Public Private Partnerships as a Role
to Lead the Energy Revolution
Ben Taube
BLT Sustainable Energy
October 2013
Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge
Background
• National competition initiated by US
Department of Energy
• Started in Jun...
Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge
Background
Atlanta’s Goal:
To engage the local community to
reduce energy and water con...
Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge
Westside TAD Grant Program
$8 million of Westside TAD Tax Increment for
energy audits a...
EE Finance Innovation
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Form a Public Private Partnership

LOCAL GOVERNMENT:
Form District Under State
PACE Legislation

LOCAL TRADES:
Utilize the...
Property Owners:
• Voluntary to participate
• Utility bills decrease due to energy and water savings
• Little or no upfron...
PACE Case Studies
City

Program

Type

Projects

Funding

Notes

Palm Desert
Energy Independence
Program
(CA)

PACE;
Resid...
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Property Assessed Clean Energy Program funds energy efficient upgrades, water
efficiency, and renewables in...
Save and Sustain Program
Georgia Green Loans was awarded a statewide contract from the Georgia Environmental
Finance Autho...
Southeast – Scaling Municipal Partnerships
The Evaporcool solution combines multiple proprietary technologies.

Electronic and Active
Water Conditioning

Precise Sen...
Utility Benefits
• High Benefit/Cost Ratio, TRC 2.0 and greater
• 15 Year asset life
• Persistent HVAC Hot/Dry Climate Ene...
The mission of the Local Energy Alliance Program is to
lead the effort to retrofit buildings with energy
efficient technol...
Outcomes of LEAP’s Work

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10,000+ homeowners participating in
contests, in home evaluations, etc.

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1400 residential u...
Outcomes of LEAP’s Work
 2010: Year LEAP launched
 2,000: Number of home energy evaluations
(“audits”) completed
 1,215...
Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)
Charlottesville Area Power Plant
Contact:
Ben Taube
BLT Sustainable Energy, Inc.

Atlanta, GA
bentaube@gmail..com
404 931 1518
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  • Out of 36 community partners, only about 10 cities are relative to Atlanta in size, etc.
  • Primary focus is Downtown, but the momentum is growing. Midtown and buildings have joined, and Buckhead is interested
  • 4 Buildings:100 PeachtreeAmerican Cancer Society CenterThe Walton BuildingEnglish Avenue Yards2 Service Providers:SiemensEnergy AceInvestment Grade Audits expected to start in Sept/Oct and finish by year-end
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    1. 1. Public Private Partnerships as a Role to Lead the Energy Revolution Ben Taube BLT Sustainable Energy October 2013
    2. 2. Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Background • National competition initiated by US Department of Energy • Started in June 2011 with 3 pilot cities: Los Angeles, Seattle and Atlanta • Mayor Reed launched program locally in November 2011 • Now 36 Community Partners (cities, states, school districts) representing 2 billion square feet 2 georgiatransitconnector.org www.AtlantaBBC.com
    3. 3. Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Background Atlanta’s Goal: To engage the local community to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20% in participating buildings across Atlanta’s central business district by 2020 and become one of the country’s top sustainable cities. 3 georgiatransitconnector.org www.AtlantaBBC.com
    4. 4. Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Westside TAD Grant Program $8 million of Westside TAD Tax Increment for energy audits and project implementation for ABBC Participants • RFP/RFQ Process completed in July • 4 Buildings awarded Investment-Grade Energy Audits (IGA) • 2 Service Providers selected to perform IGAs • After IGAs are completed, participants can apply for retrofit implementation funding (up to 40% of project cost) 4 georgiatransitconnector.org www.AtlantaBBC.com
    5. 5. EE Finance Innovation • • • • • • • •
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    7. 7. Form a Public Private Partnership LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Form District Under State PACE Legislation LOCAL TRADES: Utilize the Fund to Market Projects PROPERTY OWNERS: Access the Fund to Finance Projects 7
    8. 8. Property Owners: • Voluntary to participate • Utility bills decrease due to energy and water savings • Little or no upfront costs for upgrades • Payments are low and fixed Local Governments: • Elect to participate • Promotion of increased energy and water capacity to prospective employers • No risk to general fund • Substantial progress in achieving water and energy consumption reduction goals
    9. 9. PACE Case Studies City Program Type Projects Funding Notes Palm Desert Energy Independence Program (CA) PACE; Residential & Commercial 220 $7.5M 8.4% job growth in construction trades ClimateSmart – Boulder County (CO) PACE; Residential 598 $20M Launch 2009; 126 shortterm jobs; $125k savings for residents in 1st year Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (CA) PACE; Residential & Commercial 1,329 (Res = 1,290, Comm = 39) $42M 5.3 MW; 3100 mtCO2; 54 job years Long Island Green Homes – Town of Babylon (NY) PACE; Residential 678 $5.6M Approx. 30 new full-time direct jobs (verified) Berkeley PACE; Residential 13 projects completed $336,552 (7 ¾% interest) Launched 11/5/08 9 mi.—40 App’s © 2011 Ygrene Energy Fund All Rights Reserved (Res = 216, Comm = 4)
    10. 10. • • • • • • • Property Assessed Clean Energy Program funds energy efficient upgrades, water efficiency, and renewables in commercial buildings and residential homes Provides owners with a way to fund 100% energy efficient upgrades in buildings with no upfront costs and savings will outpace the cost of implementation Up to 10% of fair market value of property is available for energy and water retrofits No credit rating credit on the ownership but based on the value of the building as collateral Can be amortized up to 20 years Funding assessment for the energy or water project stays with the property and therefore does not have to be settled sold upon the sale Off balance sheet financing since the repayment is through an annual payment via the property tax bill 10
    11. 11. Save and Sustain Program Georgia Green Loans was awarded a statewide contract from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) to help Georgia’s small businesses reduce their energy bills and improve sustainability by: 1. Paying the majority of costs for energy audits; 2. Assisting with energy-related rebate programs and tax incentives; 3. Providing low-interest loans for improving energy-efficiency thus reducing operating expenses. With the expertise of Georgia Green Loans and our energy audit partners, we create a triple-bottom-line value for Georgia small businesses. Our program will: 1. Increase Profits a. Reduce operating expenses by cutting utility costs b. Grow revenues through an improved company image that attracts environmentally-conscious customers 2. Empower People a. Improve employee satisfaction with a safe, healthy, efficient and eco-friendly work environment 3. Protect Our Planet a. Take less from the Earth and do less damage to the Earth
    12. 12. Southeast – Scaling Municipal Partnerships
    13. 13. The Evaporcool solution combines multiple proprietary technologies. Electronic and Active Water Conditioning Precise Sensing and Control Optimal evaporation water conservation Performance & Persistence Device-Cloud M&V Diagnostics & Fault Detection Alerting & Reporting 14
    14. 14. Utility Benefits • High Benefit/Cost Ratio, TRC 2.0 and greater • 15 Year asset life • Persistent HVAC Hot/Dry Climate Energy Efficiency Measure • Large Market - Existing Buildings, Commercial & Industrial • Reduces Coincident Summer Peak Demand • Capacity (demand reduction) improves as temperatures get hotter • Geo-targeting to relieve congested feeders • Highly scalable: 100’s of MW of opportunity 15
    15. 15. The mission of the Local Energy Alliance Program is to lead the effort to retrofit buildings with energy efficient technologies. Our overarching goals include cost savings, job creation, energy self-reliance, and local economic development. LEAP-VA Mission
    16. 16. Outcomes of LEAP’s Work  10,000+ homeowners participating in contests, in home evaluations, etc.  1400 residential upgrades between two regions  15 commercial upgrades  Low income multifamily 800+ units (projected)
    17. 17. Outcomes of LEAP’s Work  2010: Year LEAP launched  2,000: Number of home energy evaluations (“audits”) completed  1,215: Number of home energy retrofits completed  34: Percentage of all retrofits in SEEA’s 13-city consortium completed by LEAP  $700,000: Savings for LEAP clients annually  $13,000,000: Revenues to Virginia contractors
    18. 18. Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)
    19. 19. Charlottesville Area Power Plant
    20. 20. Contact: Ben Taube BLT Sustainable Energy, Inc. Atlanta, GA bentaube@gmail..com 404 931 1518

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