LEAP Already Saving Thousands of Dollars and Kilowatts Around Duluth

By KBJR News 1

September 17, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Organizers say the community-wide Local Energy Action Plan in the Duluth Area is saving energy, but more can still be done.

Some progress made includes installing efficient windows at City Hall and the County Courthouse.

LED lighting and sensors have saved reduced energy use at two parking ramps by 83 percent.

The overall goal of LEAP is to help Duluth become a more prosperous community with a more secure and vibrant economy.

"Throughout all of the city operations including the data center changes where they went from physical services to virtual servers the city saved 1.5 million kilowatt hours," said Dyann Andybur, energy coordinator of Duluth.

After the initial $2.5 million investment into energy saving changes, the City of Duluth should save $440,000 annually.

Other entities such as UMD and St. Louis County have reduced energy consumption as well.

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