Utah Chapter

At a Glance

Utah Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contracting

Category Details  

State Program Website

Utah Office of Energy Development

 

Applicable Sectors

State
Local (cities and counties)
University
K-12
One for all market sectors

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Yes

Enabling Legislation

63A-5-701.  State Building
Energy Efficiency Program

 

Statue requires a savings guarantee

 

No

Contract Term

Up to 20 years

 

 

Scope of Work enabled by legislation

All measures that pay for themselves

Yes

Excess Savings Retained by End-user

 

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Executive Order (link)

 

No

State Program Administrator

Multiple teammates with roles that
support GESPC program

Yes

State program provides support to local units of government

 

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Reporting Requirements for projects

To authority other than end-user
End-User receive M&V through contract term

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ESC Chapter

Years in Existence: 1 year
Meetings occur Quarterly

 

Standardized instruments for use with GESPC

RFQ to prequalify providers
Evaluation guide for providers to state's program
Standardized contract set for state buildings
Standardized contract set for local government
Process for instrument modification
Posted on a publicly available website

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes

Pre-qualified providers list

RFQ for prequalified providers
Secondary Selection Process

Yes
Yes

Building energy utilization benchmarking

State
K-12
Community Colleges
University
Cities
Counties

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Recognition/Awards for Outstanding Projects

 

No

About the Chapter

Updated: 2017

Leadership

Utah has enabling legislation that covers Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) for state agencies. Other public market sectors (local units of government and K-12 school districts) may also use the enabling legislation for state agencies as long as they follow the state's procurement code.   

The legislation allows for a scope of work that includes all measures that pay for themselves in energy savings and was amended in 2015 to include alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.  Contract terms of up to 20 years are allowable under the state's State Building Energy Efficiency Program.

The statue does not require the energy service company (ESCO) provide an energy savings guarantee.

Utah has a long history of success with ESPC projects, including:

  • A 2007 project at the University of Utah that involved $40,618,298 investment in energy efficiency under a 20 year contract.
  • In March 2016, Orem became the latest public agency to enter an ESPC when its City Council approved a $6.7 millionproject that calls for 19 specific energy efficiency projects that are estimated to save at least 4.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 83,473 therms of natural gas every year.  That translates into a savings of up to $893,000 per year. $6.7 million, to be paid from energy savings generated by the installation of the FIMs. Siemens said the city would save at least 4.5 million kilowatt hours of electric energy and 83,473 therms of natural gas every year. It would also reduce maintenance costs. That translates into a savings for the city of between $608,000 and $893,000 per year. $6.7 million, to be paid from energy savings generated by the installation of the FIMs. Siemens said the city would save at least 4.5 million kilowatt hours of electric energy and 83,473 therms of natural gas every year. It would also reduce maintenance costs. That translates into a savings for the city of between $608,000 and $893,000

Program

There are a number of team members who serve in different roles that support the state's ESPC program. 

The state program uses a set of standardized instruments for use with ESPC for state facilities. A separate set of instruments are available for use with ESPC for units of local government.

ESC Chapter

Utah re-launched a state ESC Chapter in April, 2016.  The original state chapter was one of the founding chapters in the ESC's network of state chapters. The new Chapter meets quarterly and is exploring how it can provide outreach and education to promote ESPC in the state.

The Chapter does not have an awards program to recognize outstanding projects.