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Can county be more energy efficient?

Talk focuses on reducing utility costs

February 16, 2011
By Dionna Harris

ESCANABA - The Delta County Board of Commissioners has learned how county-owned buildings can become more energy efficient.

During Tuesday's board meeting, Dick Williams, of Honeywell International, presented a PowerPoint presentation explaining how the county could reduce its utility costs by entering into a guaranteed savings program. The commissioners referred a proposal for the county to enter into a contract with Honeywell to the building and grounds committee for review.

It is anticipated once the committee reviews the information, it will present a recommendation to the full county board.

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Members of the Delta County Board of Commissioners listen to a presentation by Dick Williams of Hone

The project includes: lighting upgrades in all county-owned buildings; water conservation, replacement of the roof, windows and doors at the Delta County Jail; installation of a boiler system in the courthouse, jail and airport; and the potential for burning biomass and replacement of the furnace at the animal shelter.

Other areas include temperature control upgrades.

Total cost is estimated at $2.7 million, with an estimated savings of $5.23 million over a period of 15 years.

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Members of the Delta County Board of Commissioners listen to a presentation by Dick Williams of Honeywell International, Wixom, Mich., Tuesday. Williams explained how the county could become more energy efficient. (Daily Press photo by Dionna Harris)

"The benefits of the project, should the county decide to approve a letter of intent to enter into an agreement, would be improved safety and comfort within the buildings," said Williams.

He said the project could allow the county to take a more proactive management of its assets, while making the county buildings more energy efficient.

Should the county decide to approve a letter of intent for the project and later choose to terminate for any reason, the county would be liable for up to $25,000, Williams noted.

The $25,000 penalty for termination would reimburse Honeywell for any costs incurred, according to Williams.

One question that arose following the presentation, is whether the community has the expertise to support the technology?

"I believe the community has the expertise, but right now it's bad timing due to the economy," said Steve Carlson, Delta County maintenance director.



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