In November 2010, the City of Berea received a $125,000 grant to make strategic energy-saving investments at the community level. City officials chose to focus on municipal utility operations.
The City of Berea owns Berea Municipal Utility (BMU) which provides electricity, water and sewer services for many households and businesses in and around the city. From MACED’s Energy Efficient Enterprises (E3) team, the city obtained an electricity billing analysis and walkthrough assessment. E3’s energy specialist helped the city identify energy and cost savings. It was clear that the highest wattage warehouse lights that were used the most hours per day needed to be retrofitted. This led to a lighting upgrade at the BMU building that greatly reduced electricity use and cost. Fortunately, the grant money covered the cost of replacing all of the office and warehouse lighting at BMU.
In September 2011, ESE Electrical was awarded the city contract to upgrade BMU’s office lighting for $28,812 and the warehouse lighting for $19,876. The following upgrades were implemented: