Achieving Energy Efficiency in City Buildings
Since 2000, FAM has completed more than $2 million worth of energy efficiency improvements for city facilities.These improvements have included replacing old heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units with newer, more efficient units, adding insulation, and replacing windows. FAM is actively pursuing methods to reduce energy costs for all city departments.
The city also purchases renewable power, including both solar and wind, which makes up 3 percent of the city's total electrical load.
In June 2009, the City of Boulder partnered with the Colorado Energy Office on an Energy Performance Contract (EPC), which has enabled the city to make significant energy efficiency upgrades to 66 city facilities.
The EPC allowed the City of Boulder to enter into a 2009 lease purchase agreement with McKinstry to implement efficiency upgrades that will be paid off over time using the guaranteed savings from reduced energy and water bills. The upgrades do not cost Boulder taxpayers any additional money and the community will benefit from reduced operations and maintenance costs.
The city's strategic investments in energy efficiency, renewable technologies and water-saving devices will be offset by decreased utility bills and maintenance costs.
The EPC project is a prime example of city programs that are both environmentally and fiscally responsible.
The Energy Performance Contract (EPC) is a three-phase project.
Work began in 2012 and will be completed in 2013.
New to the EPC will be the inclusion of tenants' improvements to The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Dushanbe Teahouse , Boulder Municipal Airport hangars and other facilities.
On Dec. 6, 2011, City Council approved the lease-purchase financing for Phase III. Construction began in 2012 and features the roll-out of an educational and outreach campaign, which will include a public website (dashboard) that displays the city's progress on energy-use reductions in its operations.
Work was completed in 2011 and included:
Work was completed in 2010 and included:
Phase I Improvements
Phase II Improvements
Other, Less Visible Improvements
As part of the EPC, more than one megawatt of solar power is generating renewable energy and reducing operation costs at City of Boulder facilities. Learn more about the solar power systems funded by the EPC.
With the EPC, energy improvements are completed in city facilities and paid for over time with guaranteed savings from electricity, gas and water bills. Once the city pays off the lease agreement, it will continue to save money on its annual energy bills and maintenance costs.
By leveraging rebates and grants associated with the planned upgrades, the city will be receiving more than $11 million worth of upgrades at a cost of $7.8 million. The $7.8 million is paid for over 13 to 15 years with the money that would have gone to pay utility bills if the upgrades had not been made.
Essentially, the city is not spending additional taxpayer money on this project.
Phase I and II Financing
In total, more than $11 million in work (Phases I and II) will be paid for with $2.3 million in rebates and grants, with about 21 percent of the cost using leveraged funds.
Phase I's total cost to the city was paid for using:
Phase II's total cost to the city was paid for using:
With the adoption of the Climate Action Plan, it is important that the city leads by example and does its part to reduce the community's energy consumption and GHG emissions. The EPC included energy-efficient indoor and outdoor lighting, occupancy sensors that control lighting, and HVAC system upgrades. The new HVAC and lighting systems use less energy and are designed to last longer.
City-controlled Sources of Emissions
Employee Awareness and Engagement - powerED Program
The powerED program is an employee behavior change campaign intended to reduce energy consumption in city facilities by at least 10 percent. The program will begin in 2013, and its main focus points are:
• People: engage occupants and increase awareness;
For more information about the powerED program, visit powered.mckinstry.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 11:32