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Energy dashboard provides public glimpse of City’s Energy Management Program

21-Feb-2012

The City of Saint John launched the public display of the energy performance dashboard system, which gives citizens a chance to see how well the efforts to reduce energy use are working.

The initial launch features the energy management program at the Saint John Transit building, which, in 2011, used 58 percent less energy than a conventional building of the same size. The goal was for the building to use 45 percent less energy. The annual energy savings for 2012 is expected to be over $328,000 or 65 percent less energy.

“Our award-winning Municipal Energy Efficiency Program has saved the City $1.8 Million annually as of 2011,” says His Worship, Mayor Ivan Court. “This dashboard will give the public a chance to see how well our program performs.”

The dashboard, a 42-inch LCD screen, is located in the Shoppes of City Hall in front of the Visitor Information Centre. The screens show real time monthly and yearly energy use from conventional (electricity, natural gas) and renewable (solar and heat exchange) sources. The project is a partnership with Shift Energy, Inc., a Saint John-based energy management consultant.

“We have worked with Shift Energy to develop this unique dashboard to provide the public with real time energy performance of the building,” explains Samir Yammine, Energy Manager. “Our goal is to make energy visible to the public and the City staff and to raise energy efficiency awareness.”

The City will continue to add other energy efficiency projects to the public view of the dashboard. A web-based version, for viewing from www.saintjohn.ca, is also under development.

Other ongoing energy management projects around the City include the Lancaster Lagoon energy management project, which reduced energy costs at the wastewater treatment plant by $55,000 per year with a $197,000 total investment in energy efficiency upgrades; the arena retrofit project which reduced energy costs at the Stu Hurley Arena by 30 percent; and the Market Square Parking Garage retrofit, which improved visibility in the garage while saving 129.44 tonnes of CO2 annually.