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RI Infrastructure Bank Announces Free Energy Audits for Public Buildings

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

 

The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank along with the state's Office of Energy Resources announced a partnership with National Grid in order to provide free energy audits to municipalities, school districts and quasi-public state agencies.

“Understanding how we currently use energy is the first step to making smart investments in our state’s energy future. I encourage cities and towns to take advantage of these free energy audits, and to submit applications to the Efficient Buildings Fund. The Efficient Building Fund is putting people back to work rebuilding our infrastructure, helping cities and towns save money on energy bills, and preserving our environment for the next generation of Rhode Islanders," said Governor Gina Raimondo.

The audits will look at existing heating and lighting systems in public buildings and estimate the cost savings that would be reached through an energy retrofit.

National Grid's contracted engineers will conduct facility tours, study past energy bills and usage as well as consult with building occupants to identify inefficiencies.

The audits will recommend specific strategies as well as investments that cities and towns can put in place to reduce energy usage.

“We hope that by providing energy audits, we will encourage more municipalities to take the first step toward investing in energy efficiency. Investments in green infrastructure can be a ‘win-win’ for any municipality – allowing them to both save money and build a more sustainable future," said Merrill Sherman, Chairman of the Board of the RIIB.

The Office of Energy Resources and the RIIB have conducted outreach to officials in every city and town in the state to inform them about the free energy audit program. So far, 28 municipalities and schools departments have already signed up for the audits which are set to begin this week.

Requests to participate in the free energy audit program must be submitted to Jerry Drummond of National Grid by close of business on Thursday, December 10.

Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank

The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank formerly known as the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency is a quasi public agency that serves as the financial administrator of the clean water and drinking water state revolving funds.

 

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