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Chevron Energy Solutions, a unit of Chevron Corporation, on August 21 announced the completion of a comprehensive project for the state of
The extensive upgrades to 20 state buildings are expected to reduce energy costs at the facilities by 25 to 30 percent, saving state taxpayers $924,000 annually and more than $20 million over the next two decades. The upgrades also will reduce the facilities' demand for energy from local utilities, leading to an expected reduction of about 8,000 metric tons in utility carbon dioxide emissions – equivalent to removing 1,500 cars from the road.
The $13.6 million project, coordinated through the state's Department of Personnel and Administration, began in 2003 and is funded entirely by the energy savings generated by the efficiency improvements.
Under the project, Chevron Energy Solutions completed extensive upgrades to 16 buildings in
"These upgrades demonstrate that it's possible to achieve major cost savings through high-efficiency equipment, while incorporating sustainable building materials and efficient design improvements," said Lance Shepherd, project manager, Office of the State Architect, and project champion. "Through our partnership with Chevron Energy Solutions,
"Like many other states,
As a result of the improvements, three of the buildings have been certified by the United States Green Building Council through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design –
Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water consumption, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor environmental quality.