Demand Management, Energy Efficiency - November 3, 2017
Energy efficiency project to save Texas county $10M
Faced with a growing list of deferred maintenance projects that drove high operational costs, a southern Texas country recently began work on a project that will leverage savings from its energy budget to fund a series of infrastructure and efficiency upgrades.
According to a Nov. 1 news release, Webb County, Texas, aims to improve its aging facilities and achieve significant energy and operation savings through the project with Schneider Electric.
"We are making improvements to our aging facilities with a progressive approach versus having to seek tax funds to address these failing systems," Webb County Judge Tano Tijerina said in a statement. "With savings guaranteed in excess of $10 million over the life of the project, our community will benefit from state-of-the-art improvements without a strain on our operational budget"
Through its partnership with Schneider Electric, the county expects to modernize several of its facilities, reduce its energy consumption by 35%, and provide long-term benefits such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort and financial management, according to the release. The focus of the program is rebuilding and expanding the Webb County's downtown central chiller plant and upgrading building automation systems, both of which are beyond useful life.