Laurel Council approves plan for city energy efficiency program

Laurel Council approves plan for city energy efficiency program

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel City Council has given the green light to a project that will replace many lights in the city, as part of a comprehensive energy saving program.

Tuesday night, the Council adopted a resolution authorizing mayor Johnny Magee to sign an agreement with energy management company Schneider Electric.

The company will upgrade street lights and replace other parts of the city's utility systems.

The cost of the initial phase is about $4 million dollars.

But, city officials said it will save the city about $2.85 million over the next 20 years.

"They'll change HVAC's in the Cameron Center, the Depot, change air and heat in the L.T. Ellis Center, change the lighting in all the buildings, change City Hall to an LED, envelope-wrapped building," said Magee.

"They'll seal up all the cracks and make sure you don't lose energy."

Magee said the Mississippi Development Authority has to approve the plan before work can start.

He also said the city has yet to make a final decision on how to finance the program.