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LESS ENERGY EQUALS MORE MONEY Thermal energy storage tanks are used at Riverview High School in Sarasota. All photos courtesy Sarasota County Schools THE SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOLS REALIZED $16 MILLION IN SAVINGS THROUGH A FIVE-YEAR PROGRAM TO REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION By Scott Proffitt Staff Writer A five-year contract initiated by the Sarasota County School Board with Cenergistic Inc. (formerly Energy Education Inc.) has resulted in savings of $16 million, the school district has announced. erwise will continue. So I see us still meeting with their mechanical engineers and see them informing us of new technologies and developments they have learned from other sites," Lempe added. The Sarasota News Leader caught up with the district's chief operating officer, Scott Lempe, to see how he felt about the program and find out what is next. "We are at the front end of a very long relationship with Cenergistic," he pointed out. According to the press release, the Polk County school district has continued working with "First of all, just because our contract is up, Cenergistic for free and for a very long time. doesn't mean our relationship with Cenergis- "The [Polk County] district has been out of tic stops," Lempe said. "The contract with us contract with the company for over 20 years, financially, where they get 30 percent of the but [it] still [receives] training for new enersavings, has ended, but our relationship oth- gy managers, data assistance … free nation-

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