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City of Abilene rewarded for energy efficiency

City of Abilene rewarded for energy efficiency

By Callie Harris - Communications & Media Relations Mgr- City of Abilene

 

 

 

ABILENE, Texas – City of Abilene will celebrate a successful year of energy efficiency improvements at a check presentation held at this week’s City Council meeting Thursday, March 28. The City Council and will accept a check for the $14,362.50 in incentives it earned in 2012 through its participation in the AEP Texas CitySmart Program. The City of Abilene’s efforts will now save more than $194,000 in energy costs annually. The CitySmart Program provides no-cost facility improvement recommendations and financial incentives based on the total amount of energy new equipment will save. Since joining the program in 2007, these projects have saved the city of Abilene approximately 1,942,500 kilowatt-hours of energy. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 153,647 gallons of gasoline, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations. {{more}} “The AEP Texas CitySmart Program continues to provide vital resources to help make these energy efficiency improvements possible,” said Division Manager for Facilities Maintenance Services Lowell Phillips. “We’re proud to make energy efficiency a priority in Abilene and look forward to future improvements.” In addition to financial incentives, the program provided no-cost technical assistance to ensure the City selected the appropriate high efficiency equipment. As part of its participation in the program, the City of Abilene staff will continue to evaluate additional efficiency opportunities. “We identified a real need for an energy efficiency program that specifically targets city buildings,” said AEP EE/DM Coordinator Gary Throckmorton. “This program is an organized effort to bring needed resources and energy efficiency to Texas.”