FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2015
City of Atlanta Launches First Phase of Energy Savings Performance Contract Initiative
ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta announced today that the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is one step closer to launching the Energy Savings Performance Contract Initiative which will evaluate 181 city buildings for energy and water usage.
On December 7, the Atlanta City Council approved five contracts and selected four energy savings companies to conduct investment grade audits on city facilities. Based on the audit, recommendations will be made for phase two of the initiative which will involve retrocommissioning of the City’s buildings. The program seeks to maximize energy savings by improving energy, water, and sewage efficiencies in the Department of Watershed Management, the Department of Aviation, the Office of Enterprise Asset Management, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation properties.
The selected facilities are less than 25,000 square feet and account for more than half of the City of Atlanta’s energy consumption.
“The City of Atlanta is a proud leader in energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Reed. “The Energy Savings Performance Contract Initiative moves us closer to our goal of reducing energy and water consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020. I’m confident that this initiative will enable Atlanta to set a high standard and establish best practices for other cities across the region.”
The investment grade audits will aggregate opportunities to increase efficiency into a portfolio of projects.
“City facilities offer tremendous potential for improving efficiencies. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is thrilled to work side by side with multiple city departments to move the needle with this important program,” says Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Director of Sustainability. “Based on information and analyses provided through the investment grade audits, the energy service providers will guarantee savings that will have a long-term, large scale positive impact for the City of Atlanta.”
Companies that have been awarded contracts to complete the investment grade audits include: Ameresco ARS LLC.; Noresco-Sg, LLC; Schneider Electric/ME Cubed Engineering JV; and Johnson Controls.
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