Last Updated: 2010-06-01

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy

The City of Richmond (City) has crafted a comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) that is designed to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy use and associated costs, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and create jobs. The benefits of the EECS apply to the City of Richmond’s government operations (City Government) and the entire jurisdiction of Richmond (Community). In addition to meeting the requirements of the EECBG, the City views the EECS and its associated activities as essential but initial components of a broader sustainability plan that the City intends to further develop with a portion of its EECBG funding.

To develop this EECS, the City engaged experienced Consultants along with a variety of City Government representatives to form a multi-faceted Project Team focused on three key deliverables: 1) Gather, analyze and document energy use and GHG emissions data to create two baseline inventories, one encompassing City Government operations, and the other dedicated to the entire Community; 2) Develop, prioritize and recommend EECS project options, implementation milestones, and evaluation frameworks to enable the City to meet EECBG program criteria, and 3) Create a comprehensive plan for allocating EECBG funds to successfully execute the recommended project options and ensure that the EECS benefits persist beyond the EECBG program period.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The City has identified three major goals as part of its EECS:

  1. Reduce energy consumption and associated energy costs;
  2. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  3. Create or sustain jobs.

To achieve these goals, the City has crafted an EECS that includes programs, processes and energy efficiency related activities that deploy EECBG program funds in seven key focus areas or objectives.

These include:

1. Building Management and Conservation: Guided by the results of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory and the desire to develop replicable projects, programs and best practices, the Project Team identified EECBG funded eligible activities that will improve energy efficiency in the City’s buildings and facilities and improve the overall management of the City’s built environment. The City intends to use EECBG funding to hire both a Sustainability Director and an Energy Manager to assess energy needs, identify efficiency opportunities, and implement systems to reduce energy use, reduce GHG emissions and realize energy savings. The City’s Project Team also identified several EECBG funding opportunities within the commercial, industrial and residential sectors that addressed this objective including incentivized energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits, and green building training for relevant City employees.

2. Transportation:Several transportation efficiency projects and campaigns were specifically identified during development of the EECS that elevate energy and environmental awareness and provide the opportunity to positively transform transit decisions for the long term. Most notably, the City intends to use EECBG funding to convert some of its traffic signals from traditional lighting sources to efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs).

3. Land Use and Development: The City’s Project Team identified EECBG funding opportunities that address this objective including the hiring of a Sustainability Director who will be charged with ensuring that Richmond’s economic, social, and environmental systems are safeguard now and into the future.

4. Economic Development: In addition to creating and retaining jobs through the execution of the EECS, the EECBG funded activities selected also support economic development within the City by elevating energy and environmental awareness of City employees and the general public, and leveraging financial incentives for energy efficiency that improve the “bottom line” of local businesses.

5. Environmental Conservation: The City is committed to achieving its climate protection and sustainability goals. This commitment shaped and led the actions of the Project Team throughout the development of the EECS and is evident in the replicable nature of the activities ultimately selected for funding by the City’s EECBG allocation. The City plans to use EECBG funding to hire both a Sustainability Director and an Energy Manager. Both positions will ensure success of all identified EECBG funded efforts as well as additional initiatives the City hopes to pursue. In addition, the City is planning to use EECBG funds to create a comprehensive sustainability plan that explores strategies the City can employ in the short, medium, and long term to advance environmental, social, and economic issues.

6. Waste Management: The Project Team has identified several eligible activities to fund within its EECBG allocation that improve energy efficiency, product recycling and equipment life cycle benefits, including upgrades at City Hall and the City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant. In addition, the development of an Energy Manager and the creation of a Sustainability Director position will help the City identify strategies to reduce energy and other types of waste in facilities.

7. Education and Outreach: Education and engagement of the public is considered an important element to include in the City’s strategies, programs and plans. Each one of the selected activities promoted in the EECS has been evaluated for its ability to measure, verify and communicate its performance success, not just during the EECBG program period, but far beyond as the City develops and executes its climate action and sustainability plan. Awareness and outreach efforts, as well as physical tools, have been identified to ensure that the benefits and the progress of the City’s EECS persist in the public arena now and into the future.

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City of Richmond
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Richmond, VA
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