energy
Target 1: Lower City Government Energy Consumption by 30 percent
In fiscal year 2008, the City government consumed 3.64 trillion Btus of energy at a total cost of $82.5 million. Greenworks Philadelphia’s target is to reduce consumption by 30 percent from this level by 2015. Doing so will save the City an estimated $36.3 million in 2015. Retrofitting municipal buildings, creating target energy budgets for City departments and developing energy conservation education for City employees will help the City reach this target. Additional programs will get it the rest of the way.
Energy Efficient Capital Investments
The City is contracting with an Energy Service Company (ESCO) to implement energy conservation measures that pay for themselves through cost savings. ESCOs allow the City to save energy without spending scarce City capital dollars. In January 2009, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, working closely with the Department of Public Property began an ESCO process for City Hall and the Center City buildings commonly known as the Triplex: the Municipal Service Building, the Criminal Justice Center, and One Parkway. ICF International estimates that this work will decrease the City’s total electric demand by 23,626 Megawatt hours and gas and steam consumption by 89.5 billion Btus. Work will begin later this year. Greenworks Philadelphia calls for 50 additional City buildings to be retrofitted by 2015.
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Implement Target Energy Budgets
Currently City departments do not pay for the energy they use from their own budgets. While the 40 biggest facilities account for 60 percent of energy use, conservation must take place at all facilities in order to achieve Greenworks Philadelphia’s ambitious goals. To provide an incentive, beginning in July 2009, each City department will become accountable for its energy costs. Using the federal ENERGY STAR program, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will set energy targets that reduce consumption by 10 percent in Fiscal Year 2010 for every department and work with employees and building managers to meet their respective goals. If a department reduces demand by more than the target, the additional monetary savings will be granted back to the program budget in the next fiscal year. ICF International estimates that this program will decrease demand by 44 billion Btus its first year and more than 80 billion Btus in successive years.
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City Employee Car Management Plan
While the City fleet has already been reduced over the past five years, it will decrease by an additional 500 passenger vehicles before the end of this fiscal year (June 30, 2009), saving $3 million. To achieve the reduction, the Office of Fleet Management will minimize “take-home privileges” in cases where city managers are using a vehicle primarily to commute and only incidentally for field inspections and meetings. In addition, the City will set higher fuel efficiency standards for its fleet and encourage the purchase of hybrid vehicles. In the coming years, the Office of Fleet Management will create fuel budgets for each department to increase awareness of fuel use, with the goal of cutting that usage by 10 percent annually.
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