Video: Mark Wagner of Johnson Controls Speaks About Energy Efficiency to Clean Economy Roundtable

Recently, we held a roundtable discussion at Tigercomm headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia with former Virginia Governor (now Senator-elect) Tim Kaine, as well as 10 clean economy business leaders from the mid-Atlantic region. One of those leaders was Mark Wagner of Johnson Controls. Here’s a brief description, from the Alliance to Save Energy website, of Mark Wagner and the work he does in building the clean economy.

Mark Wagner is Vice President of Government Relations for Johnson Controls, Inc., a Fortune 100 company and a global leader in energy efficiency for buildings, building automation systems, advanced automotive batteries and automotive interiors. Mark’s areas of expertise include energy policy, federal sites that showcase energy efficiency, renewable energy and electronic security systems, as well as advanced battery technology for hybrid electric vehicles.

During his 14 years with Johnson Controls, Mark has been instrumental in developing programs with the federal government, including Energy Savings Performance Contracting and other public-private partnerships…

In the Tigercomm forum, Wagner spoke about the “unique contracting mechanism called performance contracting,” in which “we’ll upgrade the facility at no up-front cost to the customer, and then we get paid back by the savings [on utility bills] that we guarantee…” One prominent example of this model is the energy efficiency retrofit on the Empire State Building, which “will reduce the Empire State Building’s energy use by a remarkable 38% per year, placing it in the top 25% of all U.S. office buildings in terms of energy efficiency.” According to Wagner, this is “a real win-win success story.”

In addition to impressive achievements in the building energy efficiency arena, Wagner noted that Johnson Controls makes advanced batteries, in which the car’s engine shuts off when the vehicle comes to an idle, saving 5%-12% in fuel. Given that motor vehicles in the U.S. consume about 8.5 million barrels per day of oil, that’s potentially a great deal of savings in the transportation sector, on top of the savings being achieved by Johnson Controls in the commercial buildings sector. As Wagner summarized, “If it’s energy efficiency, we’re in it.”