Northwestern Enters into EaaS Agreement for Energy Improvements - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency  -  July 7, 2021

Northwestern Enters into EaaS Agreement for Energy Improvements

Northwestern University will be implementing energy efficiency upgrades on its campus through a long-term Energy as a Service (EaaS) agreement completed July 6.

The Illinois university entered into the EaaS agreement with Ameresco, which will be responsible for providing ongoing energy management and identifying and implementing energy projects across the campus’s 175 buildings and central plants. The agreement allows Northwestern to complete these upgrades at no upfront cost.

Some of the main projects to be started on the campus will address building automation, lighting, heating and cooling and alternative energy systems.

“This ambitious, multi-year partnership will make our campuses more environmentally sustainable through reduced energy demand, which will ultimately decrease utility costs,” Craig Johnson, Northwestern’s senior vice president for business and finance, said in a statement. “We will also now be able to draw upon Ameresco’s expertise to inform our continued pursuit of more sustainable practices.”

These upgrades will help Northwestern reach its goal of reducing emissions 30% by 2030.

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