Constellation Energy to improve N.J. energy efficiency

Baltimore, October 20, 2010 — Constellation Energy announced the completion of an energy and water efficiency project for the Asbury Park Housing Authority in Asbury Park, N.J.

The initiative is one of six efficiency improvement programs developed by Constellation Energy for housing authorities throughout New Jersey.

By implementing a number of energy and water conservation measures, the Asbury Park Housing Authority and other New Jersey housing authorities, including Irvington, Long Branch, East Orange and Trenton were able to realize a combined $2.5 million in estimated savings on annual utility costs.

“Making efficiency improvements like those recently implemented by Constellation Energy for the Asbury Park Housing Authority results in housing that is more cost effective, sustainable and comfortable, and that is simply good public policy,” said Troy Geanopulos, senior vice president of Constellation Energy’s retail business focusing on efficiency projects and services. “Critical to the success of these initiatives is the energy and water performance contract structure via a program with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through which much needed infrastructure upgrades are paid for by the guaranteed utility cost savings created.”

Constellation Energy is currently developing a performance contract with the Newark Public Housing Authority that, when implemented, will result in an expected $50 million in energy and water cost savings over the contract term. Constellation works with more than 40 housing authorities throughout the U.S.

In addition to efficiency programs, the company offers a range of services for public housing authority customers, including electricity and natural gas supply and energy and water conservation education for residents.

For the Asbury Park Housing Authority, Constellation Energy installed high efficiency lighting, including smart sensors to control lighting in common areas, and updated kitchen appliances that use less electricity and natural gas. Water conservation measures included low flow water fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms.

Building envelope improvements, such as installation of Low-E coated windows, were implemented to reduce heating and cooling waste. A range of heating system upgrades were made to better regulate temperatures and generate heat more efficiently.

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