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West Orange Board of Education Discusses Progress of Energy Savings

Providing the ESIP update are Honeywell staff members, from left, Paul Peters, Sal Corclone at the podium, and William Hillsinger. Credits: Alan Grossman
Andrea Kahn, a member of the law firm McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, said the energy saving numbers should be verified by an impartial third party. Credits: Alan Grossman

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Representatives from Honeywell provided the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) with an update on the Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP), which they said is providing the West Orange public schools with an estimated overall energy savings of 20 percent. They also estimated that this is providing the WOBOE with approximately $759,000 in annual savings.

This program, which began in 2015, will be conclude in the coming months with the completion of the installation of generators that will enable the facilities to be used as community shelters should another major storm hit the area. According to the representatives, the largest energy savings to date have come from installing LED lighting throughout the district, installing occupancy sensors to control lighting, repairing air leaks in the school buildings and putting new roofs on several facilities.

Board member Laura Lab asked the representatives when the district will begin seeing the 4.1 million kilowats in savings as promised by Honeywell in 2015. This past year, the amount of kilowats saved was 946,000. Sal Corcline, of Honeywell, said he would look further into these numbers to confirm their accuracy and get back to the board on this issue.

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Bob Csigi, director of buildings for the West Orange Public Schools, said that Honeywell is responsible for meeting its promises to the district, and that it will honor its commitments.

During public comment on agenda items, attorney Andrea Kahn, a member of the law firm McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, suggested that all numbers regarding energy savings be verified by an inpartial third party or an auditor selected by the WOBOE.

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