For more than a decade, a top priority in the Public Works Department has been to cut energy costs in order to protect our environment and preserve natural resources. To date, these energy saving measures have generated a cost savings of over $1.7 million dollars a year and 12 million kw. That’s equivalent to powering over 1,100 homes or reducing 3,500 tons of GHG emissions.
In May 2009, the city submitted applications for American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA), specifically, an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. As a result, the city has obtained approximately $1.5 million in Federal Stimulus funding, block grants, and low interest loans to implement a variety of energy efficiency conservation programs. Once completed, the projects will save an additional $128,000-$228,000 per year.
In this video, City of Ventura Public Works Director Rick Raives, introduces the video. Several City executives, Ray Olson (Manager, Environmental Sustainability Division), Mary Joyce Ivers (Fleet and Facilities Manager), Joe Yahner (Environmental Sustainability Supervisor) and Joe Buccino (Traffic Operations Supervisor), talk about the city’s renewable energy milestones, as well as current and upcoming energy projects in the works.
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