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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. …

Apr 12, 2019

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Government

Does Buying Back Your Utility Owned Street lights Make Sense For Your Community?

If you are a  municipal leader trying to save your community every cent possible while improving public spaces and keeping everyone safe, then buying back your utility owned street lights might make sense. SmartWatt recently completed a project for the Town of Owego that will save the town approximately $45,000 per year in maintenance costs …

Ben Stewart

May 25, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

Wabash City Considering Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract To Fund Energy Efficiency Project

To combat high energy bills and failing energy systems, Wabash City, Indiana, is considering using Indiana Code 36-1-12.5 to update the small town’s aging infrastructure by installing new energy efficient equipment. Ed Myers, Account Executive for SmartWatt, recently gave a presentation on Indiana Code 36-1-12.5 to the Wabash City Council about leveraging the legislation that allows …

Ben Stewart

May 24, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

Energy Efficiency Incentives For Public Entities in Illinois are Back

Municipal officials in Illinois with big energy efficiency or infrastructure improvement projects planned for the second half of the year can rest easy after Ameren recently announced an extension of its incentive program. Ameren, a utility company that services Central and Southern Illinois, is picking up part of the state’s Energy Now incentive program for the …

Ben Stewart

May 23, 2017

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Education

Four Ways Performance Contracting Can Turn Outdated Infrastures in Schools to an A+

Cash strapped public schools throughout the United States educate billions of students annually on a shoe-string budget. School leaders earmark every penny toward educational programs and additional staff members, leaving them with little resources to optimize their aging and failing energy equipment and infrastructure. Windows and doors are drafty, HVAC units aren’t heating or cooling …

Ben Stewart

May 18, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

U.S. Department of Energy Names SmartWatt To Elite List of Top Energy Services Companies

SmartWatt was recently named as one of 21 next generation top energy services companies chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy as the most qualified in the United States. The 21 private-sector energy services companies were awarded a Department of Energy (DOE) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC). Through this contract, …

Ben Stewart

May 17, 2017

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Building Automation Systems

Building Automation System Basics: How to Improve Your Building’s Efficiency

Buildings with various kinds of energy systems like lighting, boilers, or HVAC can spend up to 57 percent of their operating budget on HVAC and lighting alone, oftentimes crippling the business or government entity that uses the space. On top of high energy bills, occupants of the space can experience discomfort due to uneven temperatures, …

Ben Stewart

May 16, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

Energy Trust of Oregon Teams With SmartWatt to Help Small Businesses Save on Energy

Small businesses often have dim, inefficient and energy-intensive lighting which results in unsafe areas, low productivity and high utility bills, forcing owners to spend money they would rather invest in their business to stay competitive. Energy Trust of Oregon and SmartWatt are working together to change that through Small Business Energy Savings. Small Business Energy …

Ben Stewart

April 28, 2017

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Prop 39

Fontana School District Leaders Use Hot Trend To Cool Their Schools

Fontana Unified School District was worried that their 38,000 students were too uncomfortable to focus and learn. The district’s antiquated roof top units couldn’t keep up with the demand to moderate temperatures throughout their buildings. Fontana Energy Manager Errol Glen and Director of Maintenance and Operations, Bob Copeland, were worried because teachers and administrators were …

Ben Stewart

April 25, 2017

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