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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: May 2, 2011
CONTACT: Jessica Morton, (603) 271-1390
Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710

Governor Recognizes State Efforts to Reduce Energy

CONCORD – Governor Lynch has awarded Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards to a state agency, an individual state employee and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) buildings in state government.

Governor Lynch presented Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards during the state agency energy conference to the Department of Information and Technology (DoIT), state employee Beverly Kowalik of the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), and the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Buildings in State Government. The awards were presented by Governor Lynch, Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Tom Burack, and Office of Energy and Planning Director Joanne Morin as part of this conference for state agency energy coordinators and facility managers, as well as other state employees interested in reducing energy and energy costs.

“Reducing our energy use will help reduce costs for state government, reduce the pollution that threatens the health of our citizens and the health of our environment, and provide for a more secure energy future,” Gov. Lynch. “I am proud state government is able to lead the way on this important issue, and reaching our energy reduction goal couldn’t have been done without the hard work and dedication of our employees.”

DoIT was instrumental in launching the Kilowatt Countdown, a program that automatically deploys energy-saving settings to all state employee computers. In addition, DoIT has taken on the first phase of a server virtualization project in which 125 stand-alone servers are being replaced with six virtual units that will greatly reduce the electric load of the facility.

Beverly Kowalik was chosen as this year’s State Energy Champion. Beverly skillfully managed over $10 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funded energy projects while still completing the tasks of her regular job.  Beverly is also the lead engineer on the largest ARRA project – a $3.8 million biomass cogeneration plant and upgraded hydro-electric system at the Glencliff Home. This project will eliminate much of the fossil fuels burned at the Glencliff Home and will make Glencliff a leader in renewable energy in NH.

Several agencies have taken the initiative to build or renovate their buildings above-and-beyond the state’s energy code requirements, achieving LEED certification for their buildings. LEED is an internationally recognized green building system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council that provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. The Community College System, the NH Liquor Commission, and the Bureau of Court Facilities were all honored for their LEED certified buildings. The Community College System was honored for two buildings: a facility for automotive technology education at Manchester Community College, and the Beverly Grappone Hall, a facility for nursing education at NHTI-Concord’s Community College. The NH Liquor Commission was honored for its Store #69 in Nashua. The DAS Bureau of Court Facilities was honored for their renovation and rebuild of the Hillsborough Courthouse North building.

In 2005, Governor Lynch issued an Executive Order directing all state agencies to lead-by-example in reducing energy use, buying energy-efficient appliances, purchasing more energy-efficient vehicles, and exceeding the state energy code by 20 percent when building or renovating facilities. The state’s recent Energy Report shows that state agencies have achieved this goal, reducing energy use in state owned buildings by 16 percent per square-foot, saving $3 million. At the state energy conference Governor Lynch released a new Executive Order that sets a new goal for state government to reduce their fossil fuel use by 25 percent, compared to 2005 levels, by 2025.

For more information on energy use in state government please contact Karen Rantamaki, State Energy Manager at Karen.Rantamaki@nh.gov or (603) 271-2698.

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