Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Performance contracting in Washington, but not Cheshire

I know it's "impossible" to engage in a performance contract in Cheshire, but somehow others find ways to engage in PC so they can conserve energy, protect the environment and save money...

August 4, 2008

DOE Announces Contracts to Achieve $140 Million in Energy Efficiency Improvements to DOE Facilities

TEAM Energy-Savings Projects to Have Energy Improvements Pay for Themselves

PHOENIX, Ariz. – U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency David Rodgers today announced the first four Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) to help the federal government save approximately $13 million on energy and energy-related costs per year. The contracts will also enable $140 million in energy efficiency improvements to DOE facilities, as part of the Department’s Transformational Energy Action Management (TEAM) initiative. As part of the Bush Administration’s comprehensive energy strategy to reduce energy waste and greenhouse gases, the TEAM initiative seeks to reduce energy intensity across DOE’s nationwide complex by at least 30 percent and to reduce water consumption intensity by at least 16 percent, both by 2015, and to acquire at least 7.5 percent of all energy from renewable sources by 2010. By utilizing ESPCs, contracts that are paid for from cost savings resulting from improved energy efficiency, the TEAM initiative seeks to maximize energy system improvements.

Too bad that performance contracting "doesn't work" in Cheshire.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

Come on Tim, you don't really think the majority can understand performance contracting, do you?

I hope they all listened to Joe Lieberman tonight when he said to put party politics aside.
We need to get people who will choose what is right for Cheshire, not what is right for their party.

Anonymous said...

Efficiently running our town’s facilities is a great idea. Where it breaks down is associated with the financial self interests of several groups. These groups of the financially well off are well compensated with our status quo approach to operations of town facilities.

Whether you are a card carrying union member/town employee or some lawyer doing real estate closings in town or some real estate developer or some heating and air conditioning firm etc., you will stand to lose and lose big to well executed performance contracting. After all, there will be job cuts and increases in job productivity (more work for the same pay!). Likely, support services will come out of some for profit big company’s regional facilities not some local dealer facility in town, etc.

On the other hand, if you are one of the thousands of highly over taxed and under served town residents you become an instant winner. TW, you need to get the word out, write letters to the editor, get interviewed by a couple of newspapers and maybe the 6 o’clock news . . .

Bill said...

The Air & Army National Guard under this program started install the Airius Thermal Stabilization fans in their hangers around the US 2 years ago. The average savings in energy used to heat hangers has been reduced by a bit over 45%. The military is putting these systems in many other military facilities because of the short time paybacks and immediate reduction in costs to heat their buildings. These systems would work well in the firehouses, schools, gyms, auditoriums.

Anonymous said...

Are there any examples of effective performance contracting on a similar scale that Cheshire would be doing? IE similar communities? To show the cost/benefit ratios?

Anonymous said...

Tim White Listen:

I feel an obligation to honesty and truth to share with you some facts. My Father and Mother instilled in me the values and morals of treating people fairly and always being honest. If you purchase something, you pay for it. If you borrow something, you give it back.

I have been "stiffed" three times in my 30 year professional career by someone who I rendered services to, gave a finished product to, but who refused to pay for those services even though they acknowledged the services and products were correct, were what they asked for, and were never challenged for not being correct. I am lucky in having only three, but those three hurt badly.

Joe Biden was one of those people. I worked on his 1988 Presidential campaign financial disclosure engagement. I busted it for him and got everything right. He stiffed me for over $15,000 worth of work. He refused to pay once he dropped out of the race. I did similar Capitol Hill campaign financial disclosure work for Bob Dole, Pat Buchanan, and a Democratic candidate for Ambassador to New Zealand. All of those folks paid even though they lost the election or did not get the appointment. That type of work is very demanding and very tedious because your efforts are scrutinized by Congress. Biden did not care.

I am on the Board of Directors of a company that owns a majority position in a private jet management company in Northern Virginia. They manage jets for businesses and rich folks. They also charter planes to the public. This past winter John Thompson chartered over $250,000 worth of air time. He paid every penny.

Joe Biden, in his latest unsuccessful run for President, chartered over $150,000 worth of air time. He PAID ZERO. He continues to refuse to pay stating his race is over and he is out of money. He never once complained about his flights. Joe Biden is a rich man. He could pay.

Joe Biden is a liar and a cheat. I know it first hand. Character is what life is all about. Joe Biden is a man of bad character and sets a bad example for America.

I feel compelled to share this dark side of a man who asks for your vote and trust.

Best Regards,

Bruce D. Riddle, CPA, CFP
BDR Associates, LLC
2401 Research Boulevard, Suite 101
Rockville, MD 20850

Work - (240) 631-1981
Cell - (301) 580-7800

Fax - (240) 631-2778
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An I honest and truthful? Give me a call.

Anonymous said...

UPS Is Delivered Green Award

By David Hamilton, theWHIR.com

September 2, 2008 — (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Data center research organization the Uptime Institute (uptimeinstitute.org) has given the United Parcel Service’s (ups.com) Windward data center a Green Enterprise IT Award based on the facility’s energy conservation measures including natural cooling.

Located in Alpharetta, Georgia, the Windward UPS facility won the “Facilities Site Physical Infrastructure (Power and Cooling) Overhead” category in the inaugural Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Awards to be awarded every year.

According to a report from TMCnet (tmcnet.com), UPS’s energy efficient data center includes two centrifugal chillers providing 2,000 tons of cooling and two absorption chillers providing an additional 800 tons each. More importantly, the center boasts a 650,000-gallon thermal storage tank that dissipates heat cost effectively and provides 20 hours of emergency cooling.

Since 2000, the UPS facility had a “plate-and-frame” heat exchanger, also known as “water-side economizing,” a process that uses outside air to cool its water cooling, allowing data centers to turn off chillers for as much as seven months of the year. According to TMCnet, the facility shut down its chillers on October 11 and did not turn them back on until May 18, 2008. Its annual energy savings are an estimated 1,440,000 kilowatts, saving up to $100,000 and reducing carbon emissions by 1,000 tons.

UPS was among seven companies winning Uptime Institute awards, including Sun, AOL, NetApp, the Bank of Montreal, Hewlett Packard and Nationwide Mutual Insurance.

HP alone won awards in the IT Strategy category for Implementation and in the Green IT Beyond the Data Center for Implementation and Innovation.

According to the organization, the Uptime Institute’s Green Enterprise IT awards recognize organization that are “actively and profitably pioneering energy efficiency improvements in their data centers.” As a secondary function, the awards “recognizes the greening of IT through enabling software applications or management initiatives where the energy savings occur outside the data center?like telecommuting or airline or truck delivery scheduling as well as through more energy efficient desktops, laptops and other devices not housed in data center environments.”

Post by: Mike Rocci