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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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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 …

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March 12, 2019

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Building Automation Systems

Delaying Energy Upgrades Impacts College Budgets

Faced with declining public funds and/or dwindling tuition revenue, many community colleges are having to do more with less. Nothing new there. The challenge, of course, is to reduce spending without shortchanging students, canceling programs and demoralizing staff. As such, college business officers and facility managers play an increasingly important role, as they look for …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

January 18, 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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Energy Systems Optimization

Energy Efficiency Finance Models Spelled Out To Achieve Modernization

Work environments across the nation battle crumbling infrastructure, dim lights and antiquated energy systems. Building owners wrack their brains trying to find a solution to keep their workers happy, comfortable and productive without breaking their bank. There are ways to acquire modernization without expending up-front capital through energy financing. There are many energy efficiency finance …

Ben Stewart

July 14, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

Check Out This Checklist BEFORE Signing An Energy Performance Contract

Want to replace end of life energy equipment and aging infrastructure to enhance the comfort, productivity and safety of your workers? Hoping an energy performance contract will pay for the efficiency measures, but hesitant about the confusing contract jargon? You should be. Sometimes energy services companies write the contract to protect them, not you. Here’s …

Ben Stewart

July 11, 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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Bundled Energy Projects

Municipals in New York Rely On Energy Saving Performance Contracts to Improve the Infrastructure that Impacts People Most

Cities, towns and counties in New York faced with end of life equipment and aging buildings can upgrade the infrastructure that delivers comfort, fresh air, safety, and quality of life to employees and taxpayers despite having no capital do so. It doesn’t even take a miracle, just a little known piece of legislation called an …

Ben Stewart

June 12, 2017

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