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BC, NSTAR Enter Aggressive Energy-Saving Pact


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (May 2011) - Boston College and NSTAR have entered into an agreement administrators say will dramatically cut energy use at the University, saving 6.5 million kilowatt hours of power use and an estimated $3 million in utility costs over the next three years.

NSTAR Senior Vice President of Corporate and Customer Relations Joe Nolan and BC Executive Vice President Patrick Keating and
A new initiative, signed by University Executive Vice President Patrick Keating (right) and NSTAR Senior Vice President Joe Nolan, calls for a cooperative effort to target energy efficiency opportunities.

The new initiative, signed by University Executive Vice President Patrick Keating and NSTAR Senior Vice President of Corporate and Customer Relations Joe Nolan in Botolph House on May 5, calls for a cooperative effort to target energy efficiency opportunities including improving existing operational control systems, laboratory process improvements, lighting upgrades and occupancy sensors and numerous mechanical system upgrades.

“The agreement between Boston College and NSTAR reflects an investment in our future, to reduce energy consumption and related costs,” said Keating. “The variety of projects that will be implemented will produce significant returns to the University and is one of the ways BC is working to be more sustainable in use of our resources.”

“This is a great day for us and for Boston College,” said Nolan, a 1985 College of Arts and Sciences graduate who also received an MBA from the Carroll Graduate School of Management. “We are proud to be helping Boston College with their commitment to dramatically reduce electricity use through improved efficiency. By taking advantage of NSTAR’s generous incentive offers, BC can expect to realize a financial payback of less than three years on these projects.”

Among the points of agreement are the joint development of baseline energy reduction and energy-efficient material selection for new construction and major renovations on campus; assistance in selection of preferred energy-related vendors; and creation of increased energy awareness programs for students and the University community.

“This is a great opportunity to enhance our energy reduction projects for the next three years,” said Facility Services Energy Manager John MacDonald. “NSTAR is a very conscientious energy provider with a lot of qualified people to assist in our efforts. Saving 6 million kilowatt hours of electricity will be a community effort that we can make happen together.   

“This is an attainable goal and a sustainable effort that we all can be proud of in three years,” he said.

--Reid Oslin is an associate director in the Office of News & Public Affairs; oslin@bc.edu