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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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Bundled Energy Projects

Illinois Local Government Energy Conservation Act: A Tool for Municipalities to Modernize Infrastructures

Small municipalities in Illinois often face the challenge of aging infrastructure, with no budget to make improvements. But there is a tool that they can use  to turn their aging infrastructure woes around, it’s called Energy Performance Contracting in Illinois. With this tool, drafty windows and doors, aging  boilers and other HVAC equipment all can be …

Ben Stewart

March 28, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

Spaces With Controlled Energy Systems Create Optimal Results

People who work or learn in well-lit spaces  — and with the heat or air set at optimal levels — have increased productivity, safety and happiness.   There is a direct correlation between lighting and HVAC levels and the happiness, safety and productivity of the people who use those spaces, energy optimization experts say. A …

Ben Stewart

March 23, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

Six Energy Systems Optimization Measures County Leaders Can Choose To Improve Facilities

Library visitors want brightly lit reading nooks, juries want to hear trial evidence in comfortably temperature controlled courthouses, and jail employees want to feel safe when they are walking through empty corridors. County leaders want to combat aging and failing equipment, drafty doors and windows, dim lights, and rising utility bills. All of those problems …

Ben Stewart

March 22, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

ABCs and 123s of Creating Optimal Learning Environments for Students

School districts and higher education institutions are realizing that optimal thermal comfort and light levels are directly correlated with a student’s ability to learn. “When students struggle to see because of poorly lit rooms or are too cold or too hot, they can’t learn at their highest potential,” said energy optimization expert Geoff Stim. “They …

Ben Stewart

March 21, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

Are Your Energy Systems On Trend?

As homes become smarter — using motion detectors to turn on lights and smart thermostats to automatically adjust heat or air-conditioning depending on the season — people expect their workplace to have similar efficiencies and conveniences so they can work better, experience more comfort and be safer. To meet the users’ demands and achieve financial …

Ben Stewart

March 17, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

Six High Impact Energy System Improvements For Cities, Towns & Villages

Aging and failing equipment, drafty doors and windows, dim lights, and rising utility bills often plague cash strapped municipals across the country. All of those problems affect the quality of life, productivity and happiness of the people working and visiting those spaces. Government leaders often turn to energy systems optimization companies, leaders in the energy …

Ben Stewart

March 16, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

Four Ways Municipalities Improve Lives With Performance Contracting

Municipalities strapped for cash and burdened with aging infrastructure, occupant discomfort, and unsafe environments for citizens have the option to turn to performance contracting to solve their problems. Performance contracts are budget-neutral as project costs are paid for by the guaranteed energy savings realized from the energy optimization projects. Many states have enabling legislation that …

Ben Stewart

March 15, 2017

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Performance Contracting

What is a Performance Contract?

What is a Performance Contract? A performance contract is a tool that allows public entities from an entire county to a rural town, to partner with an energy systems optimization company to innovate bundled energy projects that achieve modernization of infrastructures, budget reduction, efficiency, and sustainability goals without the need for upfront capital. Performance contracts …

Ben Stewart

March 10, 2017

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