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UW Selects Firm to Achieve Energy Efficiency, Savings

January 21, 2011

To ensure that its facilities are as energy efficient as possible, the University of Wyoming has chosen an Energy Services Company (ESCo) to develop a detailed energy audit and project development schedule for energy facility improvements to 10 UW buildings.

UW trustees today (Friday) authorized a $157,500 contract with Long Energy Solutions to serve as the ESCo for a pilot project on the buildings.

The company will identify energy conservation measures that can result in utility savings that will finance the energy upgrades and improvements. Examples of energy conservation measures are more efficient ventilation and heating systems, more efficient lighting, and automated systems to manage building system operations, insulation improvements and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

E/S3, a company with extensive experience in energy conservation programs and energy performance contracts, assisted UW in determining if the university could benefit from the services of an ESCo.  Long Energy Solutions was selected following an extensive review of requests for qualifications and requests for proposals.

"All funding for the building improvements to be completed by this pilot project will be from the utility savings identified and guaranteed by the selected firm in the 10 buildings," says UW Vice President for Administration Douglas Vinzant.

"The result will be facilities that operate more efficiently, reducing the costs of operation, improving the quality of the indoor environment for university employees and reducing the carbon footprint of the university in pursuit of the goals established in UW's Climate Action Plan."

UW's Climate Action Plan outlines the university's efforts to achieve carbon neutrality through energy conservation, facility upgrades, alternative energy initiatives and improved sustainability practices.

The 10 buildings chosen for the pilot project are the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Sciences, Education and Engineering and Applied Science buildings; plus the Centennial Complex, Education Annex, Old Main, State Chemistry and Veterinary Laboratory, Wyoming Hall and the Bureau of Mines Building.

The Trustees also authorized UW to contract with the Denver firm Sink Combs & Dethlefs for professional planning and design services to complete the 2011 Athletic Facilities Master Plan. The master plan will require specialized athletic expertise in the areas of swimming, basketball and golf venues along with game day support to improve fan experiences and attendance.

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