1. West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt projecting $4M in energy savings over next 20 years

    West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt projecting $4M in energy savings over next 20 years

    The implementation of energy-saving measures that don't impact the city's bottom line are projected to save West Springfield around $4 million over the next 20 years, according to Mayor Will Reichelt. This fiscal year alone, West Side saved around $140,000 because of the city's commitment to "go green," Reichelt said. The savings are a result of improved efficiency and net metering credits from the community's investment in solar fields in Southwick and Montague, he said. "These energy efficiency improvements did not affect the city's operating budget," Reichelt said. The city, a designated "Green Community ...

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    1. These energy efficiency improvements did not affect the city's operating budget.
    2. We are seeing a substantial savings in actual dollars spent on electricity.
    3. His efforts have brought the building and grounds maintenance of schools, parks, and all other municipal facilities under one management structure.
    4. The combining of departments has resulted in efficient delivery of services, while eliminating duplication of effort.
    5. Doing right by the environment does not have to be costly.
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