Utility and Fuel Management
AMS is responsible for the management of utilities (electricity, natural gas, water/sewer, propane, fuel oil) and fuel used by County facilities, vehicles, and equipment. Within AMS, an Energy Management Team has be formed to:
- Provide recommendations to update and manage the County’s existing energy, water and fuel conservation policies and to ensure their alignment with Orange County’s interests;
- Record, analyze, and report energy, water and fuel use information to County stakeholders (Board, County staff, court-system staff, County taxpayers) on an annual basis;
- Educate County stakeholders about energy, water and fuel use and conservation practices;
- Recommend and use energy and water efficient/conserving building systems, maintenance procedures, and equipment to achieve optimal and consistent reductions in use of energy and water at County facilities;
- Recommend and use fuel efficient/conserving vehicles, maintenance procedures, and equipment to achieve optimal and consistent reductions in use of fuel for County vehicles and equipment.
- Manage these collective systems to achieve conservation goals of:
- 20% cumulative energy reduction from the FY 10 baseline, as measured in millions of BTUs per 1,000 sq. ft. of occupied space by FY 15; and an additional 10% cumulative energy reduction by FY 17;
- 5% cumulative water savings as measured by gallons used per square foot of occupied space against the FY 10 baseline by FY 17;
- 10% cumulative fuel savings as measured by total fuel usage against the FY10 baseline by FY 15, and an additional 5% by FY 17.
In keeping with the above goals, the Energy Management Team has issued its inaugural report: