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    City Uses Utility Savings To Upgrade Infrastructure

    The City of El Paso recognized that it needed to address two major issues: escalating utility costs and aging infrastructure. It was also one of the municipalities faced with a Texas state mandate to improve air quality by lowering electricity usage. The City partnered with Johnson Controls, a global leader in energy conservation services, to revitalize the infrastructure in 53 City facilities (2.1 million sq. ft.) and 6,600 traffic signals while lowering energy consumption. Improvements will be implemented at facilities throughout the City, including libraries, recreation centers, pools, senior citizen centers, police stations, museums, city hall, theatres and the convention center.


    • Reduce utility costs.
    • Comply with Texas State Senate Bill 12 requirements to reduce electricity consumption by 5 percent annually from 2007 to 2013.
    • Modernize the infrastructure of the city's largest energy consuming buildings without spending capital dollars.
    Johnson Controls Solutions
    • Perform $14.7 million in infrastructure improvements, including new HVAC equipment, lighting upgrades, building management systems, solar heating systems and traffic signal upgrades
    • Partner with the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) to utilize the Texas LoanSTAR program to validate and assist in financing the project.
    • Utilize the performance contracting financing method, where costs of the project will be offset over time through the energy and operational savings generated by the improvements.
    • Secure approximately $300,000 in available rebate money from El Paso Electric.
    • Projecting $20.3 million reduction in operating costs over the 10-year contract term.
    • Eliminating nearly 11,300 tons of pollutants from the air annually, which equates to removing about 1,950 cars from the road each year.
    • Reducing electric consumption by 30 percent at 53 facilities.
    • Reducing electric consumption by 84 percent for 6,600 traffic signals.
    • Promoting City Renewable Energy Program by installing new solar heating systems at eight (8) indoor pool facilities.
    • Utility bill analysis has identified corrections that will save the City $134,000 per year.

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