July 11, 2012

CT 'Lead by Example' nets $1.5M annual energy savings

HBJ PHOTO/GREG BORDONARO
HBJ PHOTO/GREG BORDONARO
Connecticut's "Lead by Example" program is looking for energy savings at state buildings, including the State Capitol.

Connecticut's "Lead by Example" program spent $8.3 million of bond funding to achieve $1.5 million in annual energy efficiency savings.

The Connecticut General Assembly and Gov. Dannel Malloy set up the program in 2011, ordering the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection to find energy efficiency upgrades in state buildings.

"Lead by Example" received $15 million in bond funding to perform projects in state buildings that saved on energy costs. The program also looks for building operational improvements.

The program has spent $8.3 million of its funding, according to its July 2 report to the legislature. The expenditures include $124,000 for Department of Administrative Services to install high efficiency gas boilers at its Hudson Street site in Hartford; $2.5 million for DEEP to perform energy conservation improvements at its facility in Plainville; and $710,000 for Eastern Connecticut State University to put in an automation system at its Allerton Building.

The 37 projects created with the bond money will achieve $1.5 million in annual energy savings. The average return on investment is 5.5 years.

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