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OHIO to save an estimated $38 million through energy performance contract

University implements water and energy conservation measures at 72 buildings for guaranteed energy and operational savings


Ohio University and Constellation announced a guaranteed energy performance contract (EPC) for more than $38 million in water and energy cost savings over a 15-year period.

Constellation was selected by competitive bid to provide energy efficiency and water conservation measures for 72 buildings at Ohio University’s Athens Campus. Under the terms of the EPC with Constellation, the upgrades require no upfront capital from the University.

Ohio University will use the guaranteed energy and operational savings from the conservation measures to fund the approximately $28 million project through low interest bonds from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority.

“We are excited to work with Constellation on this endeavor,” said Vice President for Finance and Administration Steve Golding. “This relationship will not only provide significant cost savings for the University, but will also move us closer to achieving the long-term goals outlined in our sustainability and climate action plans.”

By implementing water and energy conservation measures, Ohio University expects to conserve an estimated 9 million gallons of water and avoid the creation of 50,145 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually over the next 15 years.

“This project is a great example of the value of energy conservation and energy performance contracting for our public sector customers,” said Michael Smith, vice president of solar and energy efficiency sales for Constellation. “We look forward to working with Ohio University to help maximize energy savings and meet its environmental goals.”

The conservation measures installed by Constellation include: campus-wide interior lighting retrofits; air system and tower condition improvements; HVAC Direct Digital Controls expansion, upgrade and integration; variable-frequency drive installation on up to four dozen fan motors; kitchen hood improvements; pipe and blanket insulation; retro-commissioning of various building equipment and water conservation measures.

Work is scheduled for completion by summer of 2014.

A NAESCO-accredited Energy Services Provider, Constellation has assisted commercial customers and public agencies throughout the U.S. to implement energy performance contracting programs.