Customer: Property management group who had a large hotel/water resort
Request #1: Request for electricity bid and perform an analysis and review.
Solution: AUS monitors Utility areas across the country for any new opportunities that would benefit our clients. As a result of newly acquired information in this area, AUS contacted our clients and advised them of an impending PUC change which would allow customers to move to alternate supply for their Electric Service.
We were contacted by a Property Management Group who had a large hotel/water resort that was using about 7,150,000 kWh a year in Electricity which was costing them about $578,364 per year for the commodity only. At the time, they were contracted with a consulting group who was charging them a large monthly fee for their services but were not advising them of new opportunities.
The potential client asked that we bid this out to suppliers and perform an analysis/review. The savings potential was exceptional and the client signed an agreement with the recommended provider which ultimately saved them $160,232 per year (27.7%) on their electric costs.
Request #2: Locate a provider with a lower natural gas commodity price
Solution: This same property was bidding out for natural gas supply to multiple vendors. Their annual volume was 325,000 therms which cost $187,558 for the commodity only. A proposal/recommendation was submitted for review, and the client contracted with a provider who saved them $105,885 (56.5%) per year.
Added Benefit: This client determined that the Consulting Group they were paying a considerable fee to each month was not providing customer service. The Consulting Group was also not being proactive in reviewing new opportunities for this client. Subsequently, the Consulting Group was released from their national contract and Cost Containment was signed as the Energy Procurement & Management Group and has been in place for 5+ years.
Customer: EcoVision Sustainable Learning Center and Rosemont School District #87
Request: Co-sponsor a 1 kW solar photovoltaic system for Rosemont Elementary School
Solution: Cost Containment International is an energy and sustainability consulting firm, handling procurement and management of energy, telecom, credit card processing and energy efficiencies to help businesses save money and control expenses.
Rosemont School District #87 celebrated their 2012 Earth Day commemorating a special gift from EcoVision Sustainable Learning Center, a non-profit dedicated to helping advance sustainable practices and lifestyles. As part of EcoVision SLC’s ‘Solar for Schools’ Community Green Challenge program, the Rosemont School District received a 1 kW solar panel system. The system was installed at Rosemont Elementary School in August, 2011.
Cost Containment generously donated a significant portion of the $6,500 dollars required to cover the costs of the new solar PV system. “Sixty-five hundred dollars is the price of a small, demonstration solar system,” said Hans Herrmann, President of Cost Containment. “School districts don’t have that kind of funding lying around. With EcoVision SLC, we saw a great opportunity to serve our community by helping to introduce solar power to the school district.”
The solar panels will provide the school with more than 1.3 megawatt hours of free electricity each year for the next 30 years.
Customer: Doreen’s Gourmet Pizza
Request #1: Green up 100% of electricity use.
Solution: Cost Containment International, an energy and sustainability consulting firm, is committed to making REC purchases an everyday occurrence for American businesses.
Doreen’s purchased 211 100% wind, Green-e Energy® certified Renewable Energy Certificates to cover 100% of all the electricity used by their production facilities, outlet store and two restaurants. This equates to 236,079 pounds of CO2 not produced by non-renewable energy fuel sources.
Request #2: Assist in converting the company’s fleet of delivery vehicles to natural gas-powered vehicles.
Solution: As Doreen’s Gourmet Pizza’s energy consultant, Cost Containment advised them through the conversion process by calculating the cost of fuel to determine if there would be any savings. In addition, C2 negotiated their natural gas supply contract on their behalf, resulting in even more savings.
Doreen’s added an onsite natural gas fueling station, providing compressed natural gas fuel for its own delivery trucks. Their fuel costs dropped from $5.00 per gallon for diesel fuel down to 96 cents per gallon for compressed natural gas. This savings will help Doreen’s recoup the initial $40,000 cost for the onsite fuel station in about 1 to 1 1/2 years while hedging against rising oil costs.
Added Benefit: Cost Containment handled Doreen’s green marketing of their REC purchases and PR, spreading the word of their green initiatives. Doreen’s qualified for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, one of the highest standards of green credibility in the country.
Request: Handle natural gas negotiations
Solution: Cost Containment monitors utility areas across the country for any new opportunities that would benefit our clients. We are strictly performance-based and we do not send a bill until we deliver a benefit. Natural gas negotiations were handled and included a total volume of 145,000 annual therms. The customer was paying $128,122 annually for their gas commodity. Total savings for this client including the tax benefit was $65,091 (50.8%) annually.
Added Benefit: Contracted customers in this area not only receive savings because of the lower cost of the commodity, but they also receive significant savings on their utility taxe
Customer: A pool of 17 hotel properties, each property contracted separately
Request: Natural gas negotiations
Solution: Cost Containment monitors utility areas across the country for any new opportunities that would benefit our clients. We are strictly performance-based and we do not send a bill until we deliver a benefit. Natural Gas Negotiations were handled and included a total volume of 1,117,950 annual therms costing them a total of $515,091 for the commodity only. A pool of the 17 properties was created and each property was contracted separately, so they were each responsible for their own agreements. Due to the elimination of the buy/sell balancing for each property along with the inclusion of upstream costs for these customers, the annual savings for the entire pool was $180,542 (35.1%).
Added Benefit: Electric supply options are not available in this state currently. C2 does not charge a monthly fee to our clients if we are unable to place them with a provider who will save them money.