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Atlanta recognized for energy conservation

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ATLANTA (AP) -

The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized Atlanta as a national leader in reducing energy usage.

Spokeswoman for Mayor Kasim Reed, Sonji Jacobs, says 78 buildings in downtown Atlanta made commitments to improve environmental sustainability by reducing energy usage during the first year of the Better Buildings Challenge .

The initiative was launched by President Barack Obama in December 2011.

According to federal energy officials, the United States spends about $200 billion annually to power commercial buildings, and another $200 billion to power industrial facilities.

   Officials say the costs can be reduced by as much as 20 percent through energy efficiency measures, such as LED lighting and upgraded heating and cooling systems.

Jacobs says the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge expects to expand to Midtown and Buckhead in the future.

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