Utilities & Energy Management
The Utilities/Energy Section of Facilities Management develops plans, initiatives, and policies to ensure that utility payments (electric, natural gas, steam, water, and sewage) for County owned buildings and structures are processed accurately and expeditiously. While the office does not provide any utility-related services to the public, we service many internal County departments by providing centralized payment processing and contract management.
In addition, this area aggressively pursues energy conservation and purchasing opportunities and implements initiatives to improve management over utility accounts, to reduce the Countys energy costs, and to maximize recoveries due to inaccurate billings through aggressive utility bill auditing.
Since Pennsylvania became the fourth state in the Country to deregulate the utility industry in late 1996, the County has been proactive in controlling costs by purchasing deregulated energy at competitive prices and engaging in a 10-year energy savings performance contract to improve numerous County facilities. This multi-year energy program, which began in 1998, provides energy efficient equipment and upgrades financed entirely from energy cost savings. Many of these improvements have been completed and they include energy-efficient lighting, replacement chillers, and energy management systems, among others. Over the 10-year period, the program will result in $13.7 million in savings with more than 2.5 million square feet of infrastructure improvements and upgrades.