Craighead County partners with Entergy Arkansas for energy efficiency

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Lake City Pilot Project at the Eastern District Courthouse has been a "win win" situation for Craighead County. In addition to replacing outdated lighting in and around the municipal building with the new retrofitted LED lighting, the county received an incentive check in the amount of $2,841.73.

Craighead County received incentive for an energy efficiency project. Pictured are, from left: Troy Cox with CCB Energy Consultants; Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd; Craighead County Judge Ed Hill; Beau Blankenship, Entergy Arkansas program manager; Garland Tipton, Eastern District deputy sheriff; and Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Craighead County Judge Ed Hill, Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd, Eastern District Deputy Sheriff Garland Tipton, and Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan were on hand Thursday, June 18, for the presentation of the check.

The new lighting will reduce the overall energy usage as well as improve the lighting.

"We have been pleased with the overall outcome of the project," Judge Hill said. "We were fortunate to partner with Entergy Arkansas. Lake City was a test project that worked so well we are in the planning process to retrofit other county facilities. The incentives from Entergy provided a quicker return on the lighting investment."

The new lighting was installed several months ago and the staff all agree there is no comparison to the old lighting.

Deputy Sheriff Tipton said the lighting throughout the offices is three times better.

Brenda Milligan and Donna Mills both work in the office praised the lighting and the contractors for doing an excellent job.

"It has made a much better work environment," Miller said. "As far as maintenance, it has been great. We were having lights go out every two weeks."

Milligan said in addition to being eco-friendly it has improved their work environment tremendously.

"The contractors who installed the lighting system were great to work with," Milligan said. "They came in and did the job in three or four days. They did a great job and it has made a world of difference. In addition to being energy efficient, it has given us a 100 percent better working environment."

Entergy Arkansas' CitySmart Program provides government, government-owned institutions and public/private education entity customers with no-cost energy efficiency improvement recommendations and financial incentives based on the total amount of energy the improvements will save. The county's upgrades will save more than 28,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which is equivalent to planting 15 acres of forested area in reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Beau Blankenship, program manager for Entergy Arkansas, Inc., was in Lake City on Thursday for the presentation. He expressed his appreciation to Craighead County officials for their participation.

"The high-efficiency lighting installed by the county will help reduce their annual electric energy costs, as well as reduce the need for future power generation, in turn, saving energy costs for all of Entergy Arkansas' customers. CitySmart is just one of many programs offered by Entergy Arkansas, Inc. to help our customers lower their electric bill," Blankenship said.

Residential and business customers can find more information at:

www.entergyarkansas.com/energy_efficiency/.

Also in Lake City for the presentation were Troy and Jimmy Cox with CCB Energy Consultants, one of Entergy Arkansas' participating contractors.

"They were instrumental in the success of our Lake City Pilot Project," Tony Thomas, assistant to Judge Hill, said. "From the initial sales presentation to the lighting installation, the process with CCB Energy Consultants was marked by honesty and integrity. Bottom line - they did what they said they would do."

Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations.

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