Performance audit lauds Kutztown University's energy savings

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Oct 16, 2013 7:40 AM
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(Kutztown) -- Kutztown University has already saved more than $1 million through a guaranteed energy savings contract, and the state auditor general recently highlighted the conservation measures at the Berks County campus.

The state-owned university is saving more than $700,000 a year by conserving energy. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has praised Kutztown for holding down costs by reducing energy use.

The school hired a private company to identify the most cost effective energy projects, finance them and complete the work, and Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management Jeff Grimm says the projects are then paid for, in part, through the energy dollars saved.

"It's great because otherwise we wouldn't even have the money to make the improvements to the equipment, which in addition to saving energy are 25 years old and are wearing out anyhow," says Grimm.

If the school doesn't realize the savings projected in the contract, the company writes them a check. But Grimm says, so far, they've saved even more money than the contract anticipated.

Kutztown has already undertaken a complete lighting retrofit and installed a water / sewer management system, among other things.

Thirteen of the 14 schools in the State System of Higher Education are tackling similar projects through the state Guaranteed Energy Savings Act.

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