Letter: Energy coordinator is a wise re-investment
Editor of the Reformer,
I was pleased to read in the Reformer that Brattleboro Town Representatives voted to provide funds for a full time energy coordinator. As the former chair of the Energy Committee, I had the opportunity to work closely with Paul Cameron, who was the energy coordinator from 2002 to 2016, and see firsthand all that he was able to accomplish on a part-time basis.
In 2006 Cameron headed a committee that resulted in the hiring of the Honeywell Corporation to research and implement over $1 million of energy improvements to town municipal buildings. The improvements have resulted in net (after loan costs) savings of approximately $48,000 per year and these savings will increase to approximately $75,000 per year after the project loan is paid off in 2022. After petitioning the Select Board to add an Energy Committee in 2009, Paul Cameron, Steve Barrett, and the Energy Committee worked with Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont to convert all of the town's streetlights to energy efficient LEDs. This has resulted in savings of approximately $106,000 per year. Additional projects include the purchase of solar net metering credits ($86,000 in yearly savings), professional municipal building audits (for potential savings beyond the scope of the Honeywell project), additional town lighting improvements, and countless workshops and public information events. Overall since 2002, the projects the Town Energy Coordinators have been instrumental in having saved town taxpayers over $1 million and counting.
There is much more that can be done to build on the present $240,000 per year savings. I see the newly appropriated funds for a full time energy coordinator as a wise re-investment of some of these savings that will no doubt result in even more savings and carbon footprint reductions going forward.
Brattleboro, April 8
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