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TAC Advances City’s Technological Leadership to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Municipal Buildings

HOUSTON -- May 27, 2009 -- Houston is taking the lead among major cities in reducing the energy consumption of city buildings and lowering greenhouse gas emissions as the first C40 city in the U.S. to announce a comprehensive building retrofit project under the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Building Retrofit Program. Houston has awarded TAC by Schneider Electric, the building management and energy services business of Schneider Electric, a $9.6 million performance contract involving seven of the city’s 271 buildings. TAC will implement numerous energy conservation measures (ECMs) at these city facilities to improve the efficiency of the buildings, and the money saved in utility costs will pay for the upgrades.

The William J. Clinton Foundation launched the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change. The CCI Building Retrofit program brings together many of the world’s largest cities, energy service firms and financial institutions in a landmark effort to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings.

“The city of Houston conducted a thorough search to find an ESCO that shared our objectives to find proactive solutions, use state-of-the-art equipment, and emphasize renewable energy sources and sustainability,” said Issa Dadoush, general services director for the city of Houston. “Buildings are responsible for more than 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in most cities, so retrofitting our facilities with more energy-efficient products and technologies is an important way we can reduce both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.”

“TAC provides comprehensive packages of energy-efficient improvements designed to meet the specific needs of each customer. As a growing, premier employer and leader in the green-collar community, our professionals have unmatched expertise in delivering cost-saving projects that help our customers achieve more with their energy while using less of our natural resources,” said Jeff Drees, president of TAC Americas. “TAC delivers projects that provide measurable, quantifiable results around reducing energy consumption, operating costs, greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of buildings. Our solutions are based on the latest technologies and include renewable energy, indoor environmental quality improvement, sustainable design and more.”

Performance contracting offers many long-term benefits for municipalities of all sizes, such as improved facility efficiency, environmental protection and financial management. As a part of the agreement with the city of Houston, TAC will guarantee the amount of savings and agrees to pay the difference if that amount is not realized.

In total, the city of Houston has selected 271 buildings, containing 11 million square feet, in a variety of ages, sizes and configurations – from high-rise offices to single story structures – that are candidates for performance contracting. For the first phase, the city of Houston selected TAC to perform energy audits on seven municipal buildings containing 1.2 million square feet. Because existing structures comprise a massive source of energy use within cities, improving their efficiency will have a major impact. The retrofits TAC completes in a typical performance contract can lower energy use from 20 to 30 percent, so it is possible that the city of Houston could lower its CO2 carbon emissions by up to 1,647 tons. This is equal to taking 1,014 cars off the roads or planting 1,498 acres of trees.

Reliable Controls About TAC by Schneider Electric
TAC by Schneider Electric, the building management, security systems and energy services business of Schneider Electric, delivers business value to customers, enabling them to do more with less energy. With over 80 years of experience in buildings and infrastructure, TAC employs more than 8,000 people worldwide, with partners in 80 countries.

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company's 114,000 employees achieved sales of more than $25 billion euros in 2008, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.”

About the Clinton Climate Initiative
The William J. Clinton Foundation launched the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change. Working with governments and businesses around the world to tailor local solutions that are economically and environmentally sustainable, CCI focuses on three strategic program areas: increasing energy efficiency in cities, catalyzing the large-scale supply of clean energy, and working to measure and value the carbon absorbed by forests. In each of these programs, CCI uses a holistic approach to address the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and the people, policies, and practices that impact them.

In Cities, CCI serves as the action arm of the C40, an association of large cities around the world that have pledged to accelerate their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To learn more about the work of the Clinton Climate Initiative and the William J. Clinton Foundation, please visit


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