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Better Buildings, Better Environment

Helping Main Street Colorado Green its Bottom Line

 

The Main Street Efficiency Initiative (MSEI) is a Colorado Energy Office (CEO) program that works at the community level to help small businesses reduce energy costs, create and sustain local jobs, and reduce carbon emissions. Financial and technical assistance was provided to local businesses, public agencies, and community partners to assist with the implementation of energy efficiency upgrades in existing small and mid-size facilities. To date, over 30 communities and 363 small businesses across the State were engaged. Rebates of $464,447 were provided for a total of $705,881 in business project costs. These measures resulted in estimated, annual projected savings of $263,795, 1,693,567 kWh, and 54,178 therms.

Note: these values are expected to increase as GEO receives more savings data from MSEI partners.

 

The MSEI program successfully helped businesses reduce energy costs, while providing secondary benefits such as: infusing local economies with much needed capital, supporting existing jobs and increasing local demand for energy efficiency jobs, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and increasing energy efficiency awareness and education within the small business community. Within a year of initial launch, the MSEI program is commonly referenced by businesses and contractors when implementing energy efficiency measures. The entire program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 

The MSEI program evolved into 4 separate programs based on community needs and funding sources: (1) Competitive Grant Program; (2) EECBG Self-managed; (3) EECBG CEO-managed, “Small Business Efficiency Program”; and (4) Small Scale Grant Program. Although each program was administered and managed differently, the intent remained the same; to save energy and save money for small businesses.

 

Competitive Grant Program

 

These grants were intended to assist communities with financial and technical support to develop new or strengthen existing local programs that assist businesses in achieving the goals of MSEI.  Part of the State Energy Program (SEP) funds and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds were used to support these efforts and reduce carbon emissions. Participating communities include:

 

  • Tri-County Main Street Efficiency Program (CLEER)
  • Commercial Energy Implementation Program (Platte River Power Authority)
  • Non-profit Energy Efficiency Program (EOC)
  • Energy Wise Business Program (ORE)
  • Denver Small Business Energy Program (Colfax Green Partnership)
  • Mainstreet Makeover II (City of Woodland Park)

 

 

For more information on individual programs please contact the program administrator listed below.

Tri-County Main Street Efficiency Program (CLEER)

Erica Sparhawk

Telephone: 970.704.9200

Email: mogburn@cleanenergyeconomy.net

Energy Wise Business Program (ORE)

Andris Zobs

Telephone: 970.497.6090

Email: andris@resourceefficiency.org


Commercial Energy Implementation Program (Platte River Power Authority)

Adam Perry

Telephone: 970.229.5356

Email: perrya@prpa.org

Denver Small Business Energy Program (Colfax Green Partnership)

Sharon Procopio

Telephone: 720.913.1516

Email: Sharon.Procopio@denvergov.org


Non-profit Energy Efficiency Program (EOC)

Jennifer Gremmert

Telephone: 303.226.5052

Email: jgremmert@energyoutreach.org

Mainstreet Makeover II (City of Woodland Park)

Carol J Lindholm

Telephone: 970.687.5204

Email: clindholm@city-woodlandpark.org

 

 

 

EECBG Self-Managed Program

 

This program was offered to communities that received EECBG funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and were able to manage MSEI programs in-house. These communities used MSEI to develop and manage new or strengthen existing in-house programs that assist local businesses in achieving the goals of MSEI.  Participating communities include:

 

 

 

For more information on individual programs please contact the program administrator listed below. 

City of Aurora

Karen Hancock

Telephone: 303.739.7107

Email: khancock@auroragov.org


City of Fort Collins

Kathy Collier

Telephone: 970.221.6312

Email: kcollier@fcgov.com

 

 

Boulder County

Pam Milmo

Telephone: 303.441.1189

Email: smartz@bouldercounty.org

Garfield County

Alice Laird

Telephone: 970.704.9200

Email: ahlaird@cleanenergyeconomy.net

City and County of Denver

Sharon Procopio

Telephone: 720.913.1516

Email: Sharon.Procopio@denvergov.org

City of Grand Junction 

Kathy Portner

Telephone: 970.244.1420

Email: kathyp@gjcity.org

 


EECBG CEO-Managed Program - Small Business Efficiency Program

 

This program was designed for communities that received EECBG funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, but were unable to manage individual MSEI programs. In partnership with these communities, CEO managed and administered the program on their behalf.  Through this Program, small and medium-sized businesses were eligible to receive rebate dollars for facility audits, lighting retrofits, re-commissioning services, setback thermostats, and other qualified energy efficiency measures. Participating communities include:

 

  • City of Arvada
  • City of Lakewood
  • City of Littleton
  • City of Pueblo
  • City of Westminster.


The Small Business Efficiency Program is no longer active within these communities. For information on past program offerings contact Trident Energy Services at (303) 247-0193.

 

 

Small Scale Grant Program

 

Communities that did not receive an EECBG allocation, but did wish to participate in the MSEI program, were competitively awarded placement in the Small Scale Grant program. The Small Scale Grant program was modeled after the CEO-managed program; however, the day-to-day management was lead by the community’s MSEI program coordinator. Each community had unique rebate offerings for individual businesses for lighting upgrades, programmable thermostats, and re-commissioning. Participating communities include:

 

  • City and County of Broomfield

  • Southern Central Council of Governments (City of Walsenburg)

  • Sustainable Technology Institute (City of Idaho Springs)

  • City of Lamar

  • Painted Sky RC&D (Cities of Delta and Montrose)

  • City of Steamboat Springs

  • The New Community Coalition  (Town of Telluride and City of Ouray)

  • La Plata Electric Association (City of Durango)

  • High Country Conservation (Town of Fairplay)

  • High Country Conservation (Town of Frisco)

  • High Country Conservation (City of Leadville and Lake County)

  • Grand County BEDA

 

 

The Small Business Efficiency Program is no longer active within these communities. For information on past program offerings contact Trident Energy Services at (303) 247-0193. 

 


Program Metrics

 

To date, our MSEI programs are projected to provide an estimated, annual savings of:

»  $263,795,

»  1,693,567 kWh

»  54,178 therms  

Please click HERE for the full table of metrics.

 

 

 

Case Stories

 

All of our MSEI businesses completed great work and made an impact on their places of business and their energy performance.  Case stories on a few highlighted projects:

 

The New Community Coalition’s EcoAction Initiative – Picaya in Telluride, CO

Denver Small Business Energy Program (Colfax Green Partnership) – Santa Fe Arts District in Denver, CO

 

MSEI Resources for Communities and Businesses

If you are interested in continuing or developing your own MSEI program please reference the material below and/or contact Trident Energy Services at (303) 247-0193.

 

Lighting Guide

This guide provides straightforward recommendations for upgrading diffrent types of lighting systems commonly used in small-commercial settings.  Lighting Guide.


Re-Commissioning Guide 

Re-commissioning is an excellent option to reduce heating and cooling energy use and costs in small commercial buildings. This guide provides a description of the re-commissioning process and how it can be effectively applied to buildings.  Re-Comissioning Guide.

 

 

Main Street Efficiency in a Box

Main Street Efficiency in a Box is a road map and basic training on how a community can develop and run its own Main Street Program. This document provides tools for training business owners and community energy efficiency advocates on energy management and a step-by-step guide of best practices for creating small business efficiency programs. There is no funding associated with this program.  All communities are invited to use these tools. To download Main Street Efficiency in a Box click here


Energy Data Management Presentation

Tracking energy use and costs has proven to be key when addressing the energy performance of a building. CEO has created an energy data management presentation for communities to share with their businesses describing all aspects of tracking energy use, including a tutorial on reading utility bills, understanding carbon emissions, using GreenQuest, and understanding basic energy efficiency terminology. Click here to access this presentation.

 

Note: This presentation is tailored for businesses in Xcel Energy’s territory, to learn how to tailor the presentation to businesses in areas outside of Xcel’s territory please contact Michele Davison, CEO’s Commercial Buildings Program Associate, at (303) 866-6665.

 

Contractor Solicitor Forms

CEO has created two documents supporting the contractor solicitation and vetting process. Businesses can use these documents as a template to help get them started. Click on each name for the corresponding document: Contractor Solicitor Bid form and Contractor Vetting Checklist

 


For more information on CEO’s MSEI programs please contact the CEO's Commercial Program Associate.