Guam – The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA) and the Guam Energy Office (GEO) has entered into a Contract Agreement with Taniguchi Ruth Makio Architects to perform a Professional Energy Audit on several GovGuam buildings housing the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (DMHSA), Agriculture (DOAg), Corrections (DOC), Parks and Rec (DPR), Public Health (DPHSS), Public Works (DPW), Youth Affairs (DYA), Guam Fire (GFD), GEO, Guam Police (GPD), Nieves M. Flores Memorial Public Library, and the Recovery Coordination Office.
According to the Agreement, Professional Energy audits will determine retrofitting projects that seek to reduce operational costs, promote energy efficiency, highlight the importance of protecting the environment, and create conservation awareness. GEPA/GEO Administrator Elisabeth T. Cruz, Esq. said “I am very proud and excited to be part of an effort that is taking steps to protect our environment and help save the taxpayers money.”
Through President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the Government of Guam (GovGuam) a total of $19, 098, 000.00 to implement the ARRA State Energy Program (Grant No. ARRA DE-EE0000219). After retrofitting and installation of energy efficient technologies, the buildings will be the models setting the standard for energy efficiency. According to the agreement, it has been projected GovGuam is to see an overall energy savings estimated at 30% for the program covered by TRMA.