The city of Houston, Texas, has launched a $23 million project to improve the energy efficiency of 19 city facilities as part of the city's participation in the Clinton Climate Initiative Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program. Schneider Electric will complete the work under a performance contract with the city and the company guarantees that Houston will save $1.8 million annually over the 15-year contract.

Energy conservation measures in the project include central plant improvements, adding or updating building management systems, installing new or upgraded HVAC equipment, retrofitting lighting fixtures with more efficient fixtures, adding lighting controls, and installing water-saving plumbing fixtures. Among the facilities set to be retrofit are Houston's city hall building, municipal courts, police headquarters and academy, water purification plant, and two branch libraries.

The collaboration between Schneider Electric and the city of Houston follows a prior $9.6 million performance contract implemented in 2009. That project involved energy-efficient enhancements in seven city buildings and is set for completion this spring. Schneider Electric guarantees $719,513 annual savings from this project. The new, second performance contract, is set to be completed in August 2011.