Morgantown Shows the Way To Energy Efficiency
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Morgantown shows the way for reducing energy use and greenhouse gases in West Virginia
In 2007, the City of Morgantown adopted the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 6 percent below 1990 levels. An energy conservation contract signed by the City in 2009 was implemented, and recent data shows that the measures are working and saving taxpayers big bucks in the process. In the year since the efficiency measures were adopted, electricity consumption dropped an average of 17 percent from the prior year.
This effort demonstrates that significant additional energy savings are possible. Next up, more efficient street lights and improved vehicle fuel efficiency for the City fleet. An energy efficient purchasing policy and employee incentives for reducing energy consumption are other “low-hanging fruit” that could save taxpayers many thousands of dollars in energy bills.