Jackson Center renews Efficiency Smart participation

Staff report

JACKSON CENTER — The Village of Jackson Center has renewed its contract with Efficiency Smart, extending energy efficiency services that first began in January 2011.

The partnership is designed to save Jackson Center Municipal Electric System customers energy and money.

Since Efficiency Smart first partnered with the village in 2011, Jackson Center customers have saved more than 1,570 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity, more than $131,700 in annual electric costs savings, and are expected to save more than $1,803,000 over the lifetime of the energy-efficient products installed.

“Jackson Center’s partnership with Efficiency Smart has been a great resource for economic development,” said Bruce Metz, Jackson Center village administrator. “Efficiency Smart has educated our electric customers on the benefits of participating in its services, and with their guidance and expertise, our community—from large industrial businesses to residential customers—have bought into the program with great interest and results.”

Jackson Center residents and businesses will continue to have the opportunity to benefit from energy efficiency services through Efficiency Smart, including:

• Rebates for energy-efficient products, discounts on energy-efficient lighting and a free electric meter loan service for residential customers

• Rebates for implementing common energy efficiency measures for small to midsized businesses with annual electric usage of less than 500,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh)

• Tailored services with dedicated account management, customized financial incentives and technical assistance for large businesses and organizations that use more than 500,000 kWh of electricity annually throughout all locations.

As part of the contract, Efficiency Smart will continue to offer an energy savings performance guarantee for the municipality, and all energy savings claims will be independently verified.

“Jackson Center is a great partner, and we are excited to have an opportunity to continue to provide energy efficiency services for the village,” said Everett Woodel, executive director of Efficiency Smart. “The village has shown a commitment to energy efficiency, which is a very cost-effective way that communities can reduce their customers’ electric bills, reduce transmission and distribution costs, and contribute to local economic development. We look forward to another successful contract in Jackson Center.”

To coincide with the new service period, Efficiency Smart has launched a new website that features a community-specific webpage for Jackson Center Municipal Electric System customers. Customers can visit www.efficiencysmart.org/jackson-center-ohio to learn more about services and financial incentives available to them, and to view news, promotions and upcoming events within the community.

Staff report