St. Louis’ largest and most energy-intensive buildings will soon have help identifying opportunities for savings after the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a bill this week that establishes an energy monitoring, or “benchmarking,” requirement for certain commercial properties.
The bulk of the large commercial buildings that will be affected by the ordinance are in Ward 7, which includes much of downtown.
Sponsor Jack Coatar, 7th Ward alderman, says building managers were largely receptive to the measure, since many are already taking steps to trim electricity consumption.
In November, St. Louis became one of 20 cities nationwide to be selected for the benchmarking initiative, known as the City Energy Project.
A joint venture of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation, the project provides both the funding and technical support for tracking energy usage in large buildings, giving them the tools to save power and money.
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