Energy Efficiency Conservation Strategy
From powering its airport, seaport and railway, to treating and delivering drinking water, to operating landfills and hundreds of buildings, electricity is vital to the services Miami-Dade County provides. And it is committed to reducing energy consumption at its facilities, maximizing energy efficiency and evaluating the use of renewable and alternative energy technologies for government operations.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, funded by the Recovery Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, jump-started many of our energy-savings initiatives by funding 12 activities that assist in planning and evaluating projects Countywide, and provide outreach that promotes energy efficiency.
- Enterprise-wide and Facility-based Energy Management Systems Upgrade & Coordination
Installation of energy management system software/hardware upgrades and energy conservation features at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center and Gerstein Justice Building. Also, implementing an enterprise-wide utility billing software.
- Miami-Dade Communitywide Energy Efficiency Campaign
An outreach program aimed at achieving long-term behavior changes to reduce energy. Elements include light bulb exchanges, home energy savings workshops, and $750 Savings Challenge.
- Grants to Green Nonprofits (G2GN) Program
Provided over $1 million in grants to 48 community based organizations to perform energy audits and energy-efficient building retrofits, replacements and upgrades to 55 existing facilities. The estimated savings will yield a CO2 reduction of 37.5% in total of consuming assets.
- Development of Sustainable Capital Improvement Procedures & Guidelines
Created Sustainable Capital Improvements Procedures and Guidelines (2.4MB), along with a corresponding training program, to ensure Miami-Dade County’s capital improvement process maximizes energy conservation for new construction and building renovations. This project was completed in February 2011.
- Methane Sequestration from Landfill & Digesters to Power Water & Sewer Operations
A construction project at the south wastewater treatment plant that will generate electricity from biogas produced at the plant and the nearby landfill. Once completed, this is expected to generate an additional 33,500 kilowatts of electricity a year that would otherwise be wasted.
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- Energy Efficient & Sustainable Buildings Evaluation of Building/Zoning Codes & Permitting Processes
Evaluated existing County and State zoning and building codes and permitting processes and offered suggested changes to remove energy-efficient and climate change obstacles to land use and development in the Code Diagnosis Report and Priority Recommendations . This project was completed in August 2011.
- Miami-Dade Libraries Daylight Cool Roof Retrofit Project
Replaces the existing roof at Homestead Library with a high-reflective Cool Roof system, which reduces energy use and air pollution. This project was completed in June 2010.
- Miami-Dade Libraries Daylight Harvesting Demonstration Project
Installed programmable lighting controls tied into daylight coming in from outside at the Naranja and Kendale Lakes and International Mall library branches. This project was completed in September 2011.
- Pilot Desktop Virtualization Project
Replacing nearly 1,800 personal computer workstations with more energy-efficient virtual desktops utilizing “thin client” technologies to reduce power consumption and environmental waste. Thin clients are currently being deployed.
- Energy-Efficient Lighting on "Green Roadway" Demonstration Project
Creating "Green Roadways" on North Royal Poinciana and North Miami avenues; will promote people-friendly movement by including high-efficiency lights and pedestrian-friendly access while reducing energy use and air pollution. Construction is currently underway.
- Solar Power Systems Demonstration for Powering of County Park Buildings
Installed solar panels on the roofs of recreational buildings at the Country Village, Martin Luther King Memorial and Westwind Lakes parks. The contract was awarded to Solares Electrical Services, Inc. The project was completed in December 2011.
- Sustainable Technologies Demonstration Program
Demonstration underway to identify and test equipment, technologies and services that can enhance building sustainability at existing County facilities based on South Florida’s climate.
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