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OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Date: Oct. 24, 2011
Contact: Autumn Salamack
Kitsap County Resource Conservation Manager Kitsap
360.337.5670 or asalamack@co.kitsap.wa.us  
No: 2011-086

County Adopts Energy Plan

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt an Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan (Energy Plan) this month as part of the Board’s ongoing efforts to save taxpayer dollars and reduce energy use through increased energy savings.

“This energy plan is an important milestone for Kitsap County,” said Board Chair Charlotte Garrido. “It will save scarce taxpayer dollars for vital services and hold the county to a higher conservation standard. We need to lead by example, and with this plan, we are. “

The Energy Plan provides a strategic framework to meet the aggressive energy conservation and renewable energy goals set by the Board of County Commissioners in 2010 as listed below.

  • Develop and implement a program for strategic county energy efficiency improvements including behavioral, operations and maintenance, and capital measures.

  • Reduce energy consumption in county owned and operated buildings by 30 percent by 2020, compared to 2009.

  • Purchase or generate 10 percent of county power needs from renewable sources by 2020 in a cost-effective manner.

The Energy Plan provides an initial framework for achieving these goals with more than 90 recommendations and strategies covering building design, purchasing specifications, transportation and fleets, education and training, sewer treatment plants, renewable energy, reporting and monitoring, and financing options for energy efficiency. The adopted plan was developed through a collaborative process that brought together many different county departments and citizens under the county’s Energy Conservation Advisory Committee.

The Board also adopted an Energy Conservation Policy for county facilities that identifies a clear set of operations and maintenance (O&M) standards for heating and cooling temperature set points, lighting standards, and use of personal appliances in the work space. The standards outlined in the policy are no-cost O&M measures designed to conserve energy and lower operating costs, while maintaining a comfortable and safe working environment.

For more information, please visit www.kitsapgreen.org/energy_plan.htm or contact Autumn Salamack, Resource Conservation Manager, at asalamack@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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Last Updated: 
May 27, 2014