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AH&LA Now Offers Member Hotels
an Energy Procurement Program 

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Washington, Feb. 17, 2005 - As part of the American Hotel & Lodging Association's (AH&LA) ongoing efforts to bring members added value through cost savings programs, AH&LA has tapped Ernst & Young LLP's (E&Y) Energy Advisory Services Practice to help administer its National Energy Procurement Program. This voluntary program is designed to provide cost-effective energy procurement services exclusively to AH&LA members by obtaining highly competitive energy prices and discounted advisory fees.

The National Energy Procurement Program enables participating members to receive the following benefits:

  • Discounted (preferred) electricity and natural gas pricing not otherwise available on an individual basis. 
  • Deeply discounted procurement service fees. 
  • Cost savings or control opportunities are presented to members before they have to commit to participate. 
  • Advisory assistance from E&Y and the benefit of E&Y's experience in multi-state competitive energy procurements, market assessments, supplier prequalification, and favorable business terms. 
  • Monitoring of energy markets to identify future savings opportunities for members. 
  • Access to web-based information providing specific procurement and market information that aids in preparing budgets and making procurement and energy efficiency decisions. 
"As energy expenses continue to rise, our members have the opportunity to participate in a program that will help save them money year-after-year," said AH&LA President and CEO Joseph A. McInerney, CHA. "This is yet another example of how the association can leverage the power of its membership to benefit all."

E&Y was selected to execute the energy procurement program because of the practice's national presence, breadth of experience, and knowledge of the hospitality industry. E&Y will assist AH&LA to negotiate favorable business terms and pricing for members and will help monitor applicable energy markets for future opportunities to reduce and control energy costs. 

"The timing of this program is terrific. The energy markets have matured significantly since their beginning in the 1990s and we have finally reached a point where suppliers are more capable of handling large multi-state customer aggregations like we are planning with AH&LA," said Daniel Levin, National Energy Procurement Manager of E&Y Energy Advisory Services. "We have worked with AH&LA to help design a program that is simple for the members. It begins with each property completing an "Information Survey", and then when an electric or natural gas procurement opportunity becomes available, the property will receive an assessment of individual market opportunities for energy cost savings and control benefits."

For more information about the National Energy Procurement Program, visit www.AHLA.com/energy/.

AH&LA is a 95-year-old dual membership association of state and city partner lodging associations throughout the United States with some 10,000 property members nationwide, representing more than 1.4 million guest rooms. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., it provides members with advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other services to ensure a positive business climate for the U.S. lodging industry. Individual state associations provide representation at the state level and offer many additional cost-saving benefits.

Contact:
American Hotel & Lodging Association
Enica Lewis
elewis@ahla.com
Also See: Rising Energy Costs Cause Concern in the Lodging Industry / Eric S. Pateman, HVS / March 2001
Reducing Energy Consumption Focus of Choice Hotels Alliance with Chevron Energy Solutions and Tharaldson Energy Group / Oct 2000
PGE Energy Services to Provide Marriott International with Comprehensive Energy Management / July 1999


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