Town looks for en­ergy base­line for fu­ture ef­fi­ciency steps

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

The town will au­dit the elec­tric­ity and fuel now be­ing used in mu­nic­i­pal build­ings, with an eye to be­ing able to as­sess en­er­gysav­ing ef­fi­cien­cies to come.

At a Town Board meet­ing last week, Coun­cil­woman Jen­nifer Met­zger said the study is part of town par­tic­i­pa­tion in the state En­ergy Re­search and Devel­op­ment Author­ity Clean En­er­gies Pro­gram. “It is essen­tially track­ing the en­ergy per­for­mance of the town’s build­ings ... that are over 1,000 square feet,” she said.

Build­ings to be re­viewed are the former Rosendale El­e­men­tary School — now used for town of­fices as the Ron­d­out Mu­nic­i­pal Cen­ter — the Rosendale Recre­ation Cen­ter, the town high­way garage and the town High­way Depart­ment of­fices. “It’s pretty straight­for­ward,” Met­zger said. “There’s al­ready a bench­mark­ing ... com­puter pro­gram.

The depart­ment heads that are re­spon­si­ble for the build­ings, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with our town clerk, who have ac­cess to all the util­ity bills, will be co­op­er­at­ing in putting these an­nual re­ports to­gether.”

State of­fi­cials have es­tab­lished 10 types of pro­grams and stud­ies that mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties can un­der­take to qual­ify for grants. In­cluded are:

• An­nual re­ports on en­ergy use in the build­ing.

• Up­grade fa­cil­i­ties to achieve a 10 per­cent re­duc­tion in green­house gas emis­sions.

• Con­vert to LED street lights.

• In­stall elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tions or up­date mu­nic­i­pal ve­hi­cles that use al­ter­na­tive fu­els.

• Ini­ti­ate a local cam­paign to in­crease the use of rooftop so­lar ar­rays.

• Adopt a local pol­icy that makes it eas­ier for prop­erty own­ers to in­stall so­lar equip­ment.

• Be­come cer­ti­fied as a Cli­mate Smart Com­mu­ni­ties mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

• Par­tic­i­pate in a com­mu­nity choice ag­gre­ga­tion pro­gram that al­lows local se­lec­tion of the type of elec­tric­ity that is pur­chased by prop­erty own­ers.

• Of­fer en­ergy up­grade fi­nanc­ing to busi­nesses and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Rosendale has al­ready up­dated its plan­ning reg­u­la­tions to sim­plify so­lar equip­ment ap­pli­ca­tions and ap­proved train­ing for the Build­ing Depart­ment to be cer­ti­fied un­der the Cli­mate Smart pro­gram.

Board members said that a re­view of elec­tric charg­ing sta­tions would be re­viewed next month.

“We have to take part in at least four high-im­pact ac­tions to be in the run­ning for this fund­ing,” Met­zger said.

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