CenterPoint Energy awarded Galena Park ISD $28,471.50 during the December 12, 2008 Board of Trustees meeting for the district’s energy efficiency projects implemented in 2008 through the Schools Conserving Resources (SCORE) Program.
The SCORE Program is a pilot program offered by CenterPoint Energy to select school districts. This program helps the district by facilitating a focused approach to using energy more efficiently. In order to earn SCORE incentives from CenterPoint, the program involved administrators at all levels in the decision making process, from energy management and maintenance up to finance and the superintendent’s office. CLEAResult Consulting is implementing the program for CenterPoint Energy.
“The SCORE program is allowing us to operate more efficiently and is also helping the environment by reducing the district’s carbon emissions,” said I.A. “Abby” Awdi, assistant director of maintenance/energy manager for Galena Park ISD. “The money we receive will be used to further improve our energy saving measures throughout the district.”
Based on the district’s total kilowatt hour savings the total greenhouse reduction is 156 metric tons of carbon dioxide which is equivalent to: 28.5 passenger cars not driven for one year; 17,673 gallons of gasoline; 362 barrels of oil; 6,487 propane cylinders that are used for home barbecues; and 3,992 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.
Galena Park ISD joined the SCORE Program April 2007 and immediately increased its efforts to identify and implement energy saving measures. With assistance provided through the SCORE Program, Galena Park ISD identified the facilities with the most energy-saving potential. The district also developed a master plan so that the best approach toward reducing the district’s energy bills could be taken.
CenterPoint Energy pays incentives at $185 per peak kilowatt of energy saved. The Public Utility Commission of Texas provides the mechanism for calculating energy savings achieved. The district is awarded an incentive check when projects are finished and the new equipment is inspected.
Shown (l-r) at the Dec. 12 Board of Trustees meeting are: Randy Burchfield, executive director of school operations;
I.A. “Abby” Awdi, assistant director of maintenance/energy manager; Bob Campbell, director of maintenance;
Cheryl Bowman, representing Centerpoint Energy; Wayne Oquin, President of the GPISD Board of Trustees;
David Hopkins, deputy superintendent of operations; and Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools.