CNT Energy Selected to Lead Regional Energy Efficiency Program

CHICAGO (October 18, 2010) – The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) announced today that it has selected CNT Energy, a division of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), to coordinate the implementation of a $25 million dollar federal grant for energy efficiency retrofits for the region’s buildings. Over the next three years, the CNT Energy team will oversee completion of more than 8,000 energy efficiency retrofits, leverage more than $500 million in local investments, and create more than 2,000 jobs.

The program, known as the Chicago Region Retrofit Ramp-up (CR3), is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). CMAP and its partners, the City of Chicago and the City of Rockford, have created an innovative program that will transform the retrofit market, generate large scale retrofit activity and serve as a national model for other building retrofit efforts. CNT Energy leads a team that includes the Chicago Jobs Council (CJC), Shaw Group, Delta Institute and Renewable Funding.

“The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is excited about this new partnership in the implementation of the CR3 program,” said Randy Blankenhorn, CMAP executive director. “Under the leadership of CNT Energy and the team they have assembled, we are tapping into the brightest and best minds on energy efficiency, which will be a significant part of making the CR3 program a success.”

The team will put its nationally recognized planning, researching and retrofitting capabilities to work removing barriers that prevent large-scale participation in the retrofit marketplace.

“We’re excited and ready to make the region’s building stock more energy efficient,” said Anne Evens, director of CNT Energy. “A huge part of the team’s job is to help homeowners and building owners sort through the complexities of making energy efficiency improvements. We’ll connect them with the information, financing and trained workforce they need to get the job done and start saving on their energy bills.”

CNT Energy currently administers the Energy Savers program, an energy efficiency program for owners of multifamily buildings in the Chicago region. Since 2007, Energy Savers has retrofitted 2,800 housing units, achieving typical energy savings of 30 percent. CNT Energy’s experience and success running Energy Savers helped it secure the implementation role for the CR3 program.

“CNT Energy has the energy efficiency expertise and the project management experience needed to expand the building retrofit market throughout the Chicago metropolitan region and Rockford,” said Sandeep Sood, a building owner who has retrofitted six buildings through the Energy Savers program. “The team’s expert advice, along with their one-stop-shop approach, made it easy for me to make improvements that would have been extremely difficult without their help.”

“Given that 70 percent of the Chicago region’s global warming emissions come from operating our buildings, it’s crucial we improve their energy efficiency,” said Evens. “The beauty in retrofits—like most thoughtful climate-friendly initiatives— is that what’s good for our pocketbooks is also good for the environment.”

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For more information contact:
Stephanie Folk, CNT Energy
Phone: (773) 269-4085
E-mail: sfolk@cntenergy.org