$52,361 awarded to cityPublished 11:24am Monday, February 1, 2010
Dowagiac’s application for a $52,361 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant has been awarded by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, Christopher Bolt, city public services director and engineer, announced Friday.
The $52,361 is the maximum amount for which Dowagiac was eligible based on its 2007 U.S. Census population of 5,786.
Bolt said the project will fund creation of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) that addresses three focus areas:
• Phase I: Municipal building lighting and HVAC/weatherization assessment and improvements. High energy use buildings, such as the public works garage, electric utility warehouse, water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant and parks/grounds maintenance facility will be extensively evaluated for energy conservation measures, including LED/magnetic lighting, insulation, window replacements and geothermal heating.
• Phase II: WWTP energy and process audit. Identify and implement a strategy to: 1. reduce energy use and consumption in the treatment process; and 2. reduce treatment chemical use and consumption in perpetuity.
• Phase III: street and pedestrian lighting improvements. Develop and implement a pilot project using both LED and magnetic induction lighting fixtures for streets and pedestrian walkways throughout highly visible areas of the community, particularly the downtown area.
“The bottom line is that the city will identify numerous ways to substantially – and perpetually – reduce energy use and costs,” Bolt said.