Constellation’s commercial and industrial customers have reduced their CO2 emissions by about 75,432 metric tons (or 166,299,142 lbs.) over the past two years through the energy company’s Efficiency Made Easy (EME) program.
This number represents an average 20 percent reduction in electricity use per EME customer — an estimated total 106,911,782 kWh of electricity — Constellation says.
The company is expanding EME this month to competitive electricity markets nationwide.
EME enables Constellation commercial and industrial customers fund to energy conservation measures, such as energy efficient lighting, as part of their electricity supply bill.
Washington, DC’s Embassy Suites, for example, used the program to upgrade its lighting, saving the hotel utility costs and helping it achieve a 4-key rating for environmental performance from the Green Key Eco-Rating program, area general manager Jeff Brainard says.
Launched in early 2011 in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions, EME allows Constellation customers to implement energy efficiency upgrades at their facilities without up-front capital expenditures. The cost of efficiency measures is included in the price per kilowatt-hour over the term of the electricity supply agreement. In most cases, customers realize an immediate savings on energy costs from reduced energy use, Constellation says.
Companies that offer lighting, automation controls, HVAC systems, water conservation and other efficiency technologies are teaming with Constellation to help their customers implement energy conservation measures through EME, Constellation says.
In his climate plan, announced yesterday, President Barack Obama said he will set efficiency standards for appliances and federal buildings that will cut carbon pollution by at least 3 billion metric tons by 2030 — equivalent to about half of the carbon pollution from the US energy sector for one year. The new efficiency standards will also help businesses save money on energy bills, Obama said.