An audit by the State of Oregon has found school districts missed out on $40 million of potential energy savings by an ineffective use of money intended to help them save energy.
The audit found that during 2009 and 2010, schools received $15.7 million for energy efficiency measures, such as improved lighting, heating and insulation.
But after examining 6,859 measures taken by schools across Oregon from 2002 to 2010, the audit found:
"....that school districts did not consistently implement the most cost-effective
measures or realize the greatest energy savings. We estimate that, had
districts implemented the top-ranked measures instead, they could
potentially have achieved almost $40 million more in anticipated district
utility bill savings and gained an additional 70% energy reduction over the
collective lives of the measures compared to the estimated results of those
measures that were actually implemented."