School Board approves energy conservation commitment
KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday came together, despite severe thunderstorms in the area, to approve a conservation commitment.
The School Board agreed to a commitment with Cenergistic Energy, an energy conservation company that has experience working with school districts, including Batavia, to conserve energy.
Expected areas of savings include water, electric and gas bills.
Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent for business, on Tuesday explained why it was important for the board to approve the conservation commitment.
“It was important for the board to show their commitment in writing, through that commitment that the district provided for us, so that all staff and community would know that the board is committed to energy savings and the program,” she said.
Fuchs said that some energy savings the company could provide include turning off computer monitors and lights. She added that many “behavioral changes” that will take place with Cenergistic Energy will occur during off hours, including holidays and breaks.
An energy specialist is yet to be hired. The specialist will provide more specific ways for the district to save money by conserving energy.
The board had previously agreed to have a five-year contract with the conservation company, which would last from May 1 until April 30, 2019. The cost to the district is $9,000 per month. The expectation was that there would be energy savings expected to exceed all costs during this time period.
All board members, with the exception of Pedro Rivas, voted yes to the agreement at the April 28 School Board meeting.
“There’s nothing that holds this company (Cenergistic) liable past five years,” Rivas said during the April meeting. “I’m concerned with that.”
Fuchs has an expectation concerning the partnership between the district and Cenergistic Energy.
“We’re very excited to be working with Cenergistic,” Fuchs said. “They have a great program that has proven results in other school districts. And we’re expecting that it will work well in Kaneland, too.”