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Gwinnett Going Green, perhaps.
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Back in April 2009, Gwinnett County hired a consultant to analyze its electricity accounts and recommend ways to reduce the $22 million it was spending to power its offices, courtrooms, water and sewer systems, traffic and street lights, computers, sports fields, the jail, the prison and other County facilities.

Since December 2009, this effort has produced ongoing savings of over $250,000. These ongoing savings are expected to increase to over $500,000 for the year. In addition, Gwinnett County has received one-time savings, due to refunds, of over $75,000. A number of additional refunds are presently being reviewed that, if realized, will increase this figure, according to County officials.

On the demand side of energy management, the County has identified 36 initiatives in nine categories to reduce annual costs and environmental impacts by using sustainable “green” practices. Through the implementation of these practices, the County hopes to further reduce its energy costs by an additional $1 million annually. The County will fund many of these initiatives through a $7.3-million grant funded by the federal stimulus. More information is available at www.sustainablegwinnett.com

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