AEM to Upgrade Conservation at Correctional Facility

Lime Energy, a leader in energy efficiency solutions, on Feb. 2 announced its Applied Energy Management (AEM) subsidiary has been awarded a contract to provide water conservation upgrades for a correctional facility in Maryland.

Under the contract with an ESCO partner, AEM will install water-saving technologies including new low-flow water closets and faucet aerators in common areas and foot pedal control valves on kitchen sinks. In addition, AEM will be installing a new automated water control system that will provide even greater water savings without the need to replace existing tamper-proof water closets in the cells. The value of the contract is approximately $1 million.

"This project is a good example of how customers can reduce their water usage and cost," stated Jim Smith, vice president of AEM. "Projects like this typically reduce water usage by 25 percent to 30 percent resulting in conservation of water resources as well as reductions in water, water heating, and sewage bills."

"Water conservation has become an extremely important component of energy efficiency and conservation measures," stated David Asplund, chief executive officer of Lime Energy. "More and more states across the country have, or are considering mandates to conserve water. For example, any building owned, leased, or managed by the state of Maryland is required to reduce its water use by 10 percent by the year 2010. The federal government issued an Executive Order in 2007 to reduce water use by federal facilities 2 percent annually through fiscal year 2015. The Environmental Protection Agency established its own internal goal to reduce its total water use by 15 percent by 2010. We see this as an exciting, important, and growing business for our partners and Lime Energy," Asplund concluded.

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