Lake Worth’s Utilities Director leaving next month

jack-borschLAKE WORTH — John “Jack” Borsch, director of Lake Worth Electric Utilities, has resigned, effective Feb. 26, the city said.

Borsch, who has been in the position since August 2015, is moving to Houston where he will manage a fleet of power stations along the Eastern Seaboard for IHI Industrial. The company is based in California.

“I love the city and have worked hard to make positive changes over the last two years,” Borsch said in a statement. “This decision was not one based on any malcontent with the city but rather was based on a positive opportunity that would allow me to be located closer to family.”

In the same statement, City Manager Michael Bornstein called Borsch a “strong leader” and a “key part” of his management team.

In Borsch’s time with the city, Lake Worth Electric Utilities has closed the gap on Florida Power & Light Co.’s  rates bringing Lake Worth on the verge of rate parity for residential properties, the city said. Lake Worth has also seen fewer power outages during hurricanes and storms.

Only 144 customers, for instance, lost power late Sunday night when a storm tore through Palm Beach County, the city said.

Next month the city is scheduled to host a ribbon cutting ceremony for its Solar Panel Energy Project, which was led by Borsch.

The project has taken a 63-acre landfill off Washington Avenue, just a few blocks west of South Dixie Highway on the south end of the city that was an environmental eyesore and turned it into a producing solar energy field.

The city said the solar panels will generate enough clean energy to power more than 250 homes and reduce carbon emissions by four million pounds — the equivalent of taking 400 cars off the road.

The panels will provide 2 percdent of the city’s electric needs.

Borsch’s department was also at the center of “Light Up  Lake Worth,” a project to replace more than 4,000 old city street ligths and replacing them with enery efficient LED bulbs.

The city said the project will save taxpayers $250,000 annually in energy costs.