Trade Ally News
Third Quarter, 2013
In This Issue
Events
City Light Programs
Training Opportunities
Financing Retrofit Projects
In the News
Trade Ally Case Study
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Summertime! Trade Ally News provides an update on key activities currently in the works to help contractors reach out to customers over the summer and into the fall.  

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You'll find information on events and training opportunities for you, your staff and customers. The final article highlights a retrofit lighting project in a delightfully iconic Seattle  theater. 

 

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Events

Seattle City Light Trade Ally Workshop. SAVE THE DATE! The annual Trade Ally Workshop is scheduled for September 17, 2013. The Conservation Resources Division has developed a half-day session for all our Trade Allies. We'll be scheduling plenary and break-out sessions to provide program and incentive information to all our business partners. Special sessions will cover lighting and HVAC calculations worksheets. Invitations will be sent to everyone on the existing email list. Please make sure that all of your colleagues are included by completing the information on our contact survey.   

 

Association of Energy Services Professionals. Seattle City Light is co-sponsoring this event with Puget Sound Energy September 30 - October 2. The agenda is very robust and includes sessions that focus on customer engagement. Learn more about how your company can benefit from the AESP Fall Conference here

NEW - Announcing the City Light Comprehensive Building Program 
City Light will be launching "The Works" lighting program at the Trade Ally Workshop in September. This is a great opportunity for you to recommend a comprehensive lighting retrofit program to your customers and strengthen the estimated ROI for the project by introducing them to the enhanced benefits and increased incentives available through The Works. Read more about the program and attend the Workshop sessions to get the latest on program specifications and how to launch a Works project with City Light.  
Training Opportunities
Lighting Workshops have been scheduled this summer by the Northwest Trade Ally Network. Step up for additional lighting savings and new technologies that work in the field.These workshops are designed for lighting trade allies that have completed a wide range of retrofit energy efficient lighting projects in their career. Check the schedule


Chilled Water Systems and Cooling Towers course. This training addresses efficiency measures and other issues, including cooling tower sizing vs. energy savings, approach control strategies (efficient fan operation), water /treatment (including ozone), water conservation, and maintenance. Participants can register for one or two-day options. 

Financing Retrofit Projects
The City of Seattle partner lender, Craft3, has made it easier for businesses to get energy efficiency loans with rates as low as 4 or 6 percent. With a new simplified application process, direct payments to contractors, and loan repayment on the Seattle City Light bill, businesses can invest in energy efficiency with no out-of-pocket expenses.  
 
Craft3 is a local nonprofit lender that specializes in providing financing to companies that don't normally have access to loans. For more information or loan flyers visit the their website or learn more about eligibility here.
In the News

Pilot Program @ the Bullitt Center 

The City of Seattle recently announced a pilot program to test a new model for funding energy efficiency investments.  Partnering with the Bullitt Center, City Light will monitor the effect of the cutting-edge technologies installed at the site over a twenty-year period to ensure the feasibility of long-term energy saving investments. In case you missed the announcement, catch-up here

 

Seattle Discloses Energy Use of City-Owned Buildings
When it comes to disclosing energy usage data, the City of Seattle is leading by example. Last month, the City released a report on  2011 and 2012 energy use for many City-owned buildings - including office buildings, libraries, community buildings, fire, and police stations.

 

The assessment found that City-owned downtown buildings (City Hall, Justice Center, Seattle Municipal Tower, Central Library) are more energy efficient than the national average. In fact, the Seattle Municipal Tower has an EPA ENERGY STAR score of 93 out of 100 (50 is average), meaning it is more energy efficient than 92 percent of similar buildings nationwide. The City's extensive public library system uses about 42 percent less energy -on the whole- than other U.S. libraries.

 

Under City ordinance, owners of nonresidential and multifamily buildings 20,000 sq. ft. or larger in Seattle are required to annually track and report energy performance to the City. 

Trade Ally - Case Study - The Paramount Theater
Paramount_LEDs Customers have questions about how energy efficiency projects can cut overhead costs, decrease energy bills, and improve customer satisfaction. Providing examples of success stories can be a great way to engage customers to consider new projects. 
 
Our recent case study highlights Seattle's Paramount Theater, an iconic location that has implemented a retrofit lighting program that will save on electricity bills for years to come. Working with Seahurst Electric, Paramount replaced approximately 4,800 incandescent bulbs and T-12 tubes (with electromagnetic ballasts) in the theater and office areas with CFLs, efficient T-8, and LED lighting. City Light incentives paid for a portion of project costs that are expected to save the Paramount over $40,000 per year. 
 
City Light produces case studies, press releases and social media coverage of these success stories. Submit your success story for consideration by filling out this form.   
For more information on any of the items in this edition of the Trade Ally News, please contact an Energy Advisor by email or phone at (206) 684-3800. 

Thank you, 
Seattle City Light - Conservation Resources Division

Conserving Energy for a Sustainable Future

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