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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

Madison County Chooses Energy Systems Optimization Company Over Traditional ESCO

Employees and visitors of Madison County were uncomfortable in the county’s facilities in central New York: rooms were too hot in the summer, and too cold in the winter, and the lights were too dim. On top of being inefficient with disparate temperatures and low light levels, the energy systems were a burden on the …

Ben Stewart

March 9, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

INDUSTRY NEWS: SmartWatt Helps Gloversville Earn Clean Energy Community Distinction

SmartWatt, a nationwide energy systems optimization company, recently partnered with the City of Gloversville, NY to implement energy efficiency measures that earned the smart city a Clean Energy Community distinction. The Leader-Herald wrote about the project. Read the full article here.

Ben Stewart

March 8, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

INDUSTRY NEWS: SmartWatt Generates Buzz Over Energy Systems Optimization Project in New York

SmartWatt, a nationwide energy systems optimization company, is working with the village of Cazenovia in New York to implement a bundled energy efficiency project that includes a solar energy systems at the water treatment plant and LED street lights. The Eagle News recently reported on the energy-saving initiatives. To read more about the project, click here.

Ben Stewart

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Government

Clean Energy Communities Earn Green Designation and NYSERDA Grant Money

The Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Program offered by NYSERDA encourages municipalities in the state of New York to become sustainable through positive energy choices, and are being rewarded financially for doing so. Local governments can use the NYSERDA program for energy system optimization to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, and improve facilities for …

Ben Stewart

March 7, 2017

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Education

Still Time to Raise Your Hand for Proposition 39 Funding

K-12 school districts in California have just five months to start the process to improve their facilities and comfort of their students using Proposition 39 funding. To take advantage of the $2.5 billion in Proposition 39 funding, the wheels have to be in motion well before the state’s August 1, 2017 deadline. The measure directs …

Ben Stewart

March 1, 2017

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Building Automation Systems

Fulton County Takes Back Control with Performance Contracting

Fulton County needed to get control of the energy systems powering their buildings. The county’s complex of buildings in Johnstown, NY was equipped with an aging and inefficient HVAC system that wasted energy and was in danger of failing, causing County officials to worry about the possibility of expensive emergency repairs. To make matters worse, the …

Ben Stewart

February 28, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

K-12 School Districts Benefit From An Energy Systems Optimization Approach

As a K-12 school district undertaking an energy efficiency project, it is crucial to look for a partner who has a wide range of expertise and takes into consideration all of your needs and constraints: the needs of your students and teachers, the ability and experience to work in sensitive environments, and the expertise to …

Ben Stewart

February 27, 2017

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Building Automation Systems

INDUSTRY NEWS: EnviroPolitics Names SmartWatt As PACE Supporter

SmartWatt was mentioned in EnviroPolitics for supporting Pennsylvania legislation that would allow local governments to work with private lenders on low-cost and long-term energy systems optimization projects at commercial and industrial facilities. The legislation, officially named SB-234, would establish the state’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. Currently, 33 states plus the district of Columbia, …

Ben Stewart

February 26, 2017

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