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UTC Collaborates with Eversource to Identify Energy Savings Opportunities

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UTC and Eversource recently worked together to host an event to target energy savings initiatives across select Connecticut UTC facilities.  The event is part of a comprehensive, three-year strategic agreement between Eversource and UTC that will support UTC in reaching its aggressive energy efficiency goals.

Specifically, this plan is designed to help UTC achieve a 15 percent reduction in energy use for all Connecticut UTC facilities that receive electricity from Eversource. That is an estimated 54 million kilowatt-hours of power saved over the three-year period, and is the equivalent to powering over 6,000 homes with electricity for one year.

“UTC and Eversource started talking about energy efficiency a year and a half ago with a focus on how we could work together to save energy and money,” said Tilak Subrahmanian, Vice President for Energy Efficiency at Eversource. “The changes will ultimately lead to a greener and more sustainable environment.” 

“This agreement supports UTC’s long-running efforts to understand how much energy we use and where we use it in order to identify significant energy savings opportunities,” said Sean West, Program Manager for Environment, Health and Safety at UTC. “Our long-term goal is to apply what we’ve learned through our agreement with Eversource to our facilities around the world.”

To help reach their goal in Connecticut, UTC has created an internal cross-functional team comprising UTC business units and its locations across Connecticut. This team has already met and identified several ways to potentially save 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually at its Windsor Locks facility.

Among the many components of the three-year plan are:

  • Installing new LED interior lighting and “dark sky”-compliant lighting in parking lots. 

  • Adding “cool roofs” with white, heat-reflecting materials that lower energy costs, and installing energy-saving window tint to buildings. 

  • Completing HVAC upgrade projects that include chiller optimization, HVAC retro-commissioning and a water chiller study. 

  • Conducting several studies to ensure optimal use of compressed air, sometimes called the “third utility” in manufacturing after electricity and natural gas. 

  • Incorporating energy efficiency elements into the design of the new Pratt & Whitney headquarters in East Hartford. 

  • Developing an educational program to increase energy efficiency awareness and behavioral changes among UTC facilities managers and general staff.

More recently, UTC announced the company’s new 2020 sustainability goals, which are the latest in a long-running series of efforts to eliminate waste and increase efficiency, and which place UTC on track to reduce greenhouse gasses 80% by 2050 in support of UN climate goals. Starting three decades ago, UTC was among the very first companies to begin tracking resource usage with the aim of lowering consumption and emissions. And since 1997, UTC has tripled its revenues while reducing its greenhouse gasses by 34%, primarily through energy reduction. This new three-year agreement between UTC and Eversource will support UTC’s broader sustainability efforts to innovate to meet the growing demand for sustainable products, solutions and operations.

The agreement with UTC is Eversource’s largest energy efficiency effort to-date.  Eversource currently has similar large-scale efforts underway with the University of Connecticut, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston College.