At a special meeting of the Dublin ISD board of trustees on Tuesday night, the future of energy consumption within the district was discussed. Ron Hensley, with Texas Energy Outfitters, presented some options to the board regarding “green” energy and ways it could be used within the district.
“This is a great location for wind power,” said Hensley.
Wind power was not the only discussion that involved green energy. Hensley showed the school board a product named the g.e.s.p.e.r, a power surge protector that helps shave 25 percent off electricity bills. The device contains a cluster of capacitors, and sits between the meter and wires. The g.e.s.p.e.r is in use at many locations across the country, including many school districts and the DFW airport, and has just been patented by the USDA for use in both residential and commercial buildings.
“I’m trying to get everyone hooked up with a g.e.s.p.e.r, it is just so useful for surge protecting, lightning protection and savings on energy bills,” said Hensley.
Hensley brought a local dairy farmer, who has been experimenting with the device on her land, to the meeting. Deb Oldengarm has been using Hensley’s services on her dairy and is very pleased with the results.
“The g.e.s.p.e.r has cut our electricity bills and fixed some wiring problems that we had,” said Oldengarm.
The discussion of green energy came back to wind farming and the benefits that could be gained by the Dublin ISD. Hensley presented some ideas about harnessing the wind to provide the district with a renewable resource possibility.
“There are many options for wind energy,” Hensley said. “The school can stay hooked up to the grid and only use the wind at night, using the blades to turn back the ticks on the meter. They could also harness enough energy to sell back to the grid. There are plans at all ends of the spectrum.”
The board voted to allow Hensley to do a pre-feasibility study at all DISD campuses, at a cost of $900. Hensley will look over the facilities, energy bills and wiring to determine the state of the school buildings and what can be done to improve energy consumption.