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The Susquehanna County Commissioners met on Wednesday, February 27 in the EMA Conference Room in the county office building with all three commissioners and Deputy Chief Clerk, Kathy Aldrich present.
The February 25 Mountain View School Board meeting wasn't just hot air, but much time was spent discussing how district air could best be used. The meeting essentially opened with a presentation by Milwaukee based Johnson Controls, a company offering its performance contracting services to the district for the purposes of energy efficiency. The representatives present claimed that through PA legislation Act 77, the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act, the district is enabled to find a way to save energy with greater financial freedom, with the assistance of Johnson. Essentially, the district would accrue money from sources with the understanding that these sources would be paid back from the money saved in electricity costs over the next 15 years. Johnson Controls would serve as the contractor, and would guarantee this process, such that if it failed the company would be responsible for the cost. It would first assess the district's current energy situation and propose improvements. Mountain View has specifically expressed potential interest in being assessed regarding the feasibility of wind power. Having already saved in excess of $100,000 through use of its wood chip heating system, wind power would be another feather in the district's renewable resource cap. The representatives from Johnson explained, however, that while they would be very excited to have their first wind project in this state, wind power comes with a very particular set of considerations: wind density, land resources, access to a main grid, site selection, environmental issues, potential grants, etc. Currently, to move forward with the project, it is up to the board to sign a memorandum of understanding, which would allow Johnson Controls to perform an assessment at no cost and no obligation to the district. Were the district to meet the specific requirements for wind power, there is the potential of an income source as power might be sold during off-peak times in the school year.
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