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Energy Efficiency Projects

Efficiency Maine Business Incentive Program

Efficiency Maine Trust | July 2013 – Present

GDS is the lead contractor responsible for the implementation of Efficiency Maine’s Commercial & Industrial Incentive Program. The Efficiency Maine C&I Program provides incentives to commercial customers for energy efficiency projects including new, efficient electric, natural gas, oil and propane measures. The programs GDS implements include the C&I Prescriptive Program, Small Business Direct Install Initiative, HVAC Distributor Discount Initiative, Discounted Screw-in LEDs Initiative and the Maine Advanced Buildings program. GDS has been implementing programs under the Efficiency Maine umbrella since 2003.


 

Energy, Utility, and Fuel Consulting Services

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) | July 2017 – Present

GDS was contracted by MARTA, the City of Atlanta’s transit authority, to serve in a multi-year consulting role as an advisor on energy management/procurement and uncovering energy efficiency opportunities for the rail, bus, and paratransit systems. The GDS Team is tasked with investigation of all fuel and electric accounts that serve ground transportation and large propulsion activities, as well as vendor proposal evaluation, tax credit consulting, sustainability options, risk management, and weekly newsletter creation to inform MARTA management of market news. The Team is charged with finding overall efficiencies that will help advance North America’s ninth largest transit system towards the future of metropolitan transportation.


 

Battery Storage Incentive – Program Design and Implementation Support

JEA | 2017 – 2019

GDS was contracted by JEA in Jacksonville, Florida to assist with the development and program launch of an incentive designed for residential and commercial electric customers of JEA that are interested in installing battery storage systems to use in conjunction with distributed generation, particularly rooftop solar. Our Consultants worked with JEA to develop the incentive based on equipment and installation pricing, solar performance modeling, and long-term payback calculations. The team then developed a program plan, marketing material, implementation schedule/protocol, interconnection agreement, and application material for JEA’s project management. We reviewed implementation contractor proposals and assisted in the selection, and were heavily involved in stakeholder meetings and assisting with program launch.


 

Building Momentum for Implementation of Electric Utility Infrastructure Efficiency Projects in Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Commerce 

GDS recently completed a potential study for the Minnesota Department of Commerce to identify and quantify conservation opportunity in Electric Utility Infrastructure (EUI) assets owned and operated by utilities serving Minnesota consumers. The study required us to design an entirely unique approach to estimating potential. The project also created an opportunity for inter-departmental collaboration across GDS because it required expertise in transmission, distribution, generation, energy efficiency, and stakeholder engagement.