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A Report on the Environmental Impact of the Texas LoanSTAR Program from May 1989 to September 1995
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The Texas LoanSTAR (Loans to Save Taxes and Resources) program was created by the state of Texas in 1989 to lend money for energy conserving improvements, or retrofits, in public buildings. As of September 1995 the LoanSTAR program is measuring savings for 22 loan sites covering 153 buildings where retrofits have been fully or partially completed. The completed retrofits show $21.1 million in measured savings, which is more than 119% of the energy savings predicted by the energy auditors. This corresponds to 23.9% of the pre-retrofit consumption cost at these sites. Through energy savings, the Texas LoanSTAR program has made a significant contribution towards reducing hazardous environmental emissions.
DescriptionThere are a number of factors that influence emission factors. The three major pollutants considered in this analysis are CO2, SO2, and NOX. Emission factors from three different sources were considered for this report. This analysis shows that as of September, 1995, there has been a reduction in emissions of 1.88 million pounds of NOX, 1.19 million pounds of SO2, and 532 million pounds of CO2 through the implementation of energy conservation measures in the Texas LoanSTAR program.
Abbas, M.; Turner, W. D.; Claridge, D. E.; Haberl, J. S.; Saman, N. F. (1995). A Report on the Environmental Impact of the Texas LoanSTAR Program from May 1989 to September 1995. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu), Texas A&M University; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from