Atlanta Gas Light Supports the General Services Administration with Georgia Energy Efficiency Efforts
Agreement focuses on reducing annual energy consumption up to 50 percent
in three federal courthouses
ATLANTA – June 16, 2015 – A deep energy retrofit partnership today announced by Atlanta Gas Light and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will shrink energy consumption at three of Georgia’s federal courthouses and save taxpayers $10.1 million in upfront construction costs. The 12-month sustainability project leverages GSA’s Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC), a federal alternative energy financing vehicle that allows Atlanta Gas Light to implement critical building system upgrades now as GSA pays down the investment over time from money saved in reduced energy costs and limited financing.
“Going beyond our core mission of delivering natural gas safely and affordably to customers statewide, Atlanta Gas Light also provides energy efficiency services for our customers and the communities we serve,” says Scott Carter, senior vice president of commercial operations for AGL Resources. “We are certainly proud to support GSA’s leadership on an initiative that creates energy savings and prolongs the life of these federal courthouse buildings by replacing and modernizing infrastructure features that address energy conservation while providing many local new jobs throughout the construction period.”
The project will replace and modernize equipment, such as chillers and boiler plants, air and water distribution and direct digital control systems in the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Ga.; Lewis R. Morgan Federal Building and Courthouse in Newnan, Ga.; and Rome Federal Building and Courthouse in Rome, Ga. Some of the equipment being replaced is more than 50 years old. Improvements will also include the conversion of more than 2,000 light fixtures to LED lighting technology, as well as the installation of high-efficiency water fixtures. The project should cut energy consumption by 40-50 percent across the three sites and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.6 million pounds annually.
“GSA’s leadership in greening the government has helped drive federal energy consumption down to its lowest recorded level,” said Torre Jessup, southeast sunbelt regional administrator for GSA—federal government’s largest commercial real estate manager. “GSA has embraced recent federal clean energy mandates with its own aggressive targets and the Georgia UESC initiative will enhance our ability to meet those goals.”
The project, slated to start this summer, will in part be paid from energy and operating savings. For information about natural gas safety and energy conservation, visit www.atlantagaslight.com or GSA’s Energy Center of Expertise at http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/21093.
About Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta Gas Light, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), provides natural gas delivery service to more than 1.5 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest corporations in the state. For more information, visit www.atlantagaslight.com.
About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services and midstream operations. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves approximately 630,000 retail energy customers and approximately 1.2 million customer service contracts through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. AGL Resources is a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.
NOTE: Pictures of Atlanta Gas Light and GSA signing the agreement are available upon request.
Kristie Benson, APR