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09/30/2011 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) is offering free energy efficiency workshops on Tuesday, October 18th, for its commercial customers. The workshops are designed for anyone who either owns or manages a business and is interested in saving money by reducing energy usage throughout their commercial building and operation.

“The workshops will provide attendees with practical strategies for managing energy usage more effectively as well as empower customers with information about new and innovative energy efficient technologies,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She went on to add that, “KEYS hired a trainer certified in Commercial Practical Energy Management to run the workshops and deliver the most current information available.”

Workshop attendees will gain knowledge about energy savings related to indoor and outdoor lighting, air conditioning, ventilation, and commercial equipment. Also, the workshops will equip attendees to: compare existing equipment energy usage with more efficient technologies currently on the market, set energy saving goals, and develop and implement an energy management plan.

The workshops will take place at KEYS’ Service Building Board Room at 1001 James Street in Key West, on Tuesday, October 18th at three different times: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required since seating is limited to 35 people per session. Call or e-mail Julio J. Barroso, KEYS’ Communications/Marketing Coordinator, at (305) 295-1023 or to reserve your seat today – up to two individuals per business will be allowed as space permits.

These workshops are funded in part by a Clean Energy Grant KEYS was recently awarded from the State totaling $770,000, which was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the United States Department of Energy. Pursuant to the grant, the State will fund approximately $434,000 of the total grant, with KEYS rounding out the difference with matching funds.

The grant will fund six additional projects identified by KEYS, which include:

1 - Installing a thermal storage unit at KEYS’ Service Building to shift air conditioning cooling costs during peak hours. The unit will work by storing energy off-peak in the form of ice, when electricity generation is more efficient and more abundant, and delivering it on-peak, when it is needed most, to help condition the building.

2 - Installing an energy management system to control lighting and cooling at KEYS’ Service Building.

3 - Constructing an estimated 34 Kilowatt* (kW) solar photovoltaic system on a KEYS’ warehouse at its Stock Island Generating Facility, with an expected annual production of 51,861 kilowatt hours.

4 - Erecting two wind turbines totaling 4.8 kW at KEYS’ Cudjoe Key Electrical Substation.

5 - Offering $100,000 in rebates to qualifying customers who purchase energy efficient appliances.

6 - Providing 225 residential energy surveys over 18-months, which will include the distribution of compact fluorescent light bulbs, low flow showerheads, and faucet aerators.

All grant projects must be completed by April 2012 in order to receive funding. “KEYS’ staff will be working diligently over the next several months to implement all facets of the grant and our customers will have an even greener utility which remains committed to its motto of Growing Greener Every Day,” said Tejeda.

*Kilowatt – A unit of electrical power equal to 1,000 watts.

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