Case Studies

University of Southern Maine

Client Since: 2009

Client Type: Higher Education

Contract Type: Full Service

Project: Support with the development and implementation of a comprehensive energy strategy

Highlights: Aided USM with the conversion of the Portland Campus central heating plant from oil to natural gas.The investment is expected to pay for itself in the very first year, and will save the University over $315,000 per year in energy costs. The project also will reduce annual carbon output by 1,048 metric tons.

CES helped with all aspects of this project including:
• Economic assessment of the fuel conversion opportunity
• Led the negotiations with the local natural gas delivery utility
• Identified, co-authored and secured a $100,000 grant from Efficiency Maine to implement the fuel conversion at the Portland Campus heating plant.
• Managed USM’s initial and ongoing competitive market natural gas procurement
• Managed USM’s phase out of oil purchases
• Calculated associated greenhouse gas emissions benefits

Ongoing services for USM include:
• Competitive procurement of electricity, natural gas, propane, oil, biofuels and RECs
• Prepare annual energy budgets and procurement strategies
• Track and analyze the University’s greenhouse gas emmissions CES’s analysis is used to develop USM’s submissions to the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

Relevance: CES utilized a wide range of skills and capabilities in assisting USM with their 2010 conversion to natural gas, including: economic modeling, energy price forecasting, negotiation of rates, tariffs and interconnection agreements with the local utility delivery company, competitive natural gas procurement, contract negotiation and management with market suppliers. Full Service customers such as USM not only receive our sophisticated procurement services, but have access to a full range of energy market tools including budgeting, risk management, greenhouse gas emissions tracking and reduction planning, assistance with energy conservation, grant writing, and utility and bill tracking.