Commercial energy use in the United States encompasses nearly 5 million buildings. Together, they pay a combined total of nearly $107.9 billion dollars annually in energy costs and create 17% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). With these facts in mind, business energy management should not be addressed solely as a cost issue or an environmental issue; profitable energy management is executed with the understanding that these two issues are inherently connected.
Ameresco connects the concepts of energy cost management and sustainability for facility managers, their customers and shareholders. We help companies increase profitability through both supply-side and demand-side commercial energy solutions that augment Corporate Social Responsibility efforts and goals, generating positive public perceptions as well as energy savings.
Retail companies can reinvest the savings from renewable energy projects in core business activities, such as marketing, merchandising or product development. This ultimately increases both the top and bottom lines of the financial statement and creates a positive impression of the business in the minds of customers.
Commercial Real Estate
Real Estate Investment Trusts can create a new source of revenue and increase funds from operations. Shared savings contracts may enable building owners to implement the latest control or air-handling technologies. This improves tenant comfort and productivity, thus increasing the market value of owned properties.
Ameresco can help customers achieve the following key goals, with flexible service delivery that allows varying levels of ownership of commercial energy projects.
Reduce energy costs
Increase occupancy and/or marketability
Take advantage of opportunities created by deregulation
Improve knowledge and control of utility consumption
Improve financial performance and return on investment
Reduce energy-related risks
Replace aging energy assets at no additional cost
Reduce responsibility for energy facility operation and maintenance
Expertise from Ameresco allowed two sites to shed 3.3 mW of load during peak periods and save $158,000 annually through a demand response program.
Ameresco now owns and operates this central chilled water plant, which serves five properties in downtown Las Vegas.