Cleveland Chooses EnergyCAP for Climate Protection Pact

The city of Cleveland has selected EnergyCAP, an energy efficiency software program, to help meet the requirements of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

In the agreement, U.S. mayors pledge to reduce carbon dioxide output by 7 percent by the year 2012. More than 1,000 mayors have already signed the agreement. The foundational first step toward compliance is assessing energy usage and managing utility bills.

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson has committed to reduce the city’s energy and fuel consumption by 10 percent over three years. In pursuit of this objective, the city invited 15 companies to submit proposals for “Utility Data Management Software and Systems.” After a competitive process, the city selected EnergyCAP to help manage more than 850 electric, natural gas, and other utilities totaling approximately $60 million annually.

The city is purchasing EnergyCAP with funds from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

In addition to tracking and reporting greenhouse gases, the city can use EnergyCAP to audit bills for billing errors, benchmark city buildings to identify inefficient facilities, track interval data to analyze energy usage patterns, and perform cost avoidance to evaluate and report on the effectiveness of energy conservation efforts.

EnergyCAP will interface with the city’s accounts payable system to streamline the bill payment process and will automatically submit energy consumption data to The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program to generate a rating for eligible city buildings.