Efficiency improvements at correctional facilities to save state $1.7 million a year

JACKSON — The Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth announced today that new energy efficiency and infrastructure improvements will be made to three Michigan correctional facilities in Jackson and Kincheloe that will pay for themselves by saving the state $1.7 million a year over the next 10 years. Attending the announcement of the $17.3 million in innovative clean energy performance contracts were representatives from the following companies: Energy Systems Group (Project: Parnall Correctional Facility, Jackson), Johnson Controls (Project: Cotton Correctional Facility, Jackson), and Chevron Energy Solutions (Project: Kinross Correctional Facility, Kincheloe).

“This partnership with ESG, Chevron and Johnson Controls is a potential model for future performance contracts for the State of Michigan and local government entities,” said Andrew S. Levin, DELEG acting director. “It will allow us to explore energy efficiency and infrastructure solutions in a pilot program while helping to make Michigan a more sustainable state.”

The project is funded in part by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) and is administered by DELEG. Under “performance contracting,” the contracting companies agree to renovate the buildings and also guarantee the amount of energy savings that will be realized as a result of the renovations. The projects are expected to create/retain 121 Michigan jobs, which will include energy auditors, specialists, and contractors.

“The three correctional facilities were selected to be part of a pilot project to demonstrate that by investing in energy saving measures and retrofits these performance projects are saving the State of Michigan $1.7 million a year, and will ultimately pay for themselves in the next decade. Not only are we putting Michigan residents to work on these projects but we’re also saving the state in utility costs for years to come,” said Amy Butler, director of DELEG’s Bureau of Energy Systems.

“The contracting companies uncovered many opportunities for the State to reduce operating costs while improving energy efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint though the implementation of the Energy Conservation Measures in our correctional facilities. We are so pleased to work with DELEG and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget to be able to implement these changes to help reduce operational costs,” said Corrections Director Richard

McKeon.

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