CFISD earns near-six-figure rebate for energy efficiency

November 18, 2016

CenterPoint representatives present a check worth $95,395 to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD during the Nov. 14 Board of Trustees meeting. Pictured, from left, are Dillon Brady, assistant superintendent of facilities and construction; Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools; Debbie Blackshear, CFISD Board member; Jay Bonham, CFISD energy manager; Josh Campbell, CLEAResult program consultant; and David Dzierski, CenterPoint SCORE program manager.
CenterPoint representatives present a check worth $95,395 to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD during the Nov. 14 Board of Trustees meeting. Pictured, from left, are Dillon Brady, assistant superintendent of facilities and construction; Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools; Debbie Blackshear, CFISD Board member; Jay Bonham, CFISD energy manager; Josh Campbell, CLEAResult program consultant; and David Dzierski, CenterPoint SCORE program manager.

Nov. 17, 2016—Representatives from the CenterPoint Energy SCORE (Schools Conserving of Resources Energy) Program presented CFISD with an incentive check for $95,395 during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Nov. 14 for completing multiple energy efficiency projects in 2015-2016.

The SCORE Program rewards school districts for improving energy efficiency at no cost to its participants. CenterPoint SCORE Program manager David Dzierski presented the incentive check to Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools; Debbie Blackshear, Board member; Jay Bonham, energy manager; and Dillon Brady, assistant superintendent of facilities and construction, during the monthly meeting.

Incentives from the SCORE Program are determined by the total amount of energy saved. In the 10 years since the district began participating in the SCORE program in 2006, it has earned $1,261,974.28 in incentives from CenterPoint as a result of the energy efficiency projects implemented.

“We’re very excited to be able to participate in those rebate programs,” said Roy Sprague, associate superintendent of facilities and construction. “We have to prove the efficiencies we’ve implemented on past projects or current projects to qualify the district for the rebates. We can then utilize that rebate money and re-invest it into additional energy management and energy conservation measures without impacting our maintenance and operations budget at buildings and take care of issues that have developed to help improve upon our energy efficiencies at our campuses.”

CFISD has used a past rebate check to install programmable and web-based thermostats in all of the district’s portable buildings. The effort has led to more controlled environments and reduced electricity consumption in the buildings. 

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