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Fulton County Government Recognized For Best Practices In Energy Efficiency and Conservation Practices by U.S. Department of Energy

Fulton County is among the select recipients of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program to be recognized for its best practices.

The U.S. Department of Energy recently highlighted Fulton County’s efforts in a three-minute EECBG Success Story video, and selected Fulton County Government to co-host the first of eight regional Best Practices meetings for EECBG grantees to be held across the U.S. Fulton County’s staff presented project highlights with other EECBG grantees from around the metro Atlanta area and across the Southeast.

In 2008 Fulton County was awarded $814,300 to enhance energy conservation efforts in county buildings and to develop a comprehensive energy plan. Fulton County’s total eligible award allocation is based on its total population minus the population of all cities within the County receiving a direct formula allocation.

A portion of Fulton County’s EECBG projects will provide for the retrofitting of existing County facilities to improve energy and water efficiency. Low-cost operational and maintenance retrofits will include automatic flush valves, occupancy sensors, LED exit signs; more efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, programmable thermostats, motors and time clocks.

With these improvements Fulton County’s estimated energy savings will be 172,000 kWh per year, equivalent to $12,000 annually at average electricity rates. Estimated annualized results include: 1) a reduction in the County's electrical kWh consumption by 15% or 709,645 kh and 2) reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions by 15% or 268,794 pounds.

The EECBG funds will also be used to convert existing haulers at the Merk Miles Solid Waste Facility to high capacity compactors that will improve energy efficiency in operations at that facility. The machinery will compact disposal of municipal solid waste, including kitchen garbage, tires, metals, and yard waste. The County estimates that the improvements will reduce Public Works vehicles emission by 1% and reduce electrical consumption by 2.9 M kwh. Additionally, operating cost for this facility will be reduced by 60%.

Additionally, grant funds has been used to support training for five Fulton County employees to receive Building Operators Certification in energy management. This will improve the County’s energy conservation knowledge base for ongoing, long-term energy savings for the County.

Fulton County has already begun working on both projects and plans to continue implementing creative ways to reduce fossil fuel emissions, reduce total energy use, and improve energy efficiency throughout the county.