EDF subsidiary touts energy savings and emissions reduction milestone


Dalkia, a recently launched US subsidiary of the EDF Group, projects energy efficiency retrofits the firm has made for Great Wolf Lodge will result in $1.3 million in annual energy savings

Dalkia says energy efficiency retrofits made for Great Wolf Lodge at its waterpark resort in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and at nine other resorts will help the lodge reduce its carbon footprint by 10% in just one year.

The projects included the development of an end-to-end building energy plan, implementation and support for a range of energy improvements.

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The plan included building energy software, LED lighting improvements, water conservation devices, HVAC upgrades and on-site electricity generation with a combined heat and power unit.

The retrofits are reducing electricity, natural gas and water bills and have to date saved 11,211,938 kWh of electricity, enough to power 1,000 US the whole year.

 “Dalkia helped us take our decade-long commitment to sustainability and conservation to the next level,” said Bob Holesko, Corporate Director of Engineering at Great Wolf Lodge. “Based on extremely positive results from their work across ten of our locations, we look forward to investing in additional energy-saving and carbon-cutting measures with Dalkia in the near future at our other lodges.”

Energy expenses accumulate almost 10% of revenues at a single property, according to Great Wolf Lodge.

Great Wolf Lodge started implementing its sustainability plan 10 years ago under the Project Green Wolf programme.

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The programme has resulted in the lodge being the first US hospitality chain to earn Green Seal certification for all of its properties.

Jon Guerster, the CEO of Dalkia Energy Solutions, said: “As energy costs rise for hospitality businesses and guests increasingly want to see how hotels and resorts are addressing the climate crisis, Dalkia can bring all of our resources and expertise to bear to address both of those needs while maintaining guest comfort and satisfaction.”