Federal Government

  • Savannah River Site

    The Department of Energy (DOE) signed the largest ESPC in United States history with Ameresco to save $34 million and 100,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Hill Air Force Base

    Ameresco has implemented $17.7 million in comprehensive energy projects at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, including a recent implementation of a ground-mounted photovoltaic array.

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  • National Archives

    The National Archives and Records Administration chose Ameresco to implement more than $14 million in energy-efficient upgrades, including crucial climate control systems that protect fragile historic documents.

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The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), established by the U.S. Department of Energy, is designed to help federal facility managers construct new facilities and update older buildings in compliance with new energy consumption regulations, including those in the Energy Policy Acts of 1992 and 2005, a number of recent Executive Orders and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

As a prequalified energy services company (ESCO) for government energy conservation programs within the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, Ameresco works with federal organizations to design, build and, in many cases, own, operate and manage energy projects financed through an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC). We can develop energy projects that eliminate the need for significant taxpayer funding by sourcing financing through cost savings generated by increased energy efficiency and reduced emissions. With Ameresco, FEMP benchmarks are not only met, but frequently exceeded.

"The energy savings performance contract with Ameresco brought major improvements to Wallops Flight Facility...This effort will single-handedly satisfy Wallops' federal energy reduction requirements beyond the horizon of all existing legislation and it contributes significantly to help to refresh aging infrastructure."

--Philip Smith, Energy Manager, Wallops Flight Facility

Ameresco's Federal Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracting Vehicles:

• Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) Program
• Energy Savings Performance Contract – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville Center
• Utility and Monitoring Control System (UMCS) III Program – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville Center
• General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) for Energy Management Services (EMS)

Ameresco can help federal facility managers to achieve these key goals:

• Upgrade or renew facilities with no up-front cost
• Reduce operating and energy transmission risks
• Use ESPCs to finance federal energy efficiency projects
• Increase occupant comfort
• Reduce energy consumption and operating costs
• Capture opportunities created by deregulation, such as bulk purchasing of commodities and real-time pricing strategies
• Meet benchmarks for energy conservation and renewable energy use
• Implement new energy strategies such as distributed generation, cogeneration, electric-to-gas conversions, geothermal heat pumps, landfill reclamation, etc.

Savannah River biomass project


In May 2009, Ameresco was awarded the largest energy savings performance contract (ESPC) in U.S. history to build three biomass-fueled pants at the Department of Energy's Savannah River site. When completed, the plants will cogenerate 20 MW of power and 240,000 pounds of steam per hour using forest residue that is easily sourced in the nearby area. By switching the site to biomass fuel, the Department of Energy will get cost savings of $35 million annually while reducing sulfur dioxide emissions by 3,500 tons a year and carbon dioxide emissions by 100,000 tons a year, the equivalent of removing 9,000 cars from the road.

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