Environment and Energy Commission to Discuss Energy Efficiency Programs

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COLUMBIA - The Environment and Energy Commission along with the Mayor's Climate Protection Committee will meet Wednesday to discuss ideas and incentives for energy efficiency and green building.  The two will be looking at current programs and incentives the city has to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and overall energy use.

One of the purposes of this meeting is to inform the Energy Commission's sub committee, which is the Mayor's Climate Protection Committee, of Columbia Water and Light's current programs. 

Tina Worley will make a presentation on Columbia Water and Light's energy efficiency programs and the results.

Dick Parker is a member on the Environment and Energy Commission and also the Water and Light Advisory Board.  He said the city has a number of incentives to encourage energy efficiency.

"Their major program at this point is the Home Performance with Energy Star, where the home is evaluated and recommendations are made to the owner to how to improve it so that it will be more comfortable and energy efficient," Parker said.

He said things like additional insulation, blocking the air leaks where they shouldn't be occurring and changing some equipment in the house can help to be more energy efficient.

Parker said after Worley's presentation on city programs, they will then discuss those plans, any changes to be made and also potential future plans to further energy efficiency.