State Government Efforts to Reduce Energy Recognized
CONCORD - On Friday, April 19th at the Annual State Energy Conference the Governor's Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards were presented to the Police Standards and Training Council, state employee Jim Poisson of the Department of Environmental Services (DES), and the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery. Presenting the awards were NHDES Commissioner Tom Burack and Administrative Services Deputy Commissioner Mike Connor. The conference is held annually for state agency energy coordinators and facility managers, as well as other state employees interested in reducing energy use and energy costs.
The Police Standards and Training Council (the Council) was chosen as this year's model State Agency because of its recent efforts to reduce energy use within state government. The Council provides training for law enforcement personnel in the state of New Hampshire in its Concord-based firing range and tactical center. Within the past year, the Council has performed extensive lighting retrofits within its facilities and even served as a pilot location for a type of induction lighting. In the coming months, the Council plans to enroll in the State's demand response program which will allow it to run its emergency generator in instances of power emergencies. This will earn money for the State that can be reinvested in energy efficiency.
Jim Poisson is the Energy, Utility, and Quality Assurance Project Leader for the Air Monitoring Program at NHDES. He's been involved in many energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts including design of two energy efficient air monitoring stations, one of which is also equipped with solar panels. Jim is also heavily involved in improving the performance and diversity of his department's vehicle fleet. Additionally he lent his investigative skills to the management of the State's natural gas fueling station for vehicles when he helped determine why utility operating costs of the station were so high.
The final award given this year was presented to the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery. As a part of the Adjutant General's Department, the Cemetery is recognized for its initiative in making itself a model site for former Governor Lynch's goal of reducing fossil fuel use within State facilities. Cemetery employees have worked on reaching this goal by retrofitting existing lighting with more efficient technologies, installing energy-saving infrared heat in the maintenance garage, and recently undertaking a project to install a wood pellet stove in the administration building.