County sees energy savings

Scott Clark, project director with SmartWatt Energy Inc., briefs the Fulton County Board of Supervisors' Buildings and Grounds/Highway Committee on county energy savings Monday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. To his right is Greg Royer, SmartWatt account executive. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government is starting to see savings from an energy efficiency program it implemented two years ago.

SmartWatt Inc. of Ballston Lake, Saratoga County, had entered into a 2014-15 energy performance contract with the county.

Two representatives of the firm — Greg Royer, account executive, and Scott Clark, project director — briefed the Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee Monday at the County Office Building.

“We have a surplus of just over $6,700 in savings,” Royer said.

The $6,732 in 2016-17 savings came between $114,159 in guaranteed savings and $120,891 in billed savings, he said.

Clark noted Fulton County’s project completed in early 2015 accomplished various energy-saving goals at county government buildings. Work done included: lighting upgrades at the Department of Social Services building, building weatherization, attic insulation, building automation, kitchen hood, PC load management, tank replacement, boiler replacement, water conservation measures, steam trap replacement, transformer replacements and jail boiler replacement.

“We replaced the holding tanks at the jail,” Clark said.

He said the County Officer Building received pieces of energy-efficient equipment, such as a radiator.

For several of the projects, he said the savings were what was expected. He said there has been a “significant” reduction in water expenses at the jail.

In other committee action Monday:

∫ The committee authorized a renewal agreement with the state Unified Court System. The agreement — retroactive to April 1 and running through March 31, 2018– provides reimbursement to the county for cleaning and minor repairs to court spaces. The total contract with the state is $109,795.

∫ Supervisors supported two separate resolutions for contracts with Brezzy’s Cleaning Service. The contracts were for $34,650 for custodial services at the DSS building, and $38,200 for similar services at the County Complex I and II on Route 29. Contracts will be up for final approval by the full board on Nov. 13.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at