Fast-Growing U.S. City Teams with Siemens on Comprehensive Energy Efficient Infrastructure Program

Orem, Utah projected to save more than $11 million over course of 15-year performance contract

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10:00 am EDT


OREM, Utah

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"These upgrades will help Orem—which is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S.—achieve significant energy savings and support the continued growth the city is experiencing."

OREM, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Siemens has begun working on infrastructure improvements for Orem, Utah, located adjacent to Provo and 45 miles south of Salt Lake City. Expected to save the city an estimated $11.4 million in energy and operational cost savings and capital cost avoidance over 15 years, the initial project phase of this performance contract will allow Orem to use new technologies to make necessary capital improvements to meet the needs of its growing population and continued economic development.

“This project means a lot to our city,” says Orem City Manager Jamie Davidson. “We’re looking forward to bringing our community upgraded facilities, and we’re making these improvements with savings we’ll be generating. We’re confident that these upgrades will help us prepare for anticipated growth in our city for years to come. In every government’s quest to ‘do more with less’, using energy savings to make necessary improvements is a no-brainer.”

Energy efficiency measures include upgrading the city’s 5,182 streetlights with LED bulbs, resulting in a projected annual savings of $181,000. The project scope also includes building automation modifications, HVAC enhancements, and building envelope improvements at the city center, public library, public safety building, senior center, recreation center, and citywide fire stations. Future infrastructure improvements may include upgrades to elevators, boilers, and generators, as well as water-saving technologies.

“Performance contracting has proven to be a cost-effective way for cities to meet operational and sustainability goals by freeing up capital for facility and municipal improvements,” says Dave Hopping, President of Siemens’ North American-based Building Technologies Division. “These upgrades will help Orem—which is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S.—achieve significant energy savings and support the continued growth the city is experiencing.”

Siemens has helped its customers realize more than $2 billion in energy and operational savings over the past 10 years. The company has implemented more than 1,000 guaranteed performance contract projects for its customers, updating thousands of buildings with the latest energy savings technologies. Its energy services and solutions range from energy savings analysis, to implementation of facility improvement measures, to ongoing monitoring and verification.

About the City of Orem
The City of Orem is the 5th largest city in Utah and is located about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. Orem has approximately 95,000 residents and is home to Utah Valley University, Utah’s largest university with an enrollment of more than 33,000. Orem was incorporated in 1919 and is nestled between the Wasatch Mountains and Utah Lake. Orem is consistently ranked as one of the safest places in America and one of the best places to raise a family.

About Siemens
The Siemens Building Technologies Division (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) is the North American market leader for safe and secure, energy-efficient and environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures. As a technology partner, service provider, system integrator and product vendor, Building Technologies has offerings for fire protection, life safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and energy management.

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 348,000 employees in more than 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $86.2 billion in fiscal 2015. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $22.4 billion, including $5.5 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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