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School district partners with FPL for efficiency and conservation

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The School District of St. Lucie County has partnered with FPL over several years on school energy upgrades that both reduce energy consumption and reduce the need for FPL to upgrade their systems or build new power plants. The rebate program covers thermal energy storage, demand control ventilation and replacement of more efficient equipment.

An article in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, states that energy conservation refers to reducing energy through using less of an energy service. Energy conservation differs from efficient energy use, which refers to using less energy for a constant service. For example, driving less is an example of energy conservation. Driving the same amount with a higher mileage vehicle is an example of energy efficiency. Energy conservation and efficiency are both energy reduction techniques.

In keeping with the partnership between the school district and FPL, the St. Lucie County School Board was presented a rebate check in the amount of nearly $680,000 at the February 11, 2014, business meeting from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) as a result of completion and verification of chiller plant replacement projects at Port St. Lucie High School, Mariposa Elementary and Southern Oaks Middle School.

Pictured, front row from left, are from FPL Major Accounts Manager Jim Albury, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Executive Director Marty Sanders, Senior Project Manager John Gillette, and Amir Kazeminia, OCI Associates Inc., chiller plant design engineer and member of district’s Energy Advisory Team. Back row, from left, are school board member Troy Ingersoll, vice-chairman Dr. Donna Mills, and members Carol Hilson and Kathryn Hensley.

REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) Feb. 2014




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