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GSA FORECASTS $7.3 MILLION IN ENERGY REBATES FOR FY 1993

 GSA FORECASTS $7.3 MILLION IN ENERGY REBATES FOR FY 1993
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Administrator Richard G. Austin of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) said he expects the agency to receive about $7.3 million in energy rebates this year -- up nearly seven-fold from the $1.2 million the agency received from utility companies last year -- for projects GSA has undertaken to increase energy efficiency in its 7,500 buildings nationwide.
 Austin said the push to upgrade energy technology in GSA's building inventory is part of the Bush administration's national energy strategy.
 The rebates are cash or credit incentives offered by utility companies to help commercial customers defray the cost of installing energy efficient motors, high efficiency air conditioning, improved lighting systems and other energy-saving technologies in public and private buildings.
 "Controlling energy consumption makes sense for the rate payer, the utility companies and communities at-large by holding the line on energy costs, improving the environment and reducing the need to build new power plants," Austin said.
 GSA's most significant initiatives were made in 1991 following an executive order signed by President Bush calling for reduction in the use of energy in federal buildings nationwide. That year GSA received $188,631 in energy rebates.
 Last year, rebates for retrofitting and upgrading projects totaled $1,164,072, including $101,232 from Potomac Electric Power Co. for energy-saving lighting improvements GSA made in several of its greater Washington area buildings.
 Austin said last month Consolidated Edison Co. of New York presented a rebate check for $1.2 million to GSA for lighting retrofit and chiller replacement projects it has completed at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in lower Manhattan, N.Y.
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