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Municipal Energy Counsel

Major Connecticut Municipality

Represent Connecticut's third largest city with respect to energy issues. Capital projects include counseling the City towards achieving its goal of baseloading all City facilities with distributed generation where feasible. Advice extends to feasibility determinations, application selection, Requests For Proposals (RFP), contracting, funding and financing and includes all City facilities - public safety, schools, municipal, and libraries. In terms of efficiency, the firm negotiated lightbulb replacements, demand reduction, installation of high efficiency equipment, building envelope design, selection of contractors, use of state and federal funding programs. In the area of competitive procurement, the firm helped the City to sign a long-term contract with supplier at lowest competitive rate in the state. This savings allowed City to make investment in renewable energy and meet 20% by 2010 goal three years early. As for distributed generation, the firm negotiated the implementation of baseload generation at all City facilities where feasible, reducing grid imports, and lessening demand. This also provides the City with security against outages and ability to remain operable in times of power outages. In terms of demand response, the firm assisted with the implementation of backup and emergency generation and load shedding strategies to allow the City to reduce grid usage during peak demand days, enabling the City to receive payments for being available to reduce usage when called upon by the regional independent system operator. The firm also handles regulatory proceedings and agency interaction, including DPUC, Siting Council, Bureau of School Facilities.
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