Maysville Mayor David Cartmell was among the featured speakers recently at the Governor’s Local Issues Conference.
The 43rd annual event ended Aug. 16, after three days of workshops led by expert presenters. More than 800 attendees from across the state participated in this year’s conference.
Cartmell was recognized for the energy audit and resulting project that was expected to save the city $25,000 a year in energy costs.
“In reality, it will save the city closer to $100,000 per year,” Cartmell said.
The city and Mason County first began exploring energy saving options in April 2016, when Gregory Copley, program coordinator at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, addressed both concerning energy saving performance contracting, a service which provides local governments with a means to finance facility improvements, addressed delayed maintenance issues and implement energy efficiency.
Both the city and county agreed to the proposal and both underwent energy audits at no cost and received assistance with writing a proposal for an energy services company, or ESCO. That contract was eventually awarded to Ameresco.
This program was part of an on-going effort by the Department for Local Government in cooperation with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet to assist city and county governments to reduce their energy consumption, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as benefiting taxpayers through lower utility costs for local governments.
The city and county also each received a grant of $80,000 for the project. The city has invested a total of $1.15 million into the program, Cartmell said.
Items identified and upgrades suggested during the audit included a move to LED lighting, metered street lighting, roof top unit upgrades at some city owned buildings and programmable thermostats in all city buildings with the exception of city hall.
Work on the project began in July 2017 and was completed by February 2018, Cartmell said.