Energy DivisionA Division of the Kansas Corporation Commission, funded through the federal State Energy Program (SEP).
Facility Conservation Improvement Program (FCIP)
The FCIP is a streamlined program enabling public agencies (state, municipalities, counties and schools) to use a tool known as energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) to access financing for planning and implementing projects quickly and easily. Tax-exempt financing with a very attractive interest rate makes your project more economical and reduces the pay-back period. Financing can be customized to meet the particular cash flows associated with your projects.
What is Energy Savings Performance Contracting?
Here’s how it works:
You enter into an agreement with a private energy service company (ESCO). The ESCO will identify and evaluate energy-saving opportunities and then recommend a package of improvements to be paid for through savings. The ESCO will guarantee that savings meet or exceed annual payments to cover all project costs—usually over a contract term between ten and fifteen years. If savings don’t materialize, the ESCO pays the difference, not you. To ensure savings, the ESCO offers staff training and long-term maintenance services. Plus all energy savings performance contracts are developed and implemented with the assistance of the FCIP administrator.
Many types of building improvements can be funded through your existing budgets— new lighting technologies, boilers and chillers, energy management controls and swimming pool covers, to name a few.
A qualified ESCO can help you put the pieces together:
The Kansas FCIP Program
The Facility Conservation Improvement Program is designed to be easy for agencies to participate in, resulting in the implementation of more energy conservation projects.
The master agreement allows public entities to easily use the expertise of pre-approved ESCO's plus use the FCIP's low cost financing to fund the projects.
A team consisting of key agency personnel, ESCO representatives and the FCIP administrator develops projects tailored to a facility.
By using a pre-approved ESCO and the master agreement, the agency saves the time and cost associated with producing a RFP and completing the ESCO selection process.
Energy Conservation Projects Benefit Everyone
Community and Environmental Benefits
By reducing electricity needs, conservation projects help delay the need for constructing new electrical generation plants, allowing existing plants to meet societys ever increasing demand for electricity.
By reducing heating energy needs, conservation projects help extend the supply of natural resources.
Conservation not only helps keep energy rates lower for everyone, these projects protect the environment by reducing the pollutants created when energy is consumed.
The Many Benefits
By updating or replacing equipment that is old and obsolete with newer, more efficient technologies, you will have higher-quality systems, fewer breakdowns and reduced maintenance. When building occupants experience improved lighting, better air quality and more comfortable room temperatures, they are likely to be happier and more productive.
A Wise Investment
Energy performance contracting allows you to divert funds that would be spent on energy bills into investments in your buildings. For governments, this means limited budgets can stretch further, putting taxpayers' money where it really counts. For all building owners, more modern, efficient energy systems can increase your property value and improve marketability of your buildings.
Improvements Without Sacrifice
Energy performance contracting allows you to tackle energy efficiency projects now even if no funds are available. This means you can still afford improvements when faced with budget cuts or competing priorities. And, with energy performance contracting, you can take a comprehensive approach that will optimize your benefits.
New systems and equipment can lower your energy costs. Many building owners see energy savings of 15 to 35 percent and also reduce their long-term maintenance costs. You keep all the savings once the equipment is paid off, plus any excess savings during the contract term.
Proven Technology and Expertise
In recent years, performance contracting has become a widely accepted and reliable way to make energy improvements. Today's ESCOs use industry-standard practices and proven energy-saving technologies and have excellent track records for satisfying their customers. ESCOs have a financial incentive to make sure savings are achieved throughout the contract term.
Performance contracting offers a streamlined approach to making facility improvements because, with a single contract, you can tackle multiple energy-efficient projects throughout your facility, rather then doing one project at a time. The ESCO can provide a full range of services and continue working with you once the projects are complete to ensure that you get optimal long-term energy performance.
Information provided by Energy Services Coalition (www.EnergyServicesCoalition.org)