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Ameresco, Performance Services, Engie Among Finalists for Industry-Leading Awards in Energy Efficiency and Retrofitting

Finalists for the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) awards will be recognized at the upcoming R3 Conference

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO), the leading advocacy and accreditation association representing companies modernizing our nation’s building infrastructure through energy efficiency projects, today announced three finalists for the NAESCO Award to be presented at its upcoming Renovate, Retrofit, Reduce (R3) Conference and Innovation Expo in Orlando, FL.

The NAESCO Award honors the achievements of and recognizes exemplary projects from member companies that show the full potential of public-private partnerships. Efforts recognized by this award include significant or unique savings, innovative project approaches or technology uses, overcoming significant project obstacles, achieving environmental justice goals, and incorporating community development and outreach, among others.

This year’s finalists include:

  • Ameresco, for the completion of the ​​Chicago Smart Lighting Program (CSLP) in partnership with the City of Chicago. As the primary contractor on the project, Ameresco replaced 85% of the city’s streetlights with smart LEDs, which will cut energy use and utility costs in half while doubling the lifespan of streetlight bulbs. Estimated savings from these upgrades are expected to reach $100 million in the next 10 years.
  • Performance Services, for its energy leadership program and energy savings performance project with the Little Rock, AR, School District. The two-phase comprehensive project included an all-district behavior-based conservation program, the hiring of an on-site energy manager to maximize efficiency across the district’s 40 schools, and efficiency retrofit projects across six schools and over 900,000 square feet. So far, project savings have exceeded Performance Services’ guarantee by 40%, and energy use has improved by 42%.
  • Engie, for its projects at California schools that incorporate STEM learning programs for students. In addition to providing millions of dollars in energy cost savings for school districts across the state, Engie engages students with hands-on learning opportunities paid in part through energy performance savings.

NAESCO Award winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 9 at the upcoming R3 Conference in Orlando. The conference, hosted by NAESCO, will include three days of energy efficiency programming, exhibits displaying the latest energy efficiency technologies, and a sustainability tour of the Orange County Convention Center. The R3 Conference coincides with the third annual National ESCO Week, highlighting the contributions of over 2 million Americans employed in the sector.


The National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) is the leading advocacy and accreditation organization for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and is dedicated to modernizing America’s building infrastructure through performance contracting. Uniting the energy service industry, NAESCO promotes favorable government policies; sponsors a rigorous accreditation program; provides training and education; and champions the interests of ESCOs across the nation.

ESCOs contract with private and public sector energy users to provide cost-effective energy efficiency retrofits across a wide spectrum of client facilities, from college campuses to water treatment plants. Effectively utilizing a performance-based contract business model, ESCOs have implemented more than $70 billion in comprehensive energy efficiency retrofit projects over the last three decades.

Learn more about NAESCO, its members, membership benefits, and accreditation process at, and follow NAESCO on Twitter (@NaescoNews) and LinkedIn (@naesco).


Media Contact for NAESCO
Jen Fletcher

On behalf of NAESCO


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