Baltimore Convention Center To Save

Constellation , a business unit of Exelon, and the Baltimore Convention Center today announced an energy performance contract (EPC) to install approximately $10 million in water and energy conservation measures.

Under the terms of the EPC, the water conservation and energy efficiency improvements provided by Constellation require no upfront capital from Baltimore Convention Center and are guaranteed to provide approximately $18 million in cost savings over a 15-year period. Baltimore Convention Center will use the guaranteed savings from the conservation measures to fund the project.

“The Baltimore Convention Center is committed to sustainable operations,” said Peggy Daidakis, executive director for Baltimore Convention Center. “This EPC with Constellation helps us to meet our goals of reducing overall water and energy usage and to satisfy our customers with whom we are actively engaged in promoting greener meeting spaces.”

Theodore Atwood, director of the Baltimore City Department of General Services, added that, “The Convention Center project is another step in our efforts to reduce Baltimore City government’s electric power use by 20 percent by 2015.”

By implementing water and energy conservation measures, Baltimore Convention Center expects to conserve an estimated 100 million gallons of water and avoid the creation of 6,058 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually over the next 15 years.

Click here to view a brief video about the Baltimore Convention Center’s conservation efforts through its energy performance contract with Constellation.

“Energy performance contracting is a valuable resource for private and public entities to leverage their existing operational budget for needed capital improvements,” said Michael D. Smith, vice president of solar and energy efficiency sales for Constellation. “We look forward to working with the Baltimore Convention Center to help maximize energy savings and meet its environmental goals.”

The conservation measures installed by Constellation include: energy efficient LED lighting and lighting controls; HVAC repairs and controls upgrades; thermal blankets on steam valves and fittings; low-flow toilets and faucets; building envelopment improvements such as caulking and weather stripping; and installation of a “cool roof” membrane to reflect heat.

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