BOSTON, Mass. (February 21, 2018) – At Boston University’s Agganis Arena, teamwork doesn’t just happen on the ice. Outside of the rink, the university partnered with Eversource to upgrade its arena lighting to LEDs with occupancy-based controls and dimming functionality, reducing the arena’s annual electricity use by 65 percent.
The improved lighting, engineered and installed by ENGIE Services U.S., makes it easier for coaches to monitor games, referees to make calls and players to keep track of the fast-moving puck. The brighter rink and bleachers also provide a better visual experience for spectators, press and BU’s facilities team.
“The new custom-designed system exceeds NCAA championship lighting specifications needed to broadcast our Hockey East powerhouse teams in a clearer, brighter way,” said BU’s Director of Building Automation Services Elijah Ercolino. “The light levels are much higher than before and require less maintenance. We won’t have to worry about going up on the catwalk to change these lights for up to ten years.”
By connecting them to solutions for savings, Eversource anticipates BU will reduce its electricity use by approximately 885,000 kilowatt-hours annually from the lighting project alone. This is equivalent to 1,050 tons of CO2 avoided or 240 cars off the road for one year – a significant contribution to BU’s Climate Action Plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2040. The University and Eversource continue to partner to reduce energy, and have an HVAC optimization project at the arena slated for the spring.
"We applaud the university in its energy efficiency and sustainability efforts to reach its Climate Action Plan goals, and we’re glad to be a part of that process,” said Eversource Vice President of Energy Efficiency Tilak Subrahmanian. “The comprehensive lighting project at Agganis Arena will accelerate their efforts to meet this milestone all while giving BU staff the flexibility to control the lighting for such a dynamic, multi-use space.”
Agganis Arena Assistant General Manager, Brad Mount, explained how the lighting controls make a difference in his role. “When planning the overall experience for a game or show, I can be out on the floor with event staff and adjust the lights for the specific event. The remote access is a fantastic feature.”
Terrier fans are invited to be a part of the brighter Agganis Arena experience at the last two regular season men’s ice hockey games this Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.
For more information about Eversource’s energy efficiency programs and green building design solutions, visit www.eversource.com or Mass Save’s business industry solutions page.
Photo credit: Dan Quigley.
About Boston University
Founded in 1839, Boston University (http://www.bu.edu) is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.
Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity, natural gas and water to 1.7 million customers throughout Massachusetts. This includes approximately 1.4 million electric customers in 140 communities, 300,000 gas customers in 51 communities, and 19,500 water customers in five communities. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceMA) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceMA). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.
About ENGIE Services U.S.
ENGIE Services U.S. is a national energy company that works with education, government, commercial, industrial, and other organizations. We deliver integrated Energy Effective™ programs that drive positive financial, environmental, and human impact for the communities and businesses we serve.. Over the past 40 years, ENGIE Services U.S. has provided more than $2 billion in energy savings for our customers. For more information, visit https://engieservices.us.