By Washington Business Journal

Constellation Energy Group Inc. has completed energy projects at two federal prisons it says will save the facilities a combined $2.2 million per year in utility costs.

At FCI Fairton, a minimum security federal prison in Fairton, N.J., Constellation installed a solar power system, upgraded existing electrical systems and implemented water conservation measures it says will cut the prisonâ¿¿s energy use by 27 percent and water consumption by 42 percent, and reduce expenses by $800,000 annually.

At FCC Petersburg, a low and medium security facility near Richmond, Constellation installed an on-site biomass heating system â¿¿ the first ever installed at a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility â¿¿ as well as a solar power system and a geothermal heat pump system. The upgrades will save the facility $1.4 million per year, it says.

⿿All of our federal customers are seeking new ways to reduce energy usage and costs and green their operations without incurring significant capital improvement costs,⿝ said Michael Smith, senior vice president of green initiatives for Constellation. ⿿

Constellation (NYSE: CEG) did not disclose financial terms of its contracts with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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