The management of energy is an essential part of county operations. The Henrico County Energy Management program’s primary purpose is identifying and implementing energy efficiency projects for county facilities, to reduce both resource use and associated costs. These efforts include the general government, public schools, and public utilities. The county Energy Manager also supports green building design and construction practices for new construction and major renovation projects.
The Energy Management program strives to improve energy education and foster a culture of efficiency and sustainability. One way this is accomplished is through the annual Energy Fair. Henrico County employees, teachers, students, and visitors have enjoyed learning about energy and sustainability services, technologies, and civic programs by attending the fairs over the years.
Awards for the Energy Management program have been received from the Virginia Municipal League, Virginia Sustainable Building Network, Virginia Association of Counties, National Association of Counties, and the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council.
Henrico’s energy initiatives have been publicized through videos produced for Henrico County Television such as “From the Garbage to the Grid: A Powerful By-Product of Henrico’s Trash” and “Energy Wise: The Henrico County Energy Management System”. These videos can be viewed at http://henrico.us/pr/hctv-program-schedule/alphabetical-list/alphabetical-list-d-h/.
Now in its 14th year, the program continues with its mission to develop Henrico County Government and Schools as a leading local authority for sustainable energy use and to promote the importance of good energy management for the economic and environmental well-being of the county’s residents and employees.