Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has proposed a $770,780 bond resolution to “green” yet another major County facility. The funding would provide for a geothermal heating and cooling system to be installed at the Dutchess County Emergency Response Center on Creek Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “Our new Dutchess County Emergency Response Center is an excellent candidate for a geothermal system. This will be our second “green” facility project along with the Eastern Dutchess Government Center in Millbrook. It is very gratifying to see how far our “Dutchess Goes Green” agenda has advanced since I launched it in January.”
Geo-thermal is a method of heating and cooling a building that takes advantage of the natural stable temperature stored in the earth. Geo-thermal heating and cooling is one of the most efficient ways to condition a building. It also reduces the use of non-renewable fossil fuels. Energy savings for the Emergency Response Center are estimated to be approximately $80,000 per year. The payback on the geothermal system is estimated to be 7 to 10 years.
The County is currently finalizing plans for a $10 million upgrade to the Emergency Response Campus which Steinhaus announced in September 2005. Phase One includes a new Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Construction is expected to begin later this year. The upgraded EOC will feature a state-of-the-art Emergency Command Center to coordinate activities in the event of any natural or man-made disaster. It will also feature training classrooms that will provide a lecture type environment with new multi-media systems to allow for distance learning courses to assist local fire and EMS personnel in their training efforts. During the design review process, it was determined the Emergency Response Campus is an ideal candidate for a geo-thermal system.
The County is anticipated to receive a NYSERDA rebate of $40,000 after all initial cash outlays and system installation. This will result in a final net cost of $763,000.
“I am especially pleased we will be able to add this green initiative to another critically important project – the upgrading of our Emergency Response Center. When we can positively impact the quality of life for Dutchess County residents by improving safety and at the same time helping to protect our environment, we are achieving our objectives as public servants,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.
The bond request will be considered by the Dutchess County Legislature in September.