Counting Kilowatts at the County
by
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
June 3, 2003

With all the things that cause the cost of living and good government to go up, it is important to reflect on the array of items being considered to improve your County government while saving money.  Rather than list the litany of things we work on at your Courthouse to reduce the cost of government as I have in the past, allow me to share with you a basic outline of the many aspects of Bexar County's first serious Energy Policy discussed at a recent meeting of the Metropolitan Partnership for Energy.  The Partnership includes Bexar County, San Antonio, San Antonio Water System, City Public Service Board, Alamo Area Council of Governments and the Bexar Council of Mayors in which latter group there are about twenty-four mayors. 

Please review this basic outline of what will be Bexar County's first serious energy policy and let me know how you believe we can improve it. 

Bexar County Energy Policy Outline

  1. PURPOSE
  2. MEASUREMENT
  3. ENERGY COUNCIL
  4. STAKEHOLDERS
  5. CONSERVATION TARGETS
    1. Lighting (Public Works)
    2. Temperature Control (Public Works)
    3. Office Culture (Policy & Resource Management)
    4. Infrastructure (Buildings, Paving, Parks) (Public Works)
    5. Water Conservation (Public Works)
    6. Waste Reduction (Public Works, Purchasing Department, Housing & Human Services—Extension Service)
    7. County Fleet and Employee Transportation (Public Works—Fleet, Planning & Resource Management)
    8. Purchasing/Procurement (Purchasing Department, Planning & Resource Management)
    9. County Housing Policy (Housing and Human Services)
  6. RENEWABLES
    1. Solar
      1. Thermal
      2. Photovoltaic
    2. Alternative Fuel Vehicles
      1. E-85, Propane and other fuels

This is the kind of basic focus we will be giving our County operations.  Your input is much appreciated.

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