Bright Ski Season Ahead: Montage Mountain Installs Energy Efficient LED Trail Lighting
Lighting upgrades funded as part of electricity supply costs through Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy
SCRANTON, Pa. (Dec. 17, 2013) — Guests at Montage Mountain can look forward to a bright ski season thanks to the installation of 280 light-emitting diode (LED) lighting along the resort’s 26 trails. Montage Mountain is one of the few ski resorts on the East Coast to utilize LED lighting. The energy efficient lighting upgrade required no upfront investment from the resort as part of a 50-month electricity supply contract through Constellation’s Efficiency Made EasySM
By implementing energy efficient lighting, Montage Mountain expects to reduce its annual electricity use by more than 229,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and avoid the creation of 356,203 pounds of carbon dioxide each year -- the equivalent annual emissions from 33 passenger vehicles, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data.
The LED lighting addition is part of the resort’s recent renovation since the property was acquired in May 2013.
“The best way to showcase the property’s return was to make it the most ‘visible’ attraction in the valley -- and at the same time demonstrate our commitment to conserving energy and resources,” said Charles Jefferson, managing partner, Montage Mountain. “Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy helped us to accomplish a large scale lighting project while completing significant upgrades to guest facilities and operations.”
Efficiency Made Easy enables Constellation commercial customers to fund conservation measures as part of their electricity supply bill. The cost of efficiency measures is included in the price per kWh over the term of the electricity supply agreement. In most cases, customers realize a savings on energy costs as a result of reduced energy use.
“Competition for capital funds is a common hurdle for our customers and business partners in implementing even high-value energy upgrades,” said Gary Fromer, senior vice president, energy management programs, for Constellation. “Taking a holistic view of energy procurement and use allows customers to optimize resources and be more strategic about their energy management.”
Commonwealth Energy Group, a Constellation Efficiency Made Easy partner, conducted the energy audit and lighting retrofit for Montage Mountain.
“We are always looking for innovative energy solutions for commercial customers,” said Commonwealth Energy Group CEO Louis Evans. “Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy offers an alternative for customers to implement efficiency measures without committing capital to a large retrofit project.”
Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy is a recipient of the 2013 Platts Global Energy Awards.
The Constellation family of retail electricity and natural gas suppliers (www.constellation.com), are subsidiaries of Exelon Corp., and are leading competitive retail suppliers of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Constellation’s retail businesses serve more than 100,000 business and public sector customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100, and nearly one million residential customers.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).