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City Council approved a $6 million energy-savings project during Thursday's meeting. Council members say they are confident in the contractor's guarantee that the 23 upgrades to the city's streetlights, buildings and other facilities will save the city more money than the project costs. The project will be managed by Johnson Controls, which analyzed the city's energy use and recommended changes to save on utility and maintenance costs. Using that analysis, the company estimates the upgrades can save $11.1 million over 20 years, about $3 million more it will cost after interest. And, according to the contract and promises made by Johnson Control officials at the meeting, it will reimburse the city for any shortfalls on the estimated savings.
9/28 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News