District: Turbine not up to speed; School contends savings falling short of promises
"When the parties entered into the performance contract, it was understood and agreed that JCI cannot control wind speed or consistency," Claudius Anderson, a Johnson Controls regional operations manager, said in an April 23 letter to Cox. ...The district's claim for payment for an "alleged energy savings shortfall is not consistent with - nor is it in the spirit of - the agreement," Anderson wrote.
July 9, 2012
by David Giuliani
in Sauk Valley News
ERIE - The Erie school district is touted as the first in the United States to power more than one building with a single wind turbine.
But district officials say they are not happy, because the turbine hasn't brought the promised savings.
With the current rate of savings, the district now estimates the payback time will be twice as long - 24 years instead of 12, Superintendent Brad Cox said.
Through a public records request, Sauk Valley Media has obtained correspondence between the district and Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc., which was general contractor for installation of the turbine.
The 230-foot-high turbine has been in... [continue via Web link]