DEEP: LBE for State Agencies

Lead by Example for State Agencies
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The Lead by Example offers the following programs to implement energy efficiency program at state agencies.
  1. Energy Savings Performance Contracting
  2. Energy Benchmarking
  3. Bond Funding
  4. Small Business Energy Advantage
State Agency Energy Savings Performance Contracting

 
Energy Benchmarking
 
In order to track energy reductions statewide, DEEP has established State of Connecticut master accounts in EPA Portfolio Manager.  We request that you share your existing and newly created building accounts in Portfolio Manager with the appropriate CT master account, enabling DEEP to generate aggregate reports on energy use and reductions in state and local government facilities.  The CT master accounts are for state and local government buildings and include:  K-12 schools, local government buildings (other than K-12 schools), state agency buildings (non-higher ed), Board of Regents higher ed buildings, and UConn higher ed buildings.  By sharing your account, DEEP will have read-only access and will not be able to change any data in your account.  Complete instructions on sharing state and local government Portfolio Manager building accounts with the CT Master Accounts. For assistance with energy benchmarking contact Ryan Ensling at ryan.ensling@ct.gov or Brian Biernat at brian.biernat@ct.gov
 
Bond Funding (LBE Bonds)
 
The Bond Commission has approved a lump sum of $15 million to implement energy-saving retrofits at State buildings.  Energy and facilities managers from around the state are invited to apply for funding of efficiency upgrades. This program is administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, in partnership with the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and the Department of Construction Services. 
  • Download project request form.  Funding is for State agencies. Funding priority is for agencies that do not have alternate funding  sources available for these types of capital improvement projects.
  • The project request form is formatted in Microsoft Excel. If you do not have Excel® you can download the Excel® viewer.
  • For instructions on completing the project request form, select the “How to Use this Form” tab at the bottom of the Excel document. 
  • Please submit completed project request forms as email attachments to leadbyexample@ct.gov 
  • Applications continue to be reviewed bi-weekly, as applications are received.
  • If you should need additional assistance with the application, please email Ryan Ensling at ryan.ensling@ct.gov.
  • Complete list of state buildings officially approved for efficiency upgrades (PDF)
Small Business Energy Advantage for State Agencies (SBEA)

State agencies are encouraged to apply for partial funding of energy efficient upgrades through the SBEA program, one of many incentive programs administered by Eversource and United Illuminating (UI) under the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF).  This program is designed to provide cost-effective, turnkey energy-saving services to utility customer accounts with an average monthly billing demand of 200 kilowatts or less.  The reduction in energy usage and costs, in conjunction with the ability to utilize on bill financing ideally results in net-positive cash flow from day-one. 
 
The program provides funding incentives and on bill financing, eliminating the need for up front capital investment.  Funding incentives range from 35 to 50% of project cost, depending on the project, with the balance financed by the utility with no interest. Up to $100,000 in on-bill financing is possible, and once the financing period has ended (2 to 4 years), the reduction in energy use will result in decreased operational energy costs over the remaining life of the installed measures.  Under the SBEA program, proposed measures are focused on high payback energy efficient lighting, but can also include energy efficient gas heating (including oil-to-gas conversions), ventilation, EMS controls, air conditioning, and other mechanical measures.
 
Under the program process, SBEA utility-authorized contractors conduct an energy assessment of your facility at no cost to the state agency.  The assessment will include possible efficiency measures, cost, estimated energy savings, along with available SBEA program incentives and on-bill financing options.   Eversource and UI review all assessments, and as long it is accepted by Eversource or UI, the project can commence after the agency signs a Customer Application Agreement.  All Agreements under this program have been pre-approved by the Office of the Attorney General (AG) and Department of Administrative Services (DAS).  State agencies have authority to participate in the SBEA with no additional AG review.
 
State Agencies that wish to enroll should download the project enrollment form and follow the instructions below. Small businesses that are interested in the program should visit Energize Connecticut for more information.

Content last updated March 1, 2017