The City of Boston (USA) continues to set the bar high for its sustainability and energy efficiency programs. Galvanized by the Mayor Thomas Menino's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020, the City has invested in a number of programs and technologies, including the purchase of an Enterprise Energy Management Software (EEMS) system.
The EEMS will help the City find energy savings opportunities on its $57M yearly energy expense for its 250 facilities and 64,000 streetlights. Major functionality of the EEMS includes better and easier allocation of monthly utility bills to budget owners, calculation of GHG emissions, tracking of energy efficiency projects, and the management of interval data at individual sites. After a competitive evaluation, the City selected Schneider Electric. (Disclosure: Groom Energy assisted the City in defining its requirements and the developing of its RFP).
In addition to the EEMS, the City has adopted LED lighting for streetlights, developed Renew Boston, an innovative network of energy efficiency and alternative energy service provision, and secured approved for Building Energy Reporting disclosure.
Already recognized as one of the more progressive cities in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency, this investment in an EEMS helps the City take its program to the next level of maturity and achievement gives management better tools to drive a culture of energy accountability.
The City is an excellent example of the power of energy reduction and GHG reduction goals established by senior management. The Mayor's commitment to GHG reduction has directly translated into action throughout the entire organization. Leadership counts.