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June 27 Summit to Highlight Energy Performance Contracting Program as Key Economic Development Tool for State

Arkansas Advanced Energy Association // June 23, 2017

Little Rock – Energy service providers will join representatives of Arkansas state agencies, colleges and universities, and cities and counties on Tuesday, June 27, for the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) Summit 2017. The event is hosted by the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality – Arkansas Energy Office at Heifer International (Heifer Village Conference Room) from 1-5 p.m.

Program highlights include the following:
- Welcome remarks by ADEQ Director Becky Keogh;
- Energy service providers and contractors exhibits;
- Best practices guidelines for participants;
- Financing panel discussion; and
- Panel discussion with program participants. 

Since the 2014 launch of AEPC, the program has become a key economic development tool across the state. The Arkansas Energy Office estimates the total value of projects in development at over $75 million. A jobs study commissioned by the Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation found that nearly 700 companies that employ more than 16,000 Arkansans are in the advanced energy economy. About 60 percent of those jobs are tied to energy savings equipment and services and are directly affected by a vibrant AEPC program.

Energy performance contracting is a turnkey service, comparable to design/build construction contracting with an annual savings guarantee. This method of finance provides taxpayer-funded public entities with the opportunity to complete a comprehensive set of energy efficiency, capital infrastructure and renewable energy measures at no upfront cost.

Sponsors of AEPC Summit 2017 include Clear Energy, Inc., Presenting Sponsor; McKinstry and Performance Services, Partner Sponsors; and Bernhard Energy Solutions, Sponsor.

Additional exhibitors include: Entegrity Energy Partners, Excel Energy Group, Johnson Controls, Powers of Arkansas, Seal Energy Solutions and Spirotherm, Inc.

Media registration is required. Please contact AAEA executive director Katie Laning Niebaum at katie@arkansasadvancedenergy.com, or (501) 537-0190.

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