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ENERGY STAR News: July/August 2001 — Our Partners

Pace Micro Technology Makes the First ENERGY STAR Labeled Set-Top Box

Pace Micro Technology joined ENERGY STAR as the first partner to place the ENERGY STAR label on set-top boxes (home gateways) that meet or exceed the ENERGY STAR specifications for energy efficiency. The first Pace product to carry the ENERGY STAR label will be the set-top box developed for Time Warner Cable (the Pace 510). ENERGY STAR labeled set-top boxes have a more energy-efficient standby or “low-power” mode than their counterparts.

Neil Gaydon, president of Pace Micro Technology Americas, commented, “We are delighted to be the first set-top box manufacturer to provide ENERGY STAR labeled set-top boxes. Pace is always at the forefront of industry developments through our investment in research and development. This is now paying dividends not just in service delivery, but in energy efficiency and pollution prevention, too.”

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ENERGY STAR Awareness Campaign in New England

The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc. (NEEP), a consortium of gas, electric, and efficiency utilities, recently launched an exciting new consumer awareness campaign for ENERGY STAR labeled lighting and appliances that teaches consumers that there’s a better way to save energy than sacrificing lifestyle.

The new advertising campaign is called “There’s a Better Way to Save Energy” and combines two TV spots and a radio spot. These spots will run in Boston, Worcester, Providence, Long Island, NY, and in Burlington, Montpelier/Barre and Rutland/Woodstock, Vermont.

The comprehensive campaign also includes:

  • eye catching, in-store point-of-purchase materials to communicate ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency messages to consumers at the retail level;
  • new Web site: www.betterwaytosave.com, featuring detailed information on ENERGY STAR labeled appliances and lighting;
  • rebate program; “Store to Door Sweepstakes” with the grand prize being a truckload of ENERGY STAR labeled appliances; and
  • educate students about energy efficiency

NEEP members include:

  • Connecticut Light & Power (Northeast Utilities) and The United Illuminating Company in Conn.;
  • Massachusetts Electric and Nantucket Electric (National Grid),
  • NSTAR Electric,
  • Keyspan Energy Delivery,
  • Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Company (Unitil) and Western Massachusetts Electric Company (Northeast Utilities) in Mass.;
  • The Narragansett Electric Company (National Grid) in R.I.;
  • Granite State Electric (National Grid),
  • Public Service of New Hampshire (Northeast Utilities) and New Hampshire Electric Co-op in N.H.; Long Island Power Authority (LIPA); and
  • Efficiency Vermont.

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Outstanding Partners: Education Sector

Several educational institutions across the country met ENERGY STAR’s Honor Society Challenge, which recognizes the amount of energy saved and pollution prevented through energy-efficient upgrades. Winners of the challenge have reaped significant financial and environmental rewards.

Sheridan School District, Arkansas

  • All facilities were upgraded during the first six months, and those savings were used to fund facilities that needed larger capital improvements and longer paybacks
  • In the first two years, Sheridan Schools saved $210,527, a sum that exceeded Johnson Controls’ guaranteed savings by almost $50,000

Selinsgrove Area School District, Pennsylvania

  • Entered into an energy savings agreement with Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • From September of 1994 through August of 1998, upgrades yielded $409,802 in energy and other savings
  • Saved 18 percent annually on energy costs
  • Savings went toward education

The University of Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Yielded $16 million in energy savings during the 1990’s
  • Computer modeling was used to prioritize retrofit projects
  • Building meters documented the actual savings for further investment
  • Operational analysis, sound policy and planning, staff training, and preventative and predictive maintenance efforts all provided the opportunity to maximize building efficiency

University of Michigan, Michigan

  • In two years, the University upgraded 2.2 million square feet of building space in 18 buildings
  • Conducted energy-efficient lighting retrofit on 14 buildings
  • Completed energy tune-ups and worked on load reductions, distribution improvements, and plant improvements on all 18 buildings
  • 47 projects were approved during the year costing a total of $1,256,000 and yielding an expected annual energy savings of $342,000

School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Each year, the district pays $27 million in energy costs
  • Since 1982, the Save Energy Campaign has saved more than $150 million — that money goes directly to education and incentives for the schools

Webster University, Missouri

  • Since 1997, upgraded 45 buildings serving 6,000 students
  • Replaced all the fluorescent lights and incandescent lamps with engineered reflectors, T-8 lighting, and electronic ballasts
  • Installed compact fluorescent lamps for exit signs

Union County Public Schools, North Carolina

  • Installed energy-efficient exit signs, HVAC units, and gas water heaters
  • Installed energy management systems to allow remote scheduling and control of HVAC systems
  • Improved the inadequate lighting in several buildings
  • Obtained savings of $152,000 in one year

Kingston School District, New York

  • Agreed to a $6.9 million energy performance construction project with a 10-year payback period
  • Retrofit the district’s 14 campuses with T-8 lighting
  • Replaced windows at three schools and replaced four boiler rooms with pulse boilers
  • Installed a networked computerized energy management system in all buildings
  • Managed an energy cost savings of 35 percent per year
  • Received an ENERGY STAR Award in 2000

Harrisburg Area Community College, Pennsylvania

  • In the1990’s, aging HVAC systems were replaced, and new energy management systems installed
  • The project cost $2.3 million with a payback of seven years
  • Upgraded lights across the campus, replaced five rooftops, and four water heaters

Columbia School District, Missouri

  • An energy management program was initiated in August 1996
  • By 2000, the district saved approximately $1.4 million through the energy management program
  • Goal is to increase energy savings by $75,000 each year

Alexandria City Public Schools, Virginia

  • Retrofitted schools with energy-efficient lighting systems
  • Replaced heating and cooling systems with high-efficiency gas heating and electric cooling systems
  • An average annual savings of 14,257 MBTUs
  • Energy conservation measures between 1996 and 2000 yielded $174,648 in savings per year over the four previous years

University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri

  • Saves over $2.2 million annually, a reduction of 12.5 percent
  • Upgraded 98 percent of exterior lighting to high-pressure sodium
  • Upgraded 85 percent of interior lighting to energy-efficient T-8 lighting with electronic ballasts
  • Upgrades save $900,000 per year and reduce electrical consumption by nearly 13 million-kilowatt hours of electricity annually
  • Received an ENERGY STAR award in 1997

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Hospitality Industry Uses ENERGY STAR to Help Offset Rising Energy Costs

The hospitality industry in the United States is one of the nation’s most energy-intensive sectors with over $5 billion spent on energy each year. Hospitality companies that embrace energy-efficient technologies will therefore be uniquely positioned to save on energy costs.

In the past six months, companies such as Choice Hotels, Columbus Hospitality Group, Marriott, Sheraton, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts have become active partners in ENERGY STAR in an attempt to find guidance and solutions to help their businesses weather the storm during the energy crisis.

“The situation in California illustrates quite clearly that our nation’s energy resources are precious and finite,” said Daniel Rothfield, senior vice president for Emerging Business Opportunities and E-Commerce for Choice Hotels. “Choice is committed to improved energy performance and the reduction of air pollution emissions.”

Many hotels have been forced to charge customers in California a nightly surcharge to cover rising energy costs. Crowne Plaza Hotel, operated by the Columbus Hospitality Group, has been able to avoid this surcharge because they have fully renovated their hotel to include energy-efficient upgrades and embrace a host of energy-saving products. Cliff Paulson, facilities director, expects these measures to save the 276,000 square foot hotel about $54,000 a year and reduce energy consumption by five percent. This figure is expected to increase as more energy measures are implemented.

“When we started this program, we had no idea the cost of energy was going to go up the way it has; we were very fortunate and we have far exceeded our payback,” said Charles La Garce, chief executive officer of the Columbus Hospitality Group. “We’re maintaining reasonable costs even with the cost of energy going up 20 to 30 percent due to our investments in energy efficiency.”

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Realtors in Washington Promote ENERGY STAR

In the first partnership of its kind, John L. Scott Real Estate has partnered with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Puget Sound Energy in a realtor-focused pilot program to promote ENERGY STAR lighting and appliances to new home owners in Washington State.

Since people who have recently moved into a home are disproportionately interested in ways to save money and time, The New Home Owner promotion capitalizes on these concerns by encouraging the purchase of energy-efficient products and the smart use of energy.

Ten John L. Scott Real Estate offices in the Puget Sound area were selected to participate in the program, which is scheduled to end in June 2001. Agents are distributing 1,000 “Welcome Bags” to new homeowners. These bags contain energy-saving information, an ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb, and coupons for discounts on ENERGY STAR labeled appliances and lighting products, which may be used at Sears and The Home Depot.

In addition, John L. Scott is voluntarily supporting additional ENERGY STAR awareness through outreach in Seattle-area newspapers, and a brochure and Web page, that both provide energy conservation strategies to new homer owners.

This promotion has generated substantial press within the industry, suggesting that in the future, more real estate agents will join forces with ENERGY STAR partners. For additional information contact Katherine Neebe at kneebe@ecosconsulting.com or (503) 525-2700 *108.

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1,000 New York State Schools Improve Efficiency

The collaborative efforts of RLW Analytics and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have enabled 1,000 New York schools to improve their energy performance through strategic energy management and energy-efficiency upgrades.

The energy cost reduction project was designed by NYSERDA to utilize funding from the System Benefits Charge (SBC) to support schools. Originally conceived as a Consolidated Edison of New York initiative, the project initially included benchmarking only select private schools, but was later expanded to include schools in the upstate utility service areas. The final project, which began in October 1999 and ended in June 2001, was refined to include developing benchmarks through ENERGY STAR of 1,000 schools (500 private schools in the Consolidated Edison service area, and 500 schools in five upstate utilities that collect SBC).

A key element of their work was to conduct telephone surveys with school administrators, input the schools’ data onto the ENERGY STAR Web site and use the online portfolio manager to analyze, track, and compare results to make improvement recommendations.

After the surveys and benchmarks were completed, the lowest-scoring schools received mini-audits and on-site visits, which included a preliminary walk-through audit to identify and analyze potential energy-saving opportunities and presentations about funding and technical support opportunities available through NYSERDA. At the end of each visit, school officials were urged to contact NYSERDA to explore the savings opportunities available to them.

The benefits to the schools were:

  • Schools learned some easily identifiable energy cost reduction measures in lighting, motors, HVAC, and insulation. They also received a report indicating the potential savings and simple payback calculations.
  • Some schools received a lighting upgrade design, photometric layout for direct application, free compact fluorescent light bulbs, and pulse-start metal halide fixtures.
  • Through benchmarking, schools had the opportunity to effectively track their energy costs, and greatly reduce their monthly energy bills.
  • In some situations, RLW Analytics provided a third party assessment and endorsement of performance contract proposals that the schools were considering.

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ENERGY STAR Partners Recognized in Los Angeles

On June 1, 2001, five 2001 ENERGY STAR award winners serving Southern California, — Arden Reality, Inc., Hilton Hotels Corp., Hines, Johnson Controls Inc., and Servidyne Systems Inc. — were honored for their success in reducing energy use by employing strategic energy management practices and energy-efficient savings strategies. These companies have been tenacious in their efforts to help solve California’s energy crisis by proactively taking the initiative to reduce their energy use. In doing so, they have decreased their demand on California’s limited supply and freed up valuable energy for others.

In 2000, through their combined efforts in California, these five companies alone have offset more than 1,000 megawatts of peak summer capacity, which equate to enough energy to power one million California homes. For all their contributions, they were heralded as role models and publicly recognized at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) forum at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California in the presence of their peers-commercial real estate industry leaders-and the media.

“Today more than ever, it’s crucial that we highlight some positive things that businesses are doing in California — and nationally — to seize the rippling effects of this energy crisis. Approximately 7,200 organizations have joined ENERGY STAR, and their investments make good business sense — I am pleased to have the opportunity to recognize five energy champions – five ENERGY STAR partners — that have demonstrated through their top-level commitment that strategic energy management is more than a buzzword. It is the way of doing business.” – Jean Lupinacci, Director, Commercial and Industrial Branch, ENERGY STAR

The award winners demonstrate that a comprehensive approach to energy performance enables buildings to profitably cut energy costs. If all commercial and industrial building owners implemented the system-wide ENERGY STAR strategy over the next decade, energy bills would cumulatively sink by $130 billion.

Read specific details about these and all our award winners.

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