Corpus Christi City Council and staff accepted a check on Tuesday for the $32,326 incentive, earned through its 2013 participation in the AEP Texas CitySmart Program, which helps municipalities save energy and money by providing no-cost facility improvement recommendations. The program also offers financial incentives based on the total amount of energy the new improvements will save.

Since joining the CitySmart program in 2007, Corpus Christi implemented a number of energy efficiency improvements that have earned the city $120,750 in incentives and will save 3,754,533 kilowatt-hours of energy – or nearly $350,000 – annually. According to US EPA, this is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 296,974 gallons of gasoline. To earn its most recent incentive, the city completed three lighting improvement projects at the city hall, municipal court and airport.

“The AEP Texas CitySmart Program continues to provide vital resources that help make these energy efficiency improvements possible,” said Assistant City Manager, Wes Pierson. “We’re proud to make energy efficiency a priority in Corpus Christi and we look forward to future improvements.”

More energy savings are on the horizon for Corpus Christi; it plans to continue its participation in the CitySmart program by completing multiple projects in 2014.

“We identified a real need for an energy efficiency program that specifically targets city buildings,” said AEP EE/DR Coordinator Monica Craig. “This program is an organized effort to bring needed resources and energy efficiency to Texas.”