Department of Energy, National Grid, and Siemens Complete Major Energy-Efficiency Upgrade at Brookhaven Lab
UPTON, NY — Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Grid, and Siemens today celebrated the completion of significant infrastructure upgrades at Brookhaven Lab designed to substantially reduce the Lab's energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The work was performed under a Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) with National Grid and Siemens, under which National Grid facilitated third-party financing in the amount of $14.85 million to implement lighting and other energy-efficiency upgrades at the Laboratory. The Laboratory will repay the loan using the savings generated by the upgrades, which are expected to total more than $1.3 million each year.
"Through this contract, we're reducing emissions, saving money, and fostering public/private partnership. The UESC at Brookhaven National Lab is a formula for success."
— DOE-Brookhaven Site Office Manager Frank Crescenzo
"Through this contract, we're reducing emissions, saving money, and fostering public/private partnership" said DOE-Brookhaven Site Office Manager Frank Crescenzo. "The UESC at Brookhaven National Lab is a formula for success."
UESCs are one of DOE's contract vehicles for implementing energy conservation and cost-savings projects at government facilities. Under a UESC, the local utility—in this case National Grid—facilitates the design, finance, and construction of the project. The contract term is 10 years. Brookhaven's is the first DOE UESC in more than 15 years, and is a departure from traditional contracts typically used at other DOE labs with private contractors for energy-saving projects. The project is expected to serve as a model for other laboratories throughout the DOE complex.