The Richards Energy Group lighting division recently received the following message from FirstEnergy (Met-Ed, Penelec, PennPower):
Due to the overwhelming response to the program from our largest commercial and industrial customers (those with an average of demand of 400 kW or more), the incentive money for this customer sector has been committed. We will continue to receive applications from these customers. However, the application status will be on hold pending the availability of funds. Funds, if and when available, will be applied on a first come, first served basis for completed projects. Rate Code Classifications for this customer segment are listed below for easy identification.
All other Act 129 lighting rebates are still available. REG would like to encourage our customers who have yet to perform a lighting efficiency upgrade to do so as soon as possible.
The Phillips Group reduces greenhouse gas emissions with lighting change
The Phillips Group of Middletown, Pa., has received the Orion Energy Systems Environmental Stewardship Award for a lighting change that substantially reduces electricity use and the emission of greenhouse gases.
Orion presents the award to companies that significantly reduce harmful greenhouse gases through the use of Orion’s patented lighting products and systems.
Phillips, a leading independent office products company, retrofitted its corporate office and warehouse with Orion’s patented high-efficient fluorescent platform, reducing electricity usage by 223,439 kilowatt-hours. The reduction in energy is expected to save The Phillips Group $19,190 annually in light-related energy costs.
“We’re honored to be recognized by Orion with this award,” said David Fleischer, Phillips’ chief information officer and director of facilities, “particularly because it symbolizes our company’s commitment to being good corporate citizens and caring for our environment.”
Added Peter Phillips, president of The Phillips Group: “We’ve found that reduced energy use and increased recycling don’t just make us feel good, but they’re really integral to the efficient and successful operation of our businesses.”
In addition to the energy cost savings, the lighting retrofit will keep 175 tons of carbon dioxide and 42 tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere annually. The reduction in greenhouse gases over 20 years equates to planting 820 acres of trees, removing 660 cars from the road or saving 423,640 gallons of gasoline, according to the EPA.
The environmental benefits and energy cost savings of the Phillips Group project are possible because Orion fixtures have been engineered to use a specially formed, highly reflective surface to harvest light emitted from all sides of a fluorescent tube and direct it downward.
“Making changes to your lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut costs and conserve energy,” said Frank Richards, president of Richards Energy Group, a Landisville, Pa., energy consultant that handled the Phillips retrofit. “We are happy to assist in the process and consider the outcome an extreme success.”
“We’re glad to have helped The Phillips Group benefit from energy efficiency,” said Orion President and CEO Neal Verfuerth. “We’ve worked hard over the years to develop products that save energy and money, while helping the environment and at the same time provide better and stronger light without our customer having to sacrifice; so it’s not exactly a surprise to us.
“The best part was that to get all this, The Phillips Group didn’t have to do without or give up anything. That’s the way we like to see things work.”
Photo from left to right: Frank Richards, president of Richards Energy Group and David Fleischer, chief information officer of The Phillips Group.
About The Phillips Group
Based in Middletown, Pa., The Phillips Group is a provider of office supplies, office furniture and document management products, serving central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. Phillips also includes Overnight Office, an office furniture installation and moving company at 800 Paxton St., Harrisburg, and Full Circle Copier Outlet at 100 Market St., Lemoyne. For more information visit buyphillips.com.
About Richards Energy Group
Richards Energy Group (REG) is an independent ‘energineering’ firm dedicated to cutting energy costs for industrial, commercial, and institutional users. We work for energy consumers, not suppliers, vendors, or utilities. Using our many years of utility-related experience, we are able to minimize the energy bills paid by our clients. REG offers a full spectrum of consulting services: a power-purchasing consortium; energy, sales tax and billing audits; lighting retrofits; and real-time metering. Visit our website at richardsenergy.com/reg.
Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: OESX)
is a leading power technology enterprise that designs, manufactures and implements energy management systems, consisting primarily of high-performance, energy efficient lighting systems, controls and related services, for commercial and industrial customers without compromising their quantity or quality of light. Orion has deployed its energy management systems in 3,762 facilities across North America. Since 2001, Orion technology has displaced more than 357 megawatts, saving customers more than $402 million and reducing indirect carbon dioxide emissions by 3.6 million tons. For more information, visit http://www.oriones.com.
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ECORE International has received the Orion Energy Systems Environmental Stewardship Award for their recent lighting change in both their York and Lancaster facility. These changes resulted in substantial environmental benefits by reducing the amount of electric power ECORE uses.
Orion presents these awards to companies that achieve significant environmental benefits through use of Orion products and systems.
At ECORE, contractor Richards Energy Group replaced conventional fluorescent and metal halide lighting with energy-efficient Orion high-intensity fluorescent lighting. This decreased lighting power usage by an 3,679,892 kilowatt-hours (kwh) per year, which reduced lighting-related electricity costs from $477,615 to $200,424 a year, a 58 percent saving of $277,191.
“Not only has the lighting change brought a reduction in energy usage and environmental benefits, but also has improved the working environment for all employees by raising the amount and quality of light in the manufacturing and office areas,” said John McFalls, director of operations at ECORE International. “All employees now have a safer and more pleasing environment to work in.”
The saved 3,679,892 kwh, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, means that over the 20-year life of the replacement fixtures, some 71,755 tons of carbon dioxide, 19,568 tons of carbon, 312.1 tons of sulfur dioxide and 150.5 tons of nitrous oxide – all greenhouse gases – will not enter the atmosphere.
The reduction equates to planting a 675-acre forest or removing 594 cars from the road a year, according to EPA statistics. It also is the conservation equivalent of saving 6,089,485 gallons of gasoline or 144,988 barrels of fuel oil during the 20-year period.
“ECORE is committed to developing and utilizing environmentally responsible manufacturing processes and technologies,” said Arthur Dodge III, president and CEO of ECORE International. “We would like to thank Richards Energy Group, for their expertise as we analyzed the efficiency of our lighting systems in both our York and Lancaster facilities. We are honored to receive this award and are especially pleased to know that the positive environmental impact that comes with this type of project will continue for years to come.”
The environmental benefits and energy cost savings of the ECORE International project are possible because Orion fixtures have been engineered to use a specially formed, highly reflective surface to harvest light emitted from all sides of a fluorescent tube and direct it downward.
“For the next few decades, a major story in the business world is going to be the wholesale changeover to energy efficient equipment,” said Neal Verfuerth, president and CEO of Orion. “We’re glad to be part of achievements like ECORE International’s lopping 3,679,892 kwh off the power grid and the environmental benefits that provides. That will tend to lessen upward pressure on power prices – an issue we’re all facing.
“Best of all, though, ECORE International didn’t have to sacrifice or do without to get better lighting at a lower operating cost. That’s the way we like to see things work.”
ECORE International manufactures and markets innovative, sustainable products and solutions for the global marketplace. Based in Lancaster, Pa., ECORE has made a thriving business out of finding creative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle for the past 18 years. As North America’s largest user of scrap tire rubber, ENCORE recycles 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber each year in the process to convert pliable treads into durable products for the construction, consumer, commercial, industrial, and sports and leisure markets. ECORE’s portfolio includes national market leaders, such as ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring, EVERLAST Performance Flooring, PuzzleTile, Pavesafe, QT, TransMat and PlayGuard, to name a few. Subsidiary units, A-Turf, SurfaceAmerica and SpectraTurf are leaders in playground surfacing, gymnasium flooring, fitness flooring, and specialty surfacing and artificial turf industries. For more information, visit www.ecoreintl.com/site.
Richards Energy Group (REG) is an independent ‘energineering’ firm dedicated to cutting energy costs for industrial, commercial, and institutional users. The group works for energy consumers, not suppliers, vendors, or utilities. Using its many years of utility-related experience, Richards Energy Group is able to minimize the energy bills paid by its clients. REG offers a full spectrum of consulting services: a power-purchasing consortium; energy, sales tax and billing audits; lighting retrofits; and real-time metering. For more information, visit www.richardsenergy.com/reg.
Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OESX) is a leading power technology enterprise that designs, manufactures and implements energy management systems, consisting primarily of high-performance, energy efficient lighting systems and controls and related services, for commercial and industrial customers without compromising their quantity or quality of light. For more information, visit www.oriones.com.
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