Demand Management, Energy Efficiency, Utilities  -  March 12, 2019

Missouri city plans large-scale efficiency upgrades

A city in Missouri will begin construction on an energy efficiency and infrastructure modernization project through a new partnership with Schneider Electric.

St. Joseph, Mo., announced plans for an infrastructure project that will combine a creative financing approach with innovative technologies to cut energy spend and strategically use the funding for capital improvement to cover more strategic facility initiatives.

Efficiency upgrades will be conducted to modernize lighting, HVAC systems, plumbing retrofits, among other operational improvements, at 19 sites within the city of St. Joseph, including City Hall.

All city facilities will be connected to a single building automation system to standardize the processes within the city's day-to-day operations. 

St. Joseph expects to save more than $218,585 from energy reduction in the first year of the project's implementation.

"This project puts much needed investment back into our city's underlying infrastructure, Andy Clements, St. Joseph's director of public works, said in a statement. "Working with Schneider Electric gives us the best of the most modern technology, with a way to fund the upgrades without relying on our community. I'm excited to begin the first in what we hope to be many new projects to use our energy and operational savings to work harder for our city."

The city plans to fund these efficiency improvements through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), where energy and operational savings are used to fund the improvements.

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