Kathleen Stahl, P.E., C.E.M., L.C.
Track F | Energy Services
For FY 2014-15 total utility expenditures for North Carolina state agencies and UNC institutions were over $335 million dollars. Without efforts promoted by the Utility Savings Initiative, an additional $166 million would have been needed for utility expenditures. The Utility Savings Initiative (USI) is NC’s comprehensive, lead-by-example program created in 2002 to reduce energy and water costs for state agency and university buildings—and ultimately taxpayers—through increased efficiency and awareness. 14 years later, the program celebrates the achievement of avoiding payment of over $1 billion dollars in utility costs.
The program has been expanded to provide support for all public buildings, including community colleges, schools, and local government. Key elements of success and lessons learned will be covered with four areas of focus: utility accounting, operations and maintenance, awareness and training, and performance contracting. This award-winning program has been recognized by the Council of State Governments and has been a model for other states.
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