Municipal Facilities Energy Conservation Project -COMPLETED
The City of Bellingham finished 47
energy improvement projects to save money and energy. The improvements are estimated to reduce energy use by more than
20% across 22 City facilities.
Because of the high energy savings anticipated and the City's track record
of fiscal management, the project is funded by federally-subsidized
Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
The Climate Protection Program sets a
City goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its municipal
operations. In 2007, the Bellingham City Council committed to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by 64% in 2012 and 70% in 2020, compared with
the 2000 baseline year emissions. The package of upgrades is expected to
reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 1000 metric tons annually, representing a
15% reduction from the baseline.
- Support the Community Energy Challenge
By establishing and following through on an energy savings plan, the
City set a positive example for the Community
Energy Challenge, a community initiative encouraging both businesses
and households to conserve energy. This City was among a number of
co-sponsors for the Challenge, which was coordinated by the Sustainable
Connections and the Opportunity Council.
- Capture energy and operational savings
In selecting projects, the City aimed for a package that would provide
capture cost-effective savings, and replace equipment that is at or
beyond its useful life. These replacements help the City avoid costly
emergency repairs and ensure equipment is high efficiency.
- Improve control of buildings
Installation of new building management systems gave facility staff
better capabilities to monitor energy and control buildings. For
example, when public buildings are scheduled for evening or weekend
events, staff remotely adjust temperature
without physically visiting the site. These systems provide
trending data to help keep track of energy use.
- Lighting retrofits
- HVAC equipment replacement, boilers and rooftop units
- Web based direct digital HVAC control systems
- Comprehensive HVAC and building controls replacement at the
Hanna Aquatic Center created significant energy savings and improve
indoor air quality
- Testing of equipment to ensure it operates efficiently
- Johnson Controls: $6.15 million
- Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds were approved by Bellingham City
- Utility savings and incentives provided by Puget Sound Energy and
Cascade natural Gas
- Capital replacement funds budgeted to
repay the bonds
- State of Washington Department of General Administration
- Johnson Controls
- Blythe Plumbing and Heating
- Dahl Electric
- PSF Mechanical
For further information, please call Myron Carlson, Facilities Manager at the Bellingham Public Works Department.