SEATTLE — Optimum Energy recognized Columbia University and partner, Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI), for the successful completion of Columbia’s Campus Energy Renewal Project.

“Higher education campuses across the nation are looking to increase their operational efficiency and reduce electricity costs,” said Bert Valdman, Optimum Energy’s president and CEO. “What makes Columbia University so significant is the amount of savings they have achieved and the resulting positive impact on the environment. Optimum Energy is committed to working with our partners, like JCI, to deliver innovative HVAC solutions that provide verifiable levels of savings for our customers.”

To date, the incorporation of Optimum Energy’s OptiCx Platform, a proprietary method of interdependently and relationally optimizing each HVAC sub-system as a coordinated whole, has provided Columbia University’s Renewal Project with measurable and verified energy consumption savings. Columbia University’s savings thus far are:

• Over 3,075,300 kWh of electricity kWh saved (equivalent to electricity use of over 300 homes).

• Over 243,600 therms of natural gas saved (enough to heat 1,880,000 showers).

• Over 2,594 metric tons of annual CO2 emissions reduced (equal to CO2 emissions from 35 tanker trucks worth of gasoline).

Optimum Energy said its OptiCx Platform combines advanced HVAC optimization software with expertise in system design and operations. It verifiably reduces resource usage — electricity, natural gas, and water — while providing detailed insights into how building systems are operating. For more information, visit

Publication date: 12/17/2015

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