To address escalating utility costs and aging infrastructure, and improve air quality by lowering electricity usage, the City is revitalizing the infrastructure in City facilities while lowering energy consumption. Improvements implemented at facilities throughout the City include lighting improvements, mechanical improvements, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) control system upgrades, indoor pool solar heating, and traffic signal upgrades. The projections for this work show a reduction in operating costs over the next 10 years.
The City of El Paso chose Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) in August 2007 to develop a Phase I Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) proposal for implementing infrastructure improvements to City facilities and traffic signals. In August 2008, the City entered into a $14.8M ESPC project (Phase I) with JCI to implement infrastructure improvements at 53 facilities and 6,600 traffic signals. Improvements included new solar hot water systems at seven (7) indoor pool facilities. Phase I project was funded by a $5M loan from the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) and a $9.8M municipal lease.
The project has been very successful so far resulting in electric savings of 29% at facilities and 84% for the traffic signals.
Project Cost - $14.8M
Annual Savings - $1.7M
53 Facilities, 6600 Traffic Signals
Created 110 New Jobs
Electric Savings – 45%
Utility Rebates - $427K
For the Phase I project, JCI secured on behalf of the City energy rebates totaling $427,000. In May 2010, the City issued the initial City-wide Energy Operational Savings Program contract to JCI to act as the City’s Energy Services Company (ESCO) for the next five years.
In February 2011, the City entered into a $3.1M ESPC project (Phase II) with JCI to implement facility improvement measures at 44 City facilities utilizing EECBG ARRA funds. Improvements included two (2) new 20 kW Solar PV systems. Construction was completed in February 2012. For the Phase II project, JCI secured on behalf of the City energy & Solar PV rebates totaling $150,000.
In October 2011, the City entered into a $7.8M ESPC project (Phase III) with JCI to implement LED Street Light upgrades. Phase III project will be funded by a $2.8M loan from SECO and a $5M municipal lease. In January 2012, the City entered into a $1.1M ESPC project (Phase IV) with JCI to implement a 160kW Solar PV system at the MSC complex. Phase IV project was funded utilizing a matching grant from SECO (SECO-$900,000 & City-$180,000). Construction was completed in April 2012.
This Phase V project will reduce the total electric consumption at EPIA by 34%. This program will benefit the City of El Paso and the State of Texas by reducing harmful emissions produced by the generation of electricity and the local by-products associated with consumption of fossil fuels. Annual savings for this project totals $568,833, resulting in a guaranteed self-funded project with a simple payback of 8.8 years. Due to the reduced peak kW demand of the previous four ESPC projects, JCI was able to secure utility rebates on behalf of the City totaling over $660,000 from El Paso Electric Company.
Improvements implemented at facilities throughout the City include lighting improvements, mechanical improvements, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) control system upgrades, indoor pool solar heating, and traffic signal upgrades. The projections for this work show a reduction in operating costs over the next 10 years.
General Services Department Receives the Public Works Project of the Year - Environment Award from the Texas American Public Works Association
The City of El Paso recently received the Public Works Project of the Year - Environment Award from the Texas Public Works Association for the City Wide Energy Operational Savings Program. Through a partnership with Johnson Controls, the Program calls for the implementation of infrastructure improvements and energy retrofits to existing facilities, including new heating and cooling equipment, facility management systems, and over 6,600 traffic signal upgrades. Ultimately, these changes are projected to reduce the city’s energy consumption by more than 18.6 million kilowatt hours per year representing cost savings of $20.3 million for 10 years. Beyond significant cost savings for the City, the project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 11,300 tons annually.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) is a not-for-profit, international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge.
The City was also recognized as the 2009 Governmental Organization of the Year by the Texas Clean Air through Energy Efficiency organization.
Visit the Texas Public Works Association web site for additional information on the award.
The original Energy Services Company (ESCO) contract with Johnson Controls, Inc. was approved by Council on May 25, 2010 to act as the City’s ESCO for the next five years. The original award amount totaled $350,000 under Solicitation Number 2010-085R for Advanced Engineering and grant application support.
The First Amendment to the ESCO contract was approved by City Council on January 6, 2011 in the amount of $3,626,770 for facility upgrades including lighting improvements, solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation panels, and HVAC equipment and control upgrades at 44 separate City facilities.
The Second Amendment was approved on October 25, 2011 in the amount of in the amount of $2,824,000 for the conversion of 2,600 streetlights to energy-efficient light-emitting diode standards.
The Third Amendment was approved on October 25, 2011 in the amount of $5 million for the conversion of 4,700 streetlights to energy-efficient light-emitting diode standards.
The Fourth Amendment was approved on January 10, 2012 in the amount of $1,080,000 for the installation of solar PV power generation panels at the Municipal Service Center funded through a stimulus grant received from the State Energy Conservation Office ($900,000 SECO, $180,000 local cash match).
The Fifth Amendment was approved on January 22, 2013 in the amount of $5,649,993 for lighting retrofits and controls, window film, Central Plant and AHU Upgrades, and a Facility Management System at 11 El Paso International Airport facilities.
The Sixth Amendment was approved on January 22, 2013 in the amount of $247,300 to perform annual expanded measurement and verification (M&V) services of all City energy accounts over a three-year term. This Amendment outsourced the City’s Energy Coordinator position.