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City of Springfield MA - An energy master plan success story

Abstract

In April 2005, Executive leadership at the City of Springfield became concerned with the lack ofinformation and understanding around the city’s energy usage and costs and wanted to gain a better understanding of how much energy the city was using, how much it was costing, whether these costs and usages could be controlled or reduced. City leadership wanted to use this information to improve their city and its facilities. Fast forwarding to 2018, the city has implemented so many improvement projects and saved so much energy in its efforts to implement energy efficiency and conservation projects that their results are astonishing. The city has earned the title of Green Community, a designation bestowed by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources for those communities meeting specific criteria. By 2018 the city surpassed a 26% reduction in energy usage from their baseline. The first two phases of a performance contract resulted in over $1.5 Million in financial incentives for their energy efficiency work. Their energy efficiency and conservation efforts have morphed into a climate action and resilience plan for the future that includes renewable energy and several partnerships with other city organizations. This presentation will focus on the initial efforts of the City staff, how to start such a program and the efforts to gain momentum to achieve such results. The presentation will include initial data collection efforts, results of electricity and natural gas procurements, results of benchmarking efforts to prioritize efforts. Discussion will include development of a major performance contracting effort with very successful results. As momentum continued to gain, the city was able to partner with its electric utility to continue implementation of project work and utilize available incentives. The presentation will focus on how a major municipality can start with virtually no information and create a very successful energy story for it’s constituents, employees, partners, and community

Speaker

Kathleen A. Stanley, CEM
Energy Manager
Energy Advocates

Kathleen is a Certified Energy Manager and holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Rhode Island. She is a Board Member of the Association of Energy Engineers and a past president. She has held positions with utilities, energy suppliers, building automation manufacturers, and energy data management companies.

Kathleen has held account management positions for suppliers of both natural gas and electricity and currently helps organizations save money and reduce risk as the founding principal of Energy Advocates LLC.

Kathleen has completed the Public Contracting Overview course offered by the Massachusetts Office of

the Inspector General. She is a recipient of the Mayor’s Energy Conservation Award, City of Springfield, MA and has earned the Master Sales Award from Johnson Controls.