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The energy efficiency measures City of Albudeite will reduce nearly 80 percent of its electricity bill (01/03/2016)

The energy audit carried out in the city of Albudeite by the Institute of Development in the Region of Murcia (Info) under the ELENA-Fuensanta project (European Local Energy Assistance) has identified a series of actions that will help reduce consumption energy and environmental impact of the Consistory and reduce your electricity bill by nearly 80 percent.

Among the proposed measures include reducing the power contracted by 76 percent, from 145.51 kilowatts (kW) at 48.44.

The director of Info, Javier Celdrán, presented this morning the results of the energy audit the mayor of Albudeite, Jesus Garcia, noting that "this European initiative commitment of the regional government and public administrations is shown with the environment and the aim of reducing energy consumption and pollutant emissions, "he said.

In the case of the City Council, the energy audit performed on the installation of street lighting has allowed inventoried a total of 751 luminaries, most sodium vapor high pressure, and 418 fluorescent tubes over four dashboards, representing an annual consumption of 0.6 million kW per hour, representing an annual cost of 100,000 euros.

It is proposed to carry out an investment would be around 255,000 euros to change all luminaires to LED technology, leaving consumption by 0.14 million kW per hour and reduce the energy bill by 77,000 euros a year.

With the reduction of the contracted power and investment proposal in type LED lighting, energy consumption would be reduced by 76.66 percent, leaving the annual bill in just 23,000 euros per year.

The period of return on this investment project is just over three years.

With the ELENA-Fuensanta project, the regional government intends to mobilize an investment of 32 million euros in various energy efficiency measures to reduce energy consumption, make it more efficient and reduce CO2 emissions.

So far, they have already been mobilized more than eight million euros.

"These audits are the first step to reduce energy consumption, allowing make a fixed how are the facilities and what is the use of administrations and then make decisions and appropriate action picture," said the director of Info.

Eleven municipalities committed

These actions on energy efficiency, many municipalities had planned to perform within its Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy (PAES), seeking to comply with the Europe 2020 agenda of the European Union, which includes reducing by 20 percent the energy demand through energy efficiency actions, getting 20 percent of the energy consumed comes from renewable and get 20 percent emissions reduction.

Municipalities committed to this project are Albudeite, Totana, San Javier, Ceuta, Sewer, Eagles, Abarán, Alhama de Murcia, Las Torres de Cotillas, Cehegín and San Javier.

The project was launched in December 2009 by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support projects on energy efficiency and renewable energy, facilitating funding from the Intelligent Energy for Europe to help regions and cities to implement viable investment projects in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable urban transport.

So far, a total of 12 municipalities have signed agreements with info within the framework of this project, pledging to perform energy audits and develop actions necessary to reduce their energy impact.

In total, it is anticipated savings in annual energy bill of more than 4.5 million euros and a saving in energy consumption of at least 40 percent, and a reduction in CO2 emissions over 6000 tonnes (tons) per year.

Source: CARM

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