City of Grand Junction receives Xcel award for energy saving efforts

The City of Grand Junction has earned recognition for its investments in energy saving measures in 2010.

Xcel Energy presented an award to the city during a recent meeting of the Grand Junction City Council.

“We are pleased to be recognized by Xcel for our energy saving efforts,” said Terry Franklin, deputy director of the city utilities, streets and facilities department. “We are continuing to move toward energy efficiency in all our buildings and operations and have recently completed a

10-month employee training program to help us accomplish our goal of a 20 percent reduction in energy use by 2012.”

The city achieved the most energy savings in Colorado under an Xcel natural gas rebate program for a project at the Persigo wastewater treatment plant. Nine heating systems at the plant were upgraded with more efficient gas-fired air handling units and a computer control system. The new systems save 65,000 therms of natural gas a year and resulted in a rebate from Xcel of $45,583.

In addition, the city completed the installation of $2 million in energy efficiency upgrades throughout 18 buildings and parks facilities in 2010.

These energy efficiency projects have saved the equivalent of what 100 homes consume in natural gas and electricity each year. The solar projects generated the equivalent of what 25 homes consume in electricity each year.

In addition to the award, Xcel presented the city with a ceremonial check for $429,963, the total of all energy rebates given to the city for 2010. That total included $180,715 for energy efficiency projects and $249,248 for solar energy rebates.