WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2017 - The Energy Department’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) joined forces on collaborative projects to increase energy performance. The 2017 U.S.-China Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) portfolio features nine pilot projects intended to improve energy efficiency across retrofitted systems in buildings and industrial facilities. American and Chinese companies collaborate and showcase successful models that can help industry adapt to new approaches and build business opportunities.

The projects were recognized at the eighth annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum in Denver, Colorado. The EEF, which is organized by DOE and NDRC, brings together government, industry, and non-governmental leaders from the United States and China to highlight cooperative efforts, including energy performance contracting.

DOE said the pilot projects use a combination of innovative financing models, international performance measurement and verification protocols (IPMVP), integrated systems approaches, and achieve at least 20 percent energy savings building-wide or at least 1,000 metric tons of coal equivalent (TCE) across retrofitted systems in industrial facilities. This year's projects include commercial buildings, industrial facilities, a power plant, medical facilities, and a university, across nine cities in China. The nine projects represent a total investment of $14.5 million in energy-saving measures.

For one example, Glumac Inc. and Warmland Energy Service Co. will collaborate to retrofit the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai for projected 25 percent energy savings.

There are now 21 U.S.-China EPC projects dating back to the program's inception in 2015. Earlier this year, in the release of the "Evaluation of Energy Performance Contracting Pilots: A Promising Way to Foster Deep Energy Savings in China," it was calculated that the 2015 and 2016 EPC pilots attracted $135 million in investment and are projected to save 67,000 TCE in energy per year.

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