Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the City was awarded a $127,500 grant for Phase II of its Shared Services Energy Purchasing Program by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Council voted this afternoon and accepted the terms of the contract and the grant monies.
In Phase II, the City will be conducting outreach to all municipalities in Allegheny County through each of the eight Councils of Government (COG), providing each municipality the opportunity to join the next round of electricity purchasing for 2009.
In 2007 the City of Pittsburgh, in cooperation with Allegheny County, established the Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium - a city-wide energy cost and consumption reduction program. The Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium saw great successes in 2008 (with a combined savings of nearly $1.4 million) that led to the funding of the Sustainability Coordinator and the Office of Sustainability & Energy Efficiency for the City of Pittsburgh. In late 2008, the consortium conducted an auction associated with natural gas and has since seen a substantial reduction in the cost of transportation and commodity with each of the three local providers.
"Now in 2009, we are able to bring our successes to municipalities throughout Allegheny County by providing them with cost saving initiatives that are only achievable through such a large purchase," said Mayor Ravenstahl.
This is the second grant the City has received for the Shared Services Program through the DCED. The first grant, for $70,000, was awarded in 2008 for Phase I to partially fund the Energy & Utilities Manager position and to help facilitate the original energy purchase with the County, PWSA, Zoo and SEA. The 2009 grant pays for the salary of the Energy & Utilities Manager and some of the costs associated with Co-Exprise. Co-Exprise is the energy firm the consortium hired to help facilitate the purchase of electricity and natural gas through a reverse auction platform.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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