across the U.S. reexamining their energy management and sustainability practices. And for good reason.  Nearly 82% of commercial buildings in the U.S. were built before 2000. As such they simply aren’t as energy efficient as they could …

Kelsey Raftery

September 3, 2019

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