The state of Pennsylvania has been on the forefront of energy efficiency legislation since the original Guaranteed Energy Savings act was passed in 1998 (Act 57) by the state legislature. The law has been modified twice, with the latest revision occurring in 2010 (Act 39 of 2010). The law allows municipal and local governments, schools, and other agencies receiving state funding to enter into guaranteed energy savings (GESA) contracts without the traditional formal bid process.
The process allows multiple Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) to analyze the facility and present proposals detailing estimated savings, payback, and recommended energy conservation measures. Based on the proposals the facility owner selects one of the ESCOs to proceed with an in-depth audit of the facility. If the in-depth audit upholds the initial findings, then the facility owner has the option of entering into a GESA contract with the ESCO to perform the work.
The GESA law affords local and county governments, schools, and other public agencies with a streamlined vehicle to upgrade their infrastructure and increase their energy efficiency using funds that would have been budgeted to energy consumption.