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Guest Blog: Energy Efficiency is Driving Deep Savings at These Schools

Energy efficiency doesn’t just contribute to a greener, more sustainable future: it also has direct cost savings for school districts in the here-and-now. At the K12 Facilities Forum, Meredith McDermott, Director of Sustainability at the New York City Department of Education, and Tony Cox, Chief Operating Officer at Rock Hill Schools (SC), shared how energy efficiency initiatives are …

May 16, 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. …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

April 12, 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 …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

March 12, 2019

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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 …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

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 …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

September 20, 2018

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Building Automation Systems

The ROI of Safety

Making safety a priority is, quite simply, good for business. Employers and employees alike benefit when a job site is clean, work is being performed in a professional manner, workers are carefully supervised, and safety procedures are followed to the letter. Safety First: It’s Good For Business Your energy efficiency upgrades can only be as …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

September 11, 2018

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Building Automation Systems

A Prescription for Ailing Buildings

One of the responses to the energy crisis of the 1970s, was to reduce heating and cooling requirements by sealing up our buildings. An unfortunate consequence of that remains today: chronically under-ventilated and unhealthy indoor environments – what we now refer to as “sick buildings.” Numerous research studies confirm that indoor environments directly impact employee …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

July 25, 2018

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Energy Systems Optimization

California Special Districts Association To Hold Annual Leadership Summit

The California Special Districts Association (CSDA) is holding its 6th annual leadership conference for special district general managers and management staff in Newport Beach, California from June 25-27. The CSDA Leadership Summit is an opportunity to network and for managers and emerging leaders of special districts to stay current on governance best practices, state laws, …

Ben Stewart

June 26, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

Gloversville Looks to Optimize Community Spaces Utilizing An Energy Performance Contract

The City of Gloversville, New York recently approved the installation of an energy systems optimization project that includes energy efficiency upgrades and improvements to infrastructure systems that deliver better comfort, fresh air, safety, and quality of life. The project is utilizing New York Article 9, also known as energy performance contract, that allows the energy …

Ben Stewart

June 15, 2017

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