Founded in 1867, Howard University is one of the oldest and most prominent Historically Black Universities in the nation. Its current student population is over 10,000 and has graduated influential figures like Thurgood Marshall, Senator Kamala Harris, Roberta Fleck, Ta-Nahisi Coates, Chadwick Boseman, and P. Diddy.
Managing Partner, Julian Belilty, has played a key role in managing Howard University’s electric and natural gas procurement efforts since 2015. In late 2017, Honeydew used its deep relationships with third party suppliers to negotiate a natural gas rate 15% below the competitive Washington Gas’s Standard Offer Service. Given that Howard University operates a cogeneration facility on campus, its natural gas usage is very significant. As such, that 15% reduction translates to over $280,000 per year; enough to pay tuition for ten students.
The District of Columbia’s DOEE requires all buildings over 50,000 square feet report their utility data consumption on a monthly basis. While complying with this law can be very costly for a large organization like Howard, failure to comply is even costlier. As a part of this engagement, Honeydew also provided complimentary utility benchmarking services for their entire campus. Using an automated platform, Howard now has a real time dashboard for measuring the cost and efficiency for its largest buildings, reducing its compliance workload significant
From Howard University’s Director of Capital Planning and Sustainability, Alfonzye Chisholm Jr. AIA, LEED AP: “The procurement of energy is one of the top priority tasks we lead at the University. Our focus is always on green energy sources whenever possible. However, we still need to procure traditional long-term energy contracts for electricity, gas, and water at the most affordable rate possible. We are a small office with no staff that has the time and expertise needed to help identify and negotiate energy contracts in this volatile and ever-changing environment.To fill this gap, we have worked with Julian as a consultant for over four years. He has been personally involved in our energy decision making process that led to the current energy contracts that we have in place. He has proven to be knowledgeable and more importantly dedicated to making sure that we get the best contract terms available. He has also helped with other initiatives like solar thermal hot water energy and energy benchmarking. He is an important part of the energy and sustainability team here at Howard University.”
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