Energy services company, ConEdison Solutions (CES), was recently awarded an energy efficiency contract from the United States Postal Service (USPS), calling for CES to implement energy efficiency improvements at more than 1,400 postal facilities in New York, New Jersey, and the Caribbean.
The award, one of six such contracts under the postal service’s Shared Energy Savings (SES) program, is part of a nationwide initiative designed to save $11 million a year in energy costs over 10 years, for a total savings of $110 million. The six contracts have an estimated value of $1.3 billion. Participating companies will receive a percentage of the dollar savings attributable to the projects in return for assuming implementation costs.
The USPS, a charter client of ConEdison Solutions, has been a customer of the company since 1997. As of the end of 2004, the USPS had saved more than $5 million each year in energy costs through participation in CES programs. As a result of these efforts, CES was awarded the 2004 USPS Quality Supplier Award.
“The United States Postal Service has set a national standard for developing an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient workplace,” said Jorge J. Lopez, president and chief executive officer of ConEdison Solutions. “This new contract allows for implementation of additional, cutting edge technologies in postal facilities, which will improve working conditions and reduce environmental impact.”
“ConEdison Solutions has a strong, long-term partnership with the USPS,” Lopez said. “We look forward to collaborating with them on this new landmark initiative.”
Under the program, CES will identify and install energy conservation measures, including such renewable energy sources as solar, wind power, and geothermal heat pumps. Other system improvements could include such things as combined heat and power systems, HVAC equipment, and building controls as well as lighting retrofits.
Energy expenditures comprise a significant portion of the annual Postal Service expense budget. In FY 2005, energy costs were approximately $550 million, not including costs for heating and transportation fuels. Since 1775, the USPS, an independent federal agency that visits more than 144 million homes and businesses every day, receives no taxpayer dollars for routine operations, but derives its operating revenues solely from the sale of postage, products, and services.
ConEdison Solutions is a subsidiary and registered trademark of Consolidated Edison, Inc.