Energy Saving on the Streets of Laredo

LAST week the Laredo City Council, Texas, accepted $62,589 in incentive money due to its 2013 participation in the AEP Texas CitySmart Program.

The program has been designed to help Texas municipalities save energy and money by providing no-cost facility improvement recommendations. The program also offers financial incentives based on the total amount of energy the new improvements will save.

Since joining the CitySmart program in 2007, Laredo implemented a number of energy efficiency improvements that have earned the city incentives and will slash its energy costs. In 2013, the city made significant lighting upgrades that mostly account for the 1,788,757 kilowatt-hours of energy annually it will save. According to the US EPA, this is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions of 141,486 gallons of gasoline.

“The AEP Texas CitySmart Program continues to provide vital resources that help make these energy efficiency improvements possible,” said city manager Carlos Villarreal. “We’re proud to make energy efficiency a priority in Laredo and we look forward to future improvements.”

More energy savings are on the horizon for Laredo as the city plans to continue its participation in the CitySmart program.

“We identified a real need for an energy efficiency program that specifically targets city buildings,” said AEP EE/DR Coordinator Monica Craig. “This program is an organized effort to bring needed resources and energy efficiency to Texas.”

Picture by Billy Hathorn (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Monday 27th January 2014

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