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    Energy Savings Performance Contracting Technical Energy Audit Services

    McKinstry helps public agencies with the design, construction, and financial insight needed to reduce capital costs, increase revenue, and maximize the value of your taxpayer dollars.

    Maintaining your municipal infrastructure is no easy feat. Your per view consists of buildings, street lighting, wastewater plants, utility meters, pools, civic centers, jails, public safety buildings, convention centers, public assembly facilities and athletic complexes. McKinstry understands the unique challenges associated with each of these. Energy savings are certainly important, but not the only thing to be considered when understanding the environmental, political and economic components of a community.

    When it comes to light levels in streets or mechanical equipment in buildings, energy efficiency and commitment to sustainability tends to get a community's attention. McKinstry assists with public outreach to educate and respond to community questions, comments and concerns.

    Tacoma Wastewater Treatment facility; The City of Tacoma, WA

    Tacoma Wastewater Treatment Facility

    Project Dates: Audit and Design: 2015-2017; Anticipated Construction Completion: 2018
    The waste-water treatment plant for the City of Tacoma treats approximately 15 million gallons of wastewater per day. The project measures include replacing mixers in a digester, upgrading lighting, heat recovery off of the solids leaving the digester, and adding flare-gas cleaning/compression equipment.

    The Tacoma project is first Pacific Northwest installation of this innovative new solution for biogas systems less than 300 SCFM.

    Measures of Successful Implementation:

    • McKinstry analyzed the use of biogas with the best life-cycle net present value, including re-evaluation of onsite boiler use.
    • McKinstry arranged project financing so no upfront capital was required and the project creates immediate and continuous positive cash flow for the City.
    • Project will generate $1,392,000 in total annual revenue/savings.
    • McKinstry's own engineers, project managers, and mechanical and electrical construction teams participated, gaining unique experience with this solution.
    • The flare gas is cleaned and compressed to create CNG for fleet-vehicle fuel which accounts for the majority of the project savings
    • Annual renewable credit revenue of $1.08 million
    • Annual RNG savings of $265,000
    • Electrical savings of $23,000

    Jeffereson County, CO

    Jeffereson County

    Project Dates: March 2013 - September 2015
    Project Value: $11M over 3 phases

    McKinstry assisted in obtaining a $2,200,000 ARRA EECBG grant and provided a solar thermal system, five solar PV systems, solar PV/wind-powered parking lot lights, lighting and lighting control retrofits, and public kiosks to educate residents and staff about renewable energy efforts. At the library, first-year savings were $400,000 and the county has seen a consistent 30-35% drop in electricity consumption.

    For Phase II in 2015, we completed an ESPC for nine additional facilities projected to add $107,000 annually to initial project savings representing over $4,200,000 in cumulative savings over the lifetime of the project.


    The City of Bellingham partnered with McKinstry to convert its streetlights to LED fixtures, cutting energy consumption by as much as 60% while saving $240,000 in annual energy savings. That’s 18,000 retired light bulbs that the city no longer has to pay for, power and maintain. Read the case study to learn more.