FWISD Reduces Utility Usage by 21 Percent Thanks to Innovative Cenergistic Energy Conservation Program
(Fort Worth, Tex., Jan. 10, 2020) — Fort Worth Independent School District announces its partnership with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company, has reduced the energy footprint of FWISD by 21 percent from the program’s start. These savings have arisen despite FWISD adding an additional 2.5 million square feet of conditioned space over that timeline. FWISD’s focus on energy conservation and the success of the energy program combined to reduce district annual electricity cost from $20 million in 2010 to less than $14 million in 2019.
The impact of the energy program has accumulated impressive national recognition. A total of 116 FWISD schools and facilities have earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification — the most of any district in the state of Texas. Only schools performing at superior energy efficiency levels are eligible to receive ENERGY STAR® designation. To further the impact of this success, FWISD has committed to complying with the standards of the Better Buildings Challenge, a movement sponsored by the Department of Energy to advance energy conservation across industries.
“Through the efforts of our partnership, we’ve been able to drop our usage of energy to more sustainable levels,” said Dr. Kent Scribner, FWISD Superintendent. “The value of this program has extended beyond dollar savings. As we try to become a leading District of Innovation, the success of this program has shown we can likewise become a leading district of innovative energy conservation.”
FWISD personnel work closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts and Energy Specialists to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the organization to achieve peak efficiency. The Energy Specialist tracks energy consumption at all campuses through state-of-the-art smart technology to identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.
“What has really furthered our energy-saving abilities is the technology available,” said Sharon Bittner, one of five Energy Specialists for FWISD. “The GreenX app allows us to be proactive in our approach to energy conservation, alerting us to issues at even the smallest meters as they arise, rather than reacting to utility bills months after the fact.”
The success of this hand-in-hand partnership has drastically reduced FWISD’s carbon footprint. The carbon emissions avoided from the energy program equate to approximately 151 million miles driven or the energy use of 10,505 houses in a year.
“Cenergistic really gets it. They see our need to reduce our energy spend so that money can be redirected to student needs,” said Art Cavazos, FWISD Chief Operations Officer. “Ultimately, the success of this program will enable us to close our funding gaps, continue our path of raising compensation and supply key programming important to student achievement.”
About Fort Worth ISD
With more than 84,000 students in 82 elementary schools, 24 middle schools and 6th grade centers, 21 high schools and 16 other campuses, Fort Worth ISD enjoys a diverse student population and strong community partnerships. Under the leadership of the superintendent and the Board of Education, the District is undergoing a series of initiatives that will redesign, transform, and revitalize Fort Worth ISD Schools.
Since 1986 Cenergistic has helped 1,400+ K-12 districts, institutions of higher education, governments and health care facilities find $5.5 billion and counting in hidden electricity, natural gas and water savings by applying our advanced software platform and sustainability-as-a-service solutions. Organization leaders can reduce utility spending by 20–30 percent annually with no capital investment while improving the comfort and quality of building environments. For more than a decade, Cenergistic has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year or Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence. To learn more, visit www.cenergistic.com.