AEP Ohio has granted Energy Optimizers, USA, the Most Savings Achieved in 2016 award for the company’s outstanding performance and contributions to AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency programs.As a member of AEP’s Solution Provider Network, Energy Optimizers, USA, assists AEP Ohio business customers with making energy management upgrades and applying for incentives. Energy Optimizers, USA, uses AEP’s prescriptive programs – including energy efficient upgrades to lighting, HVAC systems and refrigeration – along with the company’s custom programs to achieve maximum rebate funds.
In 2016, those rebates added up to $550,000 for 45 AEP customers. The company’s innovative solutions enabled its clients to realize more than 5 million kilowatt hours in energy savings.
“We are proud to be such a highly-recognized member of the AEP Solution Provider Network,” said Greg Smith, president of Energy Optimizers, USA. “Our clients are largely funded by local and state tax dollars. We strive to make it easy for them to not only invest in the future with cost-cutting energy improvements, but to also benefit from all available tax incentives and rebate programs.”
“This award confirms that our efforts are paying off where it counts – for our clients and their taxpayers,” he added.
Julie Birchfield, customer outreach manager for Energy Optimizers, USA, noted that for many clients, the utility incentives make a program financially feasible.
“Energy efficiency offers a boost to the bottom line by reducing both immediate and long-term operational costs,” Birchfield said. “Incentives like those offered by AEP make it easier for our clients to gain those bottom-line benefits by reducing the overall payback period. With the program in place, they can then realize all the nonfinancial rewards, such as serving as energy conservation leaders in their communities.”
This is the first time that Energy Optimizers, USA, has received the award.
Ohio Awarded 2016 ESC Energy Stewardship Award
(Picture: ESC-Ohio Chapter co-chairs Lane Beougher of OFCC and Greg Smith of Energy Optimizers USA with the award plaque)
August 11, 2016: ESC President Tom Walther, presented the first ESC Energy Stewardship Awards to 10 states at the 5th Annual Market Transformation Conference. Awards. Ohio was recognized for a combination of state’s leadership, programmatic design, and the amount of private sector investment in guaranteed energy savings performance contracting in the state.
Since 1986, the public entities in the State of Ohio have partnered to with private sector ESCOs to promote GESPC solutions for failing and inefficient equipment in aging public buildings to reduce utility costs and energy and water consumption. To date, more than $1.25 billion in energy savings projects have been implemented in Ohio as a result of a GESPC.
About the Energy Services Coalition
The Energy Services Coalition (ESC) is a public private partnership promoting the benefits of, providing education on, and serving as an advocate for the widespread use of guaranteed energy performance contracting in public and private facilities. The ESC provides a unique forum in which all stakeholders can work together to address and overcome any barriers which are limiting the effective use of GESPC.
TIPP CITY, Ohio, March 2, 2017 – Just three years after contracting with Energy Optimizers, USA, on a project to reduce energy usage and save taxpayer dollars, Graham Local Schools has far exceeded initial projections for energy savings.
The district expected to save $81,885 on utility costs per year over three years, for a total of $245,655. Actual savings over that period are $409,681. Electric consumption was reduced by 32.4 percent and gas consumption is down by 24.2 percent. The savings are normalized, or adjusted to account for outliers in weather conditions and costs.
“We knew going into this project that it was the right thing to do in terms of conserving both energy and taxpayer dollars,” said Don Burley, Director of Operations for Graham Local Schools. “But we are floored by just how much we’ve been able to save. Better yet, the project has just about paid for itself in terms of savings. What better way to meet the needs of students than ensuring we are directing this money to the classrooms rather than the utility companies.”
Completed in 2012, the $574,130 project included:
The majority of the work was funded through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission’s House Bill 264 program, enabling the district to make these cost-cutting improvements at no additional expense to taxpayers while ensuring the guaranteed savings of the project are met or exceeded.
“Districts like Graham Local Schools are the reason why I founded Energy Optimizers, USA,” said Greg Smith, president and CEO of Energy Optimizers, USA. “The administrative team and Board set out to do what’s best for their students, their taxpayers and the environment. With a relatively small investment, they will see cost-reduction benefits for years to come. The results speak for themselves, and the entire community can be proud of the district’s leadership.”
BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport Exempted Village School District Board of Education heard some interesting facts about its energy consumption and savings on Wednesday.
Julie Birchfield of Energy Optimizers told the five-person panel, Superintendent Zac Shutler and Treasurer Dana Garrison that they would be receiving four updates a year from now on. She provided the information during the board’s monthly meeting in the campus media center.
“You will receive quarterly performance updates so you can see the project’s progression through the different stages for the first year,” Birchfield said. “We’ll do this for three years.”
She said the district has saved around $38,000 since going to this project.
“Obviously, we can’t control the rates on the energy costs, but some of the things that were put into place prior to my arrival have helped to level that out,” Shutler said. “If we didn’t implement the project, then we’d be paying much more.”
He said the district is entirely lit with LED bulbs.
“We have more efficiency, so it was a win-win,” he added.
Meanwhile, several students were recognized for their accomplishments, both in the classroom and in athletics. Each was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Shutler and board President Don Cash.
December/January Students of the Month included Jaren Tucker (freshman); Abigail Vitale (sophomore); Nicollette Cook (junior); and Caleb Nelson (senior).
Eleven middle and elementary school students were recognized for their work with morning announcements and recycling efforts around the school. They were Jonathan Bugaj, Cooper Dulesky, Zachary McKivigan, Adam Sommer, Neil White, Kolt Hess, Kelci McNeal, Riese O’Kernick, Kaden Otte, Jamison Springer and Malechi Lewis.
“It’s always great to see parents and family members in attendance to see their son/daughter get recognized for something good they have accomplished,” Shutler noted.
Uncover Potential Energy Conservation Opportunities in Your Facilities
In partnership with Green Energy Ohio and Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, Energy Optimizers, USA is excited to offer a special low cost – or even no cost* – comprehensive energy audit program to select Duke Energy customers in southern Ohio.
This just-announced Energy Audit Program provides ASHRAE Level 2 energy auditing services completed by professional and certified energy, mechanical, and electrical engineers. From this audit, the building owner will receive the appropriate information required to evaluate the potential energy conservation opportunities, including: utility analysis, facility benchmarking, facility walkthrough and data collection, environmental savings associated with energy conservation, financial analysis, and grant, rebate, and tax identification. Customers will also be informed of financing mechanisms and assistance in securing the desired approach. Depending on their needs, some financing options are: Commons Energy, Energy Savings Service Agreement, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), Ohio House Bill 264, Ohio House Bill 153, or bank financing, among others.
*Customers will receive an invoice for the cost of the energy audit, with 120 days noted as the payment due date. If an energy savings project is initiated within 120 days, the entire cost of the energy audit will be waived.
This program has been funded by a grant from the Duke Class Benefit Fund and has been designed to provide auditing and efficiency improvement services to the four following organization types: faith-based, local government, non-profit, and small commercial. This target customer base has traditionally been underserved by energy efficiency companies due to multiple barriers, including limited capital resources, lack of understanding of the benefits of energy efficiency, confusion with energy service providers offering a commodity service, and cultural barriers. Qualified candidates fall into one of the four categories and must be Duke Energy Ohio customers located in one of the following Ohio counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Montgomery, Preble and Warren.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for small businesses and non-profits to find opportunities to save money at their facilities,” Julie Birchfield, Program Manager, Energy Optimizers, USA said. “The ASHRAE Level 2 audit is very comprehensive. Upon completion, the customer will receive a detailed analysis report and our team will recommend effective solutions. We know that it can be a complicated process, and we take pride in putting ourselves in our customers’ shoes and simplifying it.”
The Energy Audit Program involves collaboration with Green Energy Ohio (GEO) and Interfaith Power and Light (IFPL), two key local organizations that will assist in outreach and client identification. GEO is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally and economically sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio. IFPL is a non-for-profit, whose goal is to empower a religious response to climate change and to promote energy conservation and energy efficiency. Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects, HVAC retrofit projects, building controls and energy education programs.
As your local and dedicated single point of contact, this team simplifies energy conservation projects from initial consultation through to project implementation.
We are also proud to announce the Energy Audit Member Discount Program in partnership with the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members can receive a Chamber Discount on an ASHRAE Level 2 energy audit service completed by professional and certified energy, mechanical and electrical engineers. The audit will provide potential energy saving opportunities that could save you thousands of dollars on energy costs each year!
Energy Optimizers, USA is a First Energy Program Network Ally
Energy Optimizers, USA has partnered with Springfield Local Schools on a $3.8 million project to make improvements in energy and electricity usage in all seven of the district’s buildings. The district anticipates a savings of $303,693 annually by upgrading and enhancing lighting and energy systems.
Courtesy of The Athens Messenger
By SARAH GUINN MESSENGER
Trimble school board members took action to reduce the district’s carbon footprint Tuesday evening by authorizing an overhaul of its lighting system to change all bulbs to LEDs by May of next year.
The service agreement with Energy Optimizers, based out of Tipp City, Ohio near Dayton, includes energy efficiency improvements and related ongoing services for 10 years totaling $1,084,294.03.
The total sum is broken down by a project buy down of $282,640 with monthly payments of $6,680.45 for 10 years.
Rebate dollars totaling $42,775 had been applied for by Energy Optimizers on behalf of the district and will be paid directly to the district by American Electric Power following close out of the project, according to a resolution on the school board’s agenda.
Rusty Bookman, a former superintendent for Meigs County Local School District and current representative for Energy Optimizers presented to the Trimble school board and administrators on the particulars of the energy-saving project.
The district currently uses T8 bulbs in its lighting fixtures, which burn 32 watts. Once the project is installed, the district’s wattage will decrease to 12 watts, Bookman said.
Current energy costs for the district come out to about $290,000 annually, Bookman said. Upgrading lighting controls and going to LED bulbs would bring the annual cost down to $74,244, according to Bookman, and net the district $33,648 in excess of the payments.
The project has been “a long time coming,” Treasurer Jared Bunting said. The biggest impact the project will have is making the students more comfortable, he said.
Bookman has seen LED lighting upgrades impact students, particularly those with disabilities, he said to the school board. Prior to upgrading, some teachers Bookman encountered on previous projects chose to turn off lights in their classroom because of an audible “hum,” he said.
Work is expected to begin in early January, and is scheduled as “third shift” to provide as little distraction to students as possible, Bookman said.
In other matters, school board members approved a five-year capital improvement plan as well as a transfer of $850,000 to the Capital Improvement Fund.
The funds will go toward correcting HVAC issues in replacing controls in both the high school and elementary/middle school building, Bunting said. It is expected to alleviate utility bill costs, he said.
Columbus – Ohio’s Republican voters and conservative independents are greener than state politicians might have believed.
They strongly support green energy and want to see more of it in Ohio, a new poll of only Republican and conservative independents has determined.
The poll also found:
“The survey clearly demonstrates support among conservative voters for a broad rage of policies to encourage energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy,” wrote Lori Weigel, a partner in the polling firm.
“The vast majority of voters in this conservative portion of the ideological spectrum say they would tell GOP candidates to back these kinds of policies. They think of renewable energy as a job creator, and place these sources of energy squarely in the mix of more traditional energy sources,” she wrote.
“They even go so far as to be willing to pay more in higher electricity prices if renewable energy cost more.”
The Ohio Conservative Energy Forum, a group led by Mike Hartley, former Kasich administration director of public liaison, sponsored the poll. Hartley will take part in a City Club of Cleveland luncheon panel discussion today on conservatives embracing renewable energy policies.
Hartley said the poll’s results clearly show that conservative voters want their candidates to support renewable energy policies and are more likely to vote for those who do. He said his group plans to talk to lawmakers and policy makers about the poll’s findings.
“Elected officials understand polling numbers,” he said. “Numbers don’t lie.”
He added that the poll did not strongly focus on the question of whether the state ought to return to traditional regulation, a topic the utilities have been talking to lawmakers about.
The survey did include a question about wind farms and state rules determining now close a wind turbine can be to other properties. GOP lawmakers slipped a new setback rule into a budget bill in 2014 that has effectively stopped all major wind development in the state. The poll found that 72 percent would support “more reasonable set-back limits for wind turbines.”
The poll also measured how voters feel about different kinds of power generation, including coal, nuclear and gas as well as wind and solar. It found that voters favor natural gas power plants and energy efficiency efforts, that solar is more popular than coal, wind or nuclear power.