The city of Lawrence in the US state of Kansas announced that it will implement a $11.4 million energy efficiency programme to reduce its energy usage and costs.The energy efficiency programme includes 40 clean energy and energy efficiency projects to be implemented in partnership with 360 Energy Engineers.
The projects are a result of the city’s efforts in reducing its carbon footprint as well as ensure Kansas state achieves a stable grid, by signing to the state’s Facilities Conservation Improvement Programme (FCIP).
The FCIP helps government institutions identify measures on how they can reduce their energy usage and bills through multiple measures including the adoption of clean energy and smart grid technologies. Through the FCIP programme, the city of Lawrence identified energy efficiency potentials in 40 of its buildings and facilities.
The city will use the $11.4 million to install LED lights, streetlights and their control systems to save up to $130,000 in energy bills per annum.
In addition to installing LED lights, the city will also upgrade its HVAC systems by installing web-based thermostats. The internet-controlled thermostats will costs $60,000 to install.
Eileen Horn, sustainability coordinator for Lawrence and Douglas County, said: “We hardly ever get the chance to do a wholesale energy-efficiency improvement.
“The savings each year would be the same as taking over 750 cars off the road and planting over 3,000 trees, in terms of an environmental benefit.”
Energy efficiency programme
Meanwhile, US utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP), kickstarted its energy efficiency pilot to help schools and other public institutions reduce their energy use.
Under the TEP Schools Energy Efficiency pilot, the utility will provide funding to help schools install energy efficiency equipment including LED lights.
In a press statement, TEP said it has set aside $1 million for the implementation of the trail project.The funds will be raised through demand-side management charges paid by TEP customers on their monthly bills.
The pilot aims to help schools in TEP's service territory to reduce their energy costs. The utility will use the pilot to reduce its reliance on fossil-fuel powered generation.
The launch of the energy efficiency programme follows its approval by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) in February this year.
Currently, 224 schools have submitted their proposals to participate in the project. [USDA offers up $300m in energy efficiency funding].
The programme is expected to be deployed through to the end of 2017 and falls under TEP’s efforts to meet energy usage reduction targets set under Arizona state’s energy efficiency standard.
The state is aiming to reduce its energy usage by 22% by 2020.