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USPS Pours Nearly $29M into Energy Efficiency

federalbuildingLime Energy has received three contracts, worth close to $29 million, to make the United States Postal Service (USPS) facilities on the East Coast more energy efficient as part of the federal agency’s goal to reduce energy use 30 percent by 2015.

In 2009, the Postal Service’s energy efficiency efforts  saved $3 million and nearly 100 million kilowatts of electricity.

Under the new contract, Lime Energy will evaluate postal facilities in seven regions for energy-efficiency projects. Regions include Southern New Jersey and Delaware, Philadelphia, District Columbia, Eastern Maryland, Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia, Northern Virginia, Greater Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The contracts provide a fast-track process for design and implementation of more than 1,800 pre-determined energy-efficiency items. Once approved by the USPS, Lime will perform surveys, develop energy solutions, and install new energy-efficient lighting and mechanical equipment.

The three contracts are worth $28.5 million, accounting for the potential of four one-year renewals under each contract, according to Lime Energy. There is no minimum purchase requirement under any of these contracts.

Lime Energy has completed about $30 million in projects for the Postal Service over the past six years.

As an example, Lime’s energy-efficient upgrades at the Van Nuys Federal Building & Post Office garnered an annual energy savings of 1,238,998 KWh, which translates into an annual dollar savings of $125,580. Some of the benefits include a reduction in lighting expense by up to 70 percent and improved lighting levels of 10 to 50 percent.

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One thought on “USPS Pours Nearly $29M into Energy Efficiency

  1. With so much talk of saving energy, I am reminded of another way the USPS wastes energy. Several years ago, the Postal service decided that it would contract the bulk delivery of mail to outside carriers. This was supposed to cut back on the hours the regular MVS drivers for the post office would work. The contracts were awarded and the regular postal drivers did not make the long distance runs. But, the Postal Union filed a grievance and guess what? The MVS drivers were awarded money to make up for what they supposedly lost to the outside contractors. Some MVS drivers received checks upward of $5,000. dollars each. The money award was based on how much seniority the driver had. Yes, upwards of $5,000 dollars. I know this because I was there as Christmas help for transportation. Another big waste is the way the Postal Service sends out empty outside contractor 18 wheelers. These runs are usually two to four hundred miles in length, and you go out empty, and return empty. Not all of the time, but I remember going from Portland to Pendleton, Oregon, and three out of five days my drive out and home was just driving an empty truck. Or sometimes you would have a bag of mail so small, that it can fit under the seat of a scooter. As they say, “Our tax dollars at work”. Someone really needs to look at this.

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