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State Energy Office helps DOT with airport upgrades

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:40 a.m. HST, Dec 19, 2013

The State Energy Office will provide technical assistance to the Department of Transportation for a recently announced energy efficiency program at state airports that is expected to save $518 million in energy costs over 20 years, the state announced Wednesday.

Improvements to be made at the state's 12 airports include the replacement of transformers, light fixtures and chilled water and air conditioning systems, according to a news release from the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The upgrades include the addition of solar photovoltaic panels, installation of smart controls, and deferred maintenance.

The state is paying for the program using a financing mechanism approved by the Legislature known as energy savings performance contracting.

In a energy savings performance contract a private energy service company identifies and evaluates energy-saving opportunities and then recommends a package of improvements to be paid for through savings. The company guarantees that savings meet or exceed annual payments to cover all project costs. If savings don't materialize contractor pays the difference.

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holumuahawaii wrote:
This is a huge, positive, story. There were over fifty cheering people, including architects, engineers, environmentalists at the press conference. The savings are not $25 million a year, although being able to save $25 million a year is a very good thing! The actual guaranteed savings in energy costs are over $50 million a year for twenty years.
on December 18,2013 | 03:32PM
harley1 wrote:
this is just more money (our money) leaving the state with the big contract to Johnson controls. So there were no local firms that could've reaped some of this financial windfall. Just like oil, its still money leaving the state, perhaps not just as much as fast, but you can bet those in charge will find a way to squander whatever savings are realized on some other folly. That is one thing that they are good at.
on December 18,2013 | 06:52PM
holumuahawaii wrote:
Johnson Controls has 150 employees on three islands. All that money stays here. This project will give jobs to at least 500 more. That money stays here. There are at least a dozen local companies that will be employed as sub-contractors and the money that they and their employees make will all stay here. What part of economic development do you not understand? When we local folks get hundreds of jobs that last for years, that is what most of us understand as a good thing.
on December 18,2013 | 07:34PM
awahana wrote:
Harley, maybe your helmet on too tight? Riding a gas guzzling motorbike, yet commenting on Energy Efficiency? W-T-H.
Don't comment on things you obviously know nothing about.
JCI has the contract for EE for our UH Community Colleges for years now. HVAC. Lighting. Lighting controls. Occupancy sensors. They put on free training workshops for the students and faculty every year. They fly people over. This educational component was included in their bid for the UHCC contracts, and was a factor in their winning the bid process. They give back. They do good work. No local company has the same level of competence or aloha.
When you speak out of turn, and say the opposite of reality, it just makes you look bad. A online blowhard.
on December 19,2013 | 05:04AM
Anonymous wrote:
...and created more State jobs to keep Ambercrombie voters employed How much of the savings go to pay salaries and wages of these new employees?
on December 19,2013 | 06:47AM
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