Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen
Supervisor Gillen Seeks 30% Energy Savings, Says “Going Green Means More Green for the Town of Hempstead”
(HEMPSTEAD, NY) April 25th, 2018 – Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen lauded the successful passage of her Board resolution to hire a no-cost energy performance expert to identify areas where the Town can save money by implementing green, sustainable carbon reducing measures, which will cut down on the Town’s costly energy bills and consumption.
“By reducing our carbon footprint, we not only help preserve our environment, but we help preserve taxpayer’s wallets and pocketbooks,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen. “We hope to obtain a 30% reduction in energy and flatten the town government’s annual energy bills over a 20 year period.”
The Town of Hempstead, along with many traditional grid clients, experiences energy costs increase by an average of 3.25% every year, though annual energy consumption is not increasing. Last year, 2017, the Town of Hempstead paid approximately $7 million in electric bills and $800,000 in gas bills.
“The plan is to implement wide ranging energy improvements to our facilities by retrofitting and replacing traditional fossil fuel based energy with alternative energy sources, such as solar and geo-thermal,” said Gillen. “We are demanding a positive return on investment on day 1, year 1.”
The ECG Group will represent the Town and work with qualifying energy service companies to identify and ensure proper conservation improvements are made by maximizing energy efficiency in the Town’s building systems. The ECG Group’s costs will be paid by the Energy Service Companies tasked with making the retrofits.
The no-cost energy service company will also be responsible for identifying and obtaining grant money from a plethora of federal and state programs designed to help transition the Town to less costly alternative energy sources.
“The future is a bright green in the Town of Hempstead,” concluded Gillen.