AUSTIN, Texas (April 19, 2017) – Since 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy, on behalf of the Better Buildings Alliance’s Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign, annually recognizes organizations for their energy efficiency leadership in replacing and upgrading rooftop units (RTUs) in commercial buildings. This year, CLEAResult, a leader in designing and implementing technology-enabled energy efficiency programs for utilities, is one of eight organizations being recognized, winning two awards: Most Innovative RTU Efficiency Program by a Supporting Partner and Highest Number of Advanced RTU Control Retrofits Through an Efficiency Program.
CLEAResult was recognized for its work with Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. The company supported SCE’s HVAC Optimization Commercial Quality Maintenance program that resulted in overwhelming success, including record highs for contractor participation and energy saved. The program also had the highest number of advanced RTU control retrofits through an efficiency program, with 867 retrofits, saving approximately 6 million kWh, and offered financial incentives for enhanced RTU maintenance agreements that follow ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 180.
“The overwhelming success of our program showcases how a specially designed RTU efficiency program can have truly impressive results, lowering energy use, increasing system reliability and positively impacting customer satisfaction,” said Kim DiCello, Senior Operations Manager, Southern California for CLEAResult. “SCE is a leader in implementing impactful and innovative energy efficiency programs, and we’re proud to have supported them and be able to stand beside them for this award-winning effort.”
Through efficient RTU replacements, retrofits, and quality management and operations in 2016 alone, organizations recognized by the Better Buildings Alliance’s Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign collectively saved an estimated 600 billion British thermal units (Btu), or more than $5.6 million on utility costs. Over the lifetime of the Campaign, 81 partners have upgraded 77,000 RTUs for annual energy savings of 7 trillion Btu and $66 million in cost savings.