Marking the City’s third consecutive year to receive this distinction, the four buildings to receive the ENERGY STAR certification are Montgomery Fire/Rescue Headquarters, City Hall, City Hall Annex at 25 Washington Avenue and the Montgomery Municipal Justice Center. Montgomery’s continued recognition reflects a legacy of continued energy savings and environmental stewardship.
“Building a smart and sustainable city is essential to becoming a leader in this decade and beyond as resiliency and quality of life are key ingredients for future growth and economic development opportunities,” Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed said. “Thanks to partnerships with companies like Cenergistic and Alabama Power, we are expanding our capacity to analyze data and drive efficiency, allowing us to preserve resources and do our part to protect the environment.”
ENERGY STAR certified buildings are verified to perform in the top 35 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation and other metrics ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance. On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and are less expensive to operate than their peers—all without sacrifices in performance or comfort.
The City of Montgomery partnered with the Cenergistic, an energy optimization company beginning in March 2016 to reduce energy consumption at City-owned facilities. With approximately 100 participating City facilities, Cenergistic’s program has resulted in more than $2.9 million saved over three and a half years. Twelve City facilities are realizing a reduction of 35 percent or more in the last year. The total reduced consumption is equivalent to taking 1,644 cars off the road for a year or planting 202,294 new tree seedlings.
In addition to working with Cenergistic, the City of Montgomery continues its partnership with Alabama Power Company to transition the city’s streetlights from mercury vapor, metal halide and high pressure sodium bulbs into new energy-efficient LED lights at no cost to the City. City officials anticipate realizing a savings of $600,000 over the next five years.
LED bulbs burn brighter and illuminate a larger area, resulting in fewer dark spots on the road for safer driving and neighborhoods. Additionally, 95 percent of the energy used by an LED bulb goes to emitting light and the bulbs help decrease light pollution by reducing light spill and glare. The project encompasses the entire city and should be completed by March. Visit http://citymgm.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=f81a2ad43a774ffcb799e73a33537b56 to track its progress.
For more information on the City of Montgomery’s Smart City efforts, visit http://data.montgomeryal.gov.
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