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"Special Energy Project Team," Week of May 9, 2011

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Employees of the Week: Pauline Alvarado, Planning Department Annette Medina, Planning Department Valerie Barela, Police Department Frances Gonzales, Finance & Administrative Services Department

The Special Energy Project team was given an assignment to come up with a sustainability project that would be beneficial to the City of Albuquerque. This project was one of several which were ultimately selected for city-wide implementation.

The team is being honored for their proposal to utilize ‘WattStopper’ devices throughout city buildings and office spaces. At their suggestion, the devices were distributed to the various city departments. These power strips hold up to six different outlets and are powered by a censor that is placed somewhere on an employees desk or work station. If there is more than thirty minutes of inactivity or movement, four of the six outlets turn off and two of the six stay on continuously.

The team accomplished the efficiency project while still maintaining their usual workloads within their own specific departments. Because of their hard work and diligence, the city received a PNM rebate for just over $100,000.

“This project wasn’t only about saving money, though that is an important component. In addition to the savings, the implementation of the proposal that this team came up with allows the city to reduce its energy use and be a responsible steward of our resources. This is a win-win for our community,” said Mayor Berry.

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