After success in saving more than $300,000 in energy costs, the London City Schools Board of Education approved having Plug Smart continue to supervise the district’s energy needs.
The board voted unanimously for a one-year contract with the Columbus-based energy management company at a cost of $27,398.
Tom Erlenwein, a senior engineer from Plug Smart, updated the board on the progress the company has made since it started working with the district in 2013.
In total, the district has saved $88,000 in gas savings and $273,000 in electrical savings, according to Erlenwein.
In 2013, the state forecasted the school saving about $13,000, meaning Plug Smart helped the school save almost 20 times the forecasted amount.
The company works with the school district through provisions from HB264, which allows districts to focus on making energy usage improvements in its facilities. For example, schools can borrow money for projects that cut energy usage without asking for a ballot measure.
Schools must work with a company to help streamline the process. London schools selected Plug Smart, which has done numerous projects for the district to cut costs.
The company reviews bills and monitors energy use to install equipment and light fixtures to run cheaper.
One project Erlenwein brought up was the purchase of electric transformers and wiring for the district.
“The reason why we did that was it changed cost of every kilowatt of energy from that point going forward,” he told the board.
Owning the device changed the way the district was being charged by avoiding certain fees. He said that now the school pays significantly less than it did before.
The district has been dedicated to going green in the past. In 2011, it was one of the first districts in Ohio to have a LEED certified building at the platinum level. The internationally-recognized certification is given to facilities that are designed to run incredibly efficient and avoid producing too much waste.
In other business from Tuesday’s meeting.
• The board unanimously elected Darryl D. Brown as board president and Marvin J. Homan as board vice president. Both were nominated unopposed.
• Superintendent Lou Kramer reported he is working on the transition of the drop-out prevention curriculum from London Academy back to the district, after members voted to close the charter school at the last meeting. A timeline of the transition will be developed Friday.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.