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Six Ways Energy Performance Contracting Benefits U.S. Schools

Cash strapped public schools throughout the United States educate millions of students annually on shoe-string budgets. Every penny that can be is earmarked for student programs. This means that there’s little left for anything else — like upgrading facilities. Unfortunately, 53% of U.S. schools need to make infrastructure upgrades just to provide ‘good’ conditions for …

Rebecca E. Eden

Mar 17, 2020

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Government

Louisiana Embraces Energy Savings Performance Contracts

Situated at the mouth of the Mississippi River, Louisiana has abundant crude oil and natural gas reserves both on and offshore.  It is one of the top five natural gas-producing states, accounting for 7% of U.S. total gas production. Louisiana also has 17 oil refineries processing up to 3.3 million barrels of crude oil per …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

January 10, 2020

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Energy Resilience

Resiliency: A Smarter Approach for Municipalities

Citizens rely on their elected officials to keep the lights on, communication systems running, and emergency services operational when the grid goes down. With both the frequency and severity of natural disasters increasing every year, cities, states and counties all across the U.S. are looking for ways to improve their resiliency in the event of …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

December 9, 2019

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Bundled Energy Projects

Trust. But Verify: The Importance of Measurement & Verification

If it can’t be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion. — Robert Heinlein.   Increasing energy efficiency offers the most cost-effective opportunity for both private and public sector organizations to combat rising energy prices and achieve sustainability goals. But providing evidence of achieved savings is essential to securing funding and support. Measurement and Verification …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

July 24, 2019

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Bundled Energy Projects

Ask The Expert: Correcting Misconceptions Surrounding Energy Performance Contracting

Kevin Wagner, an Account Executive at SmartWatt, hosted one of the break-out sessions at the 2019 SPEER Clean Energy Exchange.  We thought this presented a great opportunity to get some insights into the challenges that can keep organizations from achieving their energy goals. Kevin, what questions surprised you most during your breakout session? “It was …

lgoddard@smartwattinc.com

April 22, 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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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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