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For Immediate Release: 4/14/2014
|Montgomery County Expands Energy Performance Contracting Initiative|
The Department of General Services (DGS) today announced the selection of three energy service companies (ESCOs) to expand its Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) Initiative, a comprehensive effort to reduce energy consumption in County facilities.
The selected contractors -- AMERESCO (www.ameresco.com), Energy Systems Group (http://www.energysystemsgroup.com/) and NORESCO (www.noresco.com) -- will install energy-saving equipment and upgrades that are paid for through long-term utility cost savings.
“It’s vital that Montgomery County continues to reduce carbon emissions and move towards a sustainable, clean energy future,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. “As Montgomery County encourages residents and businesses to reduce their energy consumption and switch to greener energy sources, we are doing the same thing in our own County facilities. Our Energy Performance Contracting Initiative is a win-win for the County, using some of the cost savings resulting from installing more energy efficient equipment to pay for the new upgrades.”
DGS is responsible for more than 400 facilities comprising over nine million square feet of space. The County’s first EPC project, at 401 Hungerford Drive in Rockville, is nearly complete and is expected to save about $159,000 annually in energy costs. DGS has identified more than two dozen additional facilities that are candidates for the EPC Initiative.
“The expansion of our EPC Initiative bolsters the County’s commitment to reduce electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,” said DGS Director David Dise.
EPC is just one part of DGS’s ongoing efforts to implement County Executive Leggett’s commitment to sustainability. DGS recently established the Office of Energy and Sustainability to coordinate green strategies across County operations. The department is in the process of establishing public/private partnerships to design, build, own and operate solar photovoltaic systems on dozens of County facilities.
Each new or substantially renovated County facility over 10,000 square feet is required to achieve a silver LEED rating under the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Most projects strive to achieve LEED gold. DGS’ most recently completed green buildings include the Animal Services and Adoption Center, White Oak Community Recreation Center and the Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operations Center.
For more information on County projects visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DGS.
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Media Contact: Esther Bowring, 240-777-6507
|Release ID: 14-157|
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