Today’s public officials face the growing challenge of managing in a time of rising energy prices. As owners, occupants and users of public buildings, as well as managers of transportation and public safety infrastructure, knowledge of the basics of energy can help you do your job better and save money for your customers. This workshop introduces participants to the basics of energy from how we measure it, to how it is regulated and priced, to how you can engage exciting new opportunities such as green architecture and renewable energy supplies as part of energy management planning.


Most public buildings are open for business less than 25% of available time, yet lights are on, food is kept fresh, and buildings are heated or cooled 100% of the time. Despite this, an organization’s consumption of energy receives little focus and attention. Furthermore, with such a dependence on energy, most operations do not have preparedness plans that consider energy supply or market pricing. Energy is fast becoming a growing concern for most administrators. Those who choose to simply react to market conditions will not be taking the least cost-effective path, causing public dollars to be spent inefficiently. On the other hand, administrators who choose to understand their operational choices and develop a long-term strategy will be better prepared to entertain new pricing options, take advantage of efficient technologies, obtain financial incentives, and focus budget dollars on core operations. This workshop will introduce attendees to the elements of a sound strategic energy plan and the steps to assure that it is implemented.


Larry F. Myers, PE, CEM, GBE

Larry is s a Sales Representative in the Northeast for TAC Energy Solutions. Mr. Myers assists organizations with the implementation of guaranteed energy savings contracts from project initiation to construction. Further, Mr. Myers helps organizations develop long-term energy strategies. Mr. Myers is a registered Professional Engineer. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, County Commissioners Association of PA, Green Building Association of Central PA, Pennsylvania Facility Managers Association and is the Industry Relations Chairman for Centre Region of American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


Appalachian Regional Commission
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
PA Local Government Training Partnership
Local Development District Association of PA
Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning & Development Commission
Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission
Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning & Development Commission
SEDA-Council of Governments
Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
TAC Energy Solutions
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