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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 

Rising energy costs, climate change, and increasing energy price volatility are growing concerns in every sector of the economy. Woodard & Curran’s Energy Efficiency, Power Engineering and Sustainability Services team offers comprehensive energy solutions from planning through design and implementation to help you reduce energy costs and exposure to price volatility and improve the environmental profile of your energy use. Bringing our strategic energy management approach and our excellent problem-solving and engineering skills to bear, we work closely with our clients to develop and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that address your organization’s goals. We have a clear understanding of the economic forces that govern the energy market, and can help you find the most cost-effective ways to manage your energy consumption and the renewable energy project that offers the greatest return on investment and in many cases secure funding and incentives to complete the project.

Our services include:

  • Comprehensive energy management planning and program development
  • Renewable energy assessments, feasibility studies, and design and implementation
  • Energy audits
  • Energy efficiency and conservation studies
  • Energy procurement
  • Energy data management
  • Capital project management, controls, and scheduling
  • Consulting and Detail Design engineering for civil, structural, process, mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation and controls services
  • Construction management/supervision and commissioning services
  • Turnkey project (EPCM) capabilities
  • Identification of funding opportunities and project incentives
  • Carbon mitigation and sustainability strategies

Project Highlights

Energy Audit and Building Upgrades
Hancock County Commissioners, ME
The Hancock County Commissioners and their facilities staff were looking to increase the efficiency of the buildings they manage, which include the County Court House, Jail, Sherriff’s office and District Attorney’s office in Ellsworth Maine and the nearby Bar Harbor regional airport in Trenton, Maine. Woodard & Curran was hired to complete an energy audit on the facilities, which are of all building types, ages and condition, and develop a plan for the upgrades that would yield favorable return on investment. Subsequently, the County asked Woodard & Curran to develop a Request for Proposal for solicitation of contract services to complete initial phases of the upgrades. To reduce the payback of the upgrades, Woodard & Curran coordinated with the Efficiency Maine Trust to secure grant funds for the project.

Biomass Boiler Installation
Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) #29
Woodard & Curran assisted Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) #29 in evaluating the financial benefits of a woodchip biomass boiler. Based on positive results and successfully securing $910,000 in grant funds, Woodard & Curran assembled a design-build team to install the new boiler and provide woodchip storage. The project involves renovations to house the woodchip storage and boiler, and the connection of the new system to the existing hot water distribution system in the high school and adjacent vocational school. Woodard & Curran helped MSAD #29 and the Forestry Department select auxiliary emissions equipment that will allow the new system to operate in compliance with proposed EPA emissions standards.

Energy Efficiency Improvements
Confidential Affordable Housing Property Managment Company

Having engaged the electric and gas utility in its retrofit planning, the property managers for this 12-acre affordable apartment complex needed to engineer retrofits to their heating and cooling plant to meet a 92% efficiency target. The utility required the use of an approved engineer with CEM qualifications in order to qualify the project for energy efficiency subsidies. Read the full story about the efficiency improvements for this housing complex.

Wind Power Development
University of Maine at Presque Isle
The University of Maine developed a renewable energy project at its Presque Isle campus, offsetting approximately 33% of the campus’ annual campus energy costs. Woodard & Curran evaluated the local wind resource and developed a turbine feasibility, location, and characteristics model. We assisted with all aspects of permitting for the project, including Maine DEP, FAA, and FERC applications. Other services included site design and primary electrical connection design and cost analysis. After securing approvals, Woodard & Curran developed bid documents and helped manage the procurement and contracting process. The turbine was installed in 2009 with Woodard & Curran providing the associated site-civil engineering.