Grant: $813,900 - Oak Ridge Office - Sep. 8, 2009
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Award Description: Ramsey County will use EECBG funds for the purposes of reducing the total energy use by the County, improving energy efficiency in County buildings and reducing the emissions related to fossil fuel consumption. Projects include: (1) Retrofit Existing Buildings: Implement energy efficiency and conservation retrofits that have been identified in County-owned buildings as a result of an existing partnership between the Metropolitan Energy Policy Coalition member counties, Xcel Energy’s Conservation Improvement Program, and the Center for Energy and Environment. Outcomes include: Increased energy efficiency as measured by kilowatt-hours and CO2 emissions reduced, saved and measured; leveraged funds from Xcel Energy’s Conservation Improvement Program. Milestones include: Commence retrofits (Upon receipt of EECBG funding); Complete energy retrofits (Within six months of receipt of funds). (2) Building Recommissioning: Use a consultant to perform a recommissioning study on County buildings that will recommend actions to result in high energy savings and be good candidates for future funding in order to identify detailed opportunities. Outcomes include: Identification of significant opportunities for operational improvements and improved coordination of energy efficiency and conservation practices with an overall energy management plan and energy policies. Milestones include: Engage consultant (Upon receipt of EECBG funds); Completed recommissioning study (Six months after receipt of funds). (3) Energy Management: Design an energy conservation program for County-owned IT equipment including evaluation and activation of software for the management of the energy consumption of desktop computers and servers and staff education. Outcomes include: Increased energy savings as measured by kilowatt hours of energy used and CO2 emissions reduced, and staff awareness of energy conservation practices at work that are transferrable to home. Milestones include: Retain consultant or develop in-house expertise in energy management technology (Upon receipt of EECBG funding); Develop specifications for technology, commence procurement (Three months following receipt of EECBG funding); Commence activation of software and training of staff (six months following receipt of EECBG funding). (4) Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: EECBG funds will be used to provide 20 local charging stations for electric vehicles. Outcomes include: Decreased use of fossil fuel and increased public awareness through a public-private vehicle partnership. Milestones include: Install 20 charging stations (Within 12 months following receipt of EECBG funding); Monitor use of charging stations by County vehicles and general public (Upon completion of installation of the charging stations). (5) Comprehensive Energy Plan and Energy/Sustainability Coordinator: Hire an energy/sustainability coordinator to manage the development of the comprehensive energy plan for the County’s operations, and manage the projects associated with the EECBG and County’s sustainability initiatives. Outside consultation may be needed in preparing the plan, to provide expertise on certain technical matters. Outcome: Development of a comprehensive energy plan, improved internal coordination of energy projects and policies, and improved tracking of energy improvements, energy and cost savings, and greenhouse gas emissions. Milestone include: Hire Energy/Sustainability Coordinator (Upon receipt of funds); Commence development of energy plan (Upon hiring of coordinator); plan completed (within 9 months of hiring of coordinator).
Project Description: Collaborated with County Attorney’s office on incorporating the reporting and purchasing requirements of the program into existing Master Contracts as well as incorporating them on new contracts. Begun discussions with City/County Purchasing regarding the use a slate of Energy Audit engineers who were selected by a State of MN- run selection process this past summer. The use of this list will either be automatic or by action of our County Board. This should save use the months required to run our own selection process. Answering questions for Budgeting and Accounting so that they can derive the proper procedure to issue Purchase Orders for the multiple expenses under the EECBG grant funding. No work can begin without this PO process in place. It is hoped that Public Health will issue all POs and associated payments under this program; Property Management will review the billing and recommend payment before forwarding to Public Health. Working with the local utility company on reduced cost audits that may help us quickly scope the extent of the larger audits.
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Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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