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Louisville Energy Program to Save City $13.5 Million

Monday October 18, 2010

Johnson Controls to implement facility upgrades that will support local jobs, economy

Energy efficient facility improvements at 24 city buildings in Louisville, KY, are expected to save the city more than $13 million in energy costs over 15 years, the city announced today. The comprehensive energy program is also expected to support the local economy through the creation of more than 80 jobs and $10 million in community spending.

The program, part of a performance contract with Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the global leader in delivering products, services and solutions that increase efficiency in buildings, is part of the Go Green Louisville initiative led by Mayor Jerry Abramson. This initiative sets efficiency goals for 2010, including the reduction of energy usage and fuel consumption by 10 percent.

“The benefits of our partnership with Johnson Controls will extend community-wide,” Abramson said. “It is an investment with guaranteed returns that will not only make many of the city’s buildings more efficient , reducing our environmental impact, but one that will also bring in more than 80 green collar jobs.”

Energy efficient improvements include: lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning system upgrades; building envelope enhancements, including new insulation; the implementation of personal computer energy management programs; and the installation of a building energy management system. Municipal buildings to be impacted by the energy program include the Hall of Justice, Metro Hall Annex, City Hall Annex and the Fiscal Court building.

“We commend Mayor Abramson and the city of Louisville for their ongoing commitment to energy efficiency,” said Dave Peters, regional vice president, Energy Solutions, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency. “These facility upgrades support local economic prosperity while reducing the city’s carbon footprint, making the community a leader in sustainability.”

Each building to receive improvements will realize a significant reduction in energy usage upon program completion. Additionally, the city will reduce its overall environmental impact and save more than 7,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent to planting 185,000 trees and removing nearly 1,500 passenger vehicles from the road.

The project began in October 2010, and is expected to be complete during the summer of 2012.

About Louisville
Louisville is committed creating a more environmentally friendly community with its Go Green Louisville program. The program focuses on five areas where everyone can make a difference: saving energy, protecting our water, cleaning our air, preserving our air, and recycling.

In 2005, Mayor Jerry Abramson signed the US Conference of Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement. The agreement obligates communities that sign it to undertake an effort and process to reduce the community’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 7% below 1990 levels by 2012. Last March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Louisville Metro Government with a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for the city’s outstanding efforts to become more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in over 150 countries. Our 130,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. For additional information, please visit

About Johnson Controls Building Efficiency

Johnson Controls Building Efficiency is a leading provider of equipment, controls and services for heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and security systems for buildings. Operating from 500 branch offices in 150 countries, we deliver products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs for over one million customers. We are involved in more than 500 renewable energy projects including solar, wind and geothermal technologies. Our solutions have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 13.6 million metric tons and generated savings of $7.5 billion since 2000. Many of the world’s largest companies rely on us to manage 1.5 billion square feet of their commercial real estate.