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County aims for energy efficiency

All Dakota County-owned buildings will receive energy assessments soon.

At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners authorized the execution of a contract with Sebasta Blomberg and Associates for $99,820 to complete the audits of the 24 buildings.

Eighty thousand dollars of funding will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and $19,280 from the miscellaneous project fund.

Dakota County has established a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings by 10 percent by 2015. At its Feb. 5 meeting, the commissioners solicited proposals for energy audits from eight engineering firms that specialize in energy assessments. Five firms submitted proposals.

The primary objective of the energy audit is to identify potential system improvements and employee behaviors that will reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The audits will identify capital projects, system operating procedures, and occupant actions that will help the county achieve the 10 percent reduction target.

Sebasta Blomberg and Associates is an international engineering-based consulting firm, headquartered in Roseville that provides a wide range of engineering consulting services to both public and private organizations.

The 24 buildings total more than 1,365,00 square feet of space.