Photo: DEC President
Vickie-Tilley Moore outside of the Arkansas State Capitol with Bob Laman,
April 16, 2001
State of Arkansas Awards
Energy Management Contract to
Dynamic Energy Concepts
Judsonia, Ark. -- After a nationwide search for qualified providers, the State of Arkansas awarded a broad-scale energy-management contract to Dynamic Energy Concepts, Inc., a small, women-owned consulting firm.
State officials say the energy-management contract – the first of its kind to be implemented by a state – will propel Arkansas to the forefront in energy management information system design, as well as supply and demand side management, saving money and improving energy efficiency.
"Dynamic Energy Concepts impressed the Selection Committee with their knowledge, experience and commitment to Arkansas’ innovative energy management program," said Bob Laman, Director of State Building Services.
The State of Arkansas began searching for energy-management solutions in anticipation of utility deregulation, emerging energy technologies, and the new challenges brought by power-market competition. The system to be developed by DEC will promote energy conservation and cost-saving strategies through these services:
- Centralizing the utility bill paying system;
- Developing a comprehensive and sophisticated database of utility consumption and load profiling;
- Analyzing the changing commodities markets for gas and electricity;
- Identifying cost estimations for viable energy cost-saving measures for the State’s buildings and facilities;
- Aggregating of utilities to promote conservation and cost savings on the supply side of the utility equation.
"The State of Arkansas is ahead of the game in recognizing the many opportunities emerging in today’s energy markets," said Vickie Tilley-Moore, president of DEC. "We will work with each of the state agencies to develop innovative and customized services that will increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs."
DEC, the primary contractor, is composed of utility experts whose specialized knowledge includes energy aggregation and pricing, negotiation, and influence in markets and database development.
DEC’s contract team also includes two leading utility service providers. Avista Advantage, based in Spokane, Wash., is a national leader in utility bill management and information services, maintaining a unique Web database to provide customers intelligence on their facilities that they can use to track and forecast energy usage and costs at individual sites and system-wide.
"This project sets a precedent not only for Arkansas, but for the nation," said Gerry Crooks, Avista Advantage President and CEO. "The State’s proactive approach to energy management will position them to meet the challenges of today’s tight energy markets and reap added benefits in the future."
The contract team also includes Tinsley-Mullen Engineers, based in Little Rock, Ark. TME has established a superior practice in managing natural gas contracts and services, identifying viable energy cost reduction measures, and analyzing electric and gas wholesale and retail markets.
"We feel honored and excited that Arkansas recognized our team’s strength," said TME President Ed Tinsley. "We’ve built solid reputations by successfully implementing large-scale energy projects such as this."
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