NEEP Recognizes Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) as 2016 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency

RIAC lauded for commitment to leadership in energy efficiency

Warwick, RI  May 24, 2016– Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has chosen the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) as a 2016 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency for its efforts to foster the economy and protect the environment via its commitment to energy efficiency. The six organizations named as this year’s Business Leaders, including RIAC, will be recognized at NEEP Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire June 13-14, 2016.

Nominated by National Grid, the company is being honored for its continued efforts to advance energy efficiency in its operations, which has resulted in annual energy savings of over 10 million kWh annually, and cost savings of $9 Million Dollars. In 2010 RIAC entered an Energy Saving Performance Contract (ESPC) with a budget of $5 Million and a 12 year guaranteed return on investment. The NGRID Electric and Gas utility rebates for this project were about $428,001 and $161,798 respectively. The LED Lighting project started in 2015 cost about $4 Million Dollars, resulting in $2.3 million in incentives paid for by National Grid and the energy savings over a 3 year period provided for a positive cash flow from day one.

The Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency recognition program highlights the accomplishments of organizations that are participating in energy efficiency programs across the region. RIAC was selected for recognition based on its success to:

  • Achieve multi-year results of energy savings through investment in cost efficient measures;
  • Address comprehensive changes in major energy systems such as lighting, HVAC, building envelope, office equipment and industrial processes, with a focus on strategic energy management;
  • Continue improvements in energy performance through corporate efficiency and sustainability plans;
  • Demonstrate leadership to advance energy efficiency within industry, the community, and with policy makers; and
  • Collaborate with ratepayer-funded and state energy efficiency programs.

The 2010 ESPC consisted of 11 Energy Conservation Measures like, Lighting, Exhaust Controls, Central Plant Efficiency Improvements, Energy Management Systems (EMS) Upgrade, Air Economizer and Demand Control Ventilation, Liebert Control Improvements, Solar Domestic Hot Water, Loading Dock Air Infiltration Improvements and Electric Demand Control Programming.

T.F. Green’s most recent LED lighting project consisted of replacing existing interior and exterior standard lighting at the terminal, interlink, parking garages, parking lots, perimeter roadways, and other buildings encompassing the airport. Lighting levels for passengers have been maintained, and in most cases, even improved. In the terminal’s main lobby and baggage claims areas, new dimmable LED lighting, reduced to 60-80% of full light output, still produces a much brighter and appealing space for public use. Passengers have also noticed brighter lighting at terminal gate areas, thanks to new LED ceiling lights.

“NEEP is proud to recognize the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) for its success and commitment to energy efficiency,” said Sue Coakley, Executive Director of NEEP. “RIAC provides an excellent example of how energy efficient measures can improve a company’s bottom line, contribute to economic growth and reduce environmental impact.”

Jose D. DaSilva, Assistant Vice President of Landside Maintenance, will be recognized, along with five other Northeast Energy Efficiency Business Leaders the NEEP Summit at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire June 13-14, 2016.

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation was former on December 9, 1992 as a semi autonomous subsidiary of the then Rhode Island Port Authority, now the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, to operate and maintain the state’s airport system, including T. F. Green Airport, and five general aviation airports:  Block Island, Newport, North Central, Quonset and Westerly . 


NEEP was founded in 1996 as a non-profit whose mission is to bring together regional stakeholders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic with expertise, leveraged resources, and best practices to accelerate energy efficiency in homes, buildings, and industry in order to keep the region a national efficiency leader. For more information, visit  

Contacts: Lisa Cascio

Public Relations Manager

781-860-9177 Ext. 137

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Patti Goldstein

Senior Vice President Marketing and Communication

Rhode Island Airport Corporation


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