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November 17th, 2009
Hays CISD saves $2.5M in power costs

STAFF REPORT

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees learned Monday night that energy management efforts at campuses throughout the school district have during the last six years have saved $2.5 million.

R.C. Herrin, Hays CISD executive director of maintenance and operations, told trustees that campuses have reduced their energy consumption per square foot by 44 percent.

“While we can’t control how much we’re charged, we do have control over how much consumption we have in our school buildings,” Herrin said.

Even though cost per kilowatt through Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) has increased from approximately eight cents to a little more than 10 cents, the district saved $418,300 last year, Slocum said.

“When you look at avoided costs per year, had we not done anything in the realm of energy management, our avoided cost last year was right at $1 million,” Herrin said.

The school board also unanimously approved the purchase of 20 school buses for $1.7 million. The money was earmarked for school buses in the 2008 bond package.

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