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Renewables to be Considered in Energy Audits

Energy audits along the U.S. border with Mexico will examine the use of renewable energy.

DENVER, Colorado, US, 2001-06-08 [SolarAccess.com] Energy audits along the U.S. border with Mexico will examine the use of renewable energy. The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) has issued a solicitation for companies to conduct a series of energy audits. The Border Energy Project was initiated to accomplish the emissions-reduction objective through increased renewable energy sources and energy efficiency in the border region. Project officials have determined that conducting energy audits of a wide range of commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, will provide end-users with case study evidence and specific ideas on how to reduce energy consumption. The results of these audits will be used as content for a web site and to develop implementation projects. The scope of the audits includes ‘baselining‘ the current level of energy consumption by appliance, including use patterns and equipment age and condition. A general assessment of process related issues associated with the design and operation of the facilities will be conducted, and human behavior patterns related to energy consumption will be evaluated as well. Recommendations in all three areas will be included within the preliminary audit report. Audits will be conducted on both sides of the border, and will be dispersed from Texas to California. The facilities to be audited will range from hospitals, schools and government buildings, to business offices, grocery and retail stores, as well as manufacturing facilities. Specific technologies to be addressed include renewable energy and alternatives, lighting, HVAC systems, production equipment, boilers, building construction (insulation, window tinting) and electricity and natural gas. Proposals are due by July 6 and the total annual contract is limited to $75,000. The Clean Air Act of 1990 included a provision to create the Grand Canyon Visibility Transport Commission, to suggest measures that improve visibility in the Colorado Plateau and, principally, the Grand Canyon. The WGA formed the Western Regional Air Partnership as a successor to that group, in order to continue development of programs that contribute to reducing emissions and improving visibility in inter-mountain western regions. One regional objective of WRAP is the reduction of emissions along the border region with Mexico. It agreed that audits should be undertaken of sufficient depth to determine the feasibility for conducting a more comprehensive audit and potentially installation of energy saving equipment as a model facility.