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Alexandria to participate in state's energy efficiency program

Alexandria is one of just two cities in the state selected for a new program to evaluate the energy efficiency of city buildings.

The Alexandria City Council recently agreed to participate in the Public Buildings Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program (PBEEEP).

It's offered through the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security and administered by the Center for Energy and Environment.

The city approved an agreement with the center to allow it to complete the screening phases of the PBEEEP.

There is no cost to the city during the screening phase.

City facilities that will be likely be assessed include City Hall, the airport arrival-departure building, the airport snow removal equipment building, the airport hangar, the fire station, street garage and the Runestone Community Center.

As part of the agreement, a representative from the center will walk through the city's buildings, talk to staff who know about the energy systems, and collect data about each building's past energy consumption.

Each walk-through is expected to take between four and six hours.

If the screening phase indicates that there are opportunities for energy conservation measures, a new agreement will be required for an investigation phase, according to Marty Schultz, assistant city administrator.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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