The US General Services Administration (GSA) signed a deal with engineering firm Green Generation Solutions to implement an energy efficiency programme.The GSA is a US government agency which assists with the operation and management of federal governments.
The $1 million contract signed by the two parties aims to help 13 federal facilities in Michigan and Detroit reduce energy usage and costs through implementation of energy conservation and management technologies.
The energy efficiency projects falls under efforts by the US government to help ensure the country achieves a reliable grid network.
Green Generation Solutions will supply and install 1,500 LED lights at the facilities. The firm will also replace existing HVAC systems with energy efficiency models.
[quote] The installation of the new equipment and technologies is expected to reduce energy consumption at the facilities by 68%.
The reduction in energy usage will generate more than $3.9 million in savings to taxpayers over the next 20 years.
In the first year after its implementation, the projects are expected to save $151,000 in energy costs.
The energy efficiency projects fall under the US Department of Energy’s Energy Savings Performance Contract developed under the Federal Energy Management Programme.
Rick Gonder, director of government contracting at Green Generation Solutions, said: “The efficiencies we are bringing to the GSA facilities in Michigan through the ESPC program will benefit not only taxpayers but also the environment.”
Brad Dockser, CEO of Green Generation Solutions, added: "The US government is the largest single user of energy, and we look forward to helping government agencies reduce energy and save taxpayers' money. The GSA Schedule 84 ESPC ENABLE programme is a great way to achieve both and operate in the green."
Federal govs and energy efficiency projects
The news follows an announcement in late June by the Department of Interior and Agriculture (USDA) that it partnered with the Bureau of Reclamation to enhance water and energy conservation.
The two federal departments said they will provide $47 million to help water districts and energy projects in 13 states in the western US, enhance water and energy conservation.
The USDA will invest $15 million whilst the Bureau of Reclamation will provide $32.6 million. Seventy-six projects are set to benefit from the funding.
The partnership falls under the federal government's efforts to reduce the effects of the ongoing drought in the US.
The Bureau of reclamation said it will channel its grants through its WaterSmart Water and Energy efficiency programme. [US federal gov lagging in IoT adoption – report].
Estevan Lopez, Reclamation Commissioner, said: “Water and energy efficiency are intricately linked.
“When we conserve water, we also conserve the energy it takes to move it. One way we can achieve these efficiencies is to bring federal resources to the table for local projects that focus on saving water,” reiterated Lopez.
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