Project Summary / Abstract File
Name of applicant: City of Shreveport
Project Director: Wes Wyche
Project Title: Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up
Objectives of the project:
The objectives of the Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up program over six years are to create 4,926
jobs, maintain 499 jobs, retrofit 78,500 residential buildings, and retrofit 2,120 governmental and
public buildings for a total square footage of 97,085,779. Average utilities savings achieved per
unit retrofitted is $1,442 at six years. In addition, the City and its partners have projected a 20%
reduction in overall energy consumption throughout the City of Shreveport and partnering
Description of the project: The proposal builds on Shreveport’s Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Strategy (EECS) and coordinates with the Shreveport Comprehensive Energy
Efficiency and Conservation Plan (CEECP) process that changes the entire community through
an engagement method of “strategic doing” and alignment of regional higher education to
support innovation and green workforce development. Basic components include:
Implement regional collaborative strategies to overcome the barriers to energy market
transformation that will result in broader market participation and greater efficiency from
retrofits: a) Access to Information (organizing the community), b) Access to Financing
(financing and incentives such as local revolving loan program, expansion of the state
revolving loan program, PACE, Energy Efficient Mortgages, bond programs, tax credit
strategies and others); and c) Access to Skilled Workforce (nonprofit, education and industry
partners will provide the platform for training the regional workforce with a replicable model
of growing and sustaining communities socially, economically, environmentally and
Complete design and pilot retrofit program for an existing Brownfields building in the
historic business district as the Center of Community Renewal.
Audit and Retrofit regional Governmental and Higher Education Buildings to achieve a
minim 20% energy savings.
Audit and Retrofit Residential properties using a “whole neighborhood” approach.
Methods to be employed:
a. Workshops, Training and Education will include 1) a web based information clearing house, 2) a
cooperative strategy; b. Commercial Buildings and Audits; c. Building Retrofits; d. An Approach for
Commercial Energy Audits; e. Performance Contracting; and f. Measurement & Verification
Potential impact of the project. The implementation of Louisiana Retrofit Ramp-Up will produce
profitable “green” businesses with high quality, well paid jobs, while retrofitting our cities’ building
stock. This program will revitalize our cities, improving the quality of life.
Major participants: City of Shreveport, New Orleans Federal Alliance, Schneider Electric, Consortium
for Education, Research and Technology of North Louisiana (CERT), Community Renewal International
(CRI), Gulf GeoExchange, and Regen.