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11/14/2011 ~ The Utility Board approved contracts for the installation of an energy management system at Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Service Building, at 1001 James Street, in Key West during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, November 9th.

The contracts totaled $74,104, with Kristof Electric Technologies, Inc. receiving a contract for $51,107, and Roth Southeast receiving a contract for $22,997. The scope of the energy management system included the purchasing and installation of energy saving alternatives for the internal and external lighting of the Service Building as well as upgrades to its Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system. The bids for the HVAC system came in over budget and had to be removed from the scope of the project.

Kristof will oversee the retrofitting of existing lighting fixtures inside the Service Building to more efficient florescent lights as well as the installation of sensors to operate all indoor lighting. Roth will oversee the automation of all indoor light sensors and will reconfigure all outdoor lighting with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights, including sensors and/or timers.

The Energy Management System project is 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.

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

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., November 9th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.

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

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