The Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize individuals, groups, and agencies for their outstanding contributions in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities.
U.S. Air Force
105th Airlift Wing
Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York
Tom Behany began his 31 year commitment to federal resource efficiency as a United States Postal Service Postmaster in 1986, where he ensured energy-saving devices were installed wherever possible. He continues his career as a vital energy conservation team member at the Stewart Air National Guard Base since 2006. Mr. Behany began his tenure with the 105th Airlift Wing as the Real Property Manager in the Civil Engineering Squadron, while also taking on energy-related duties as the base energy manager. These include monthly manual meter data collection and reporting, energy-related data call responses, energy savings opportunity operational bulletins, and key energy project support, such as a base-wide micro-grid project that completed its first year of operation in 2016. In response to a 2015 plug load audit, Mr. Behany facilitated a customized demand reduction policy aimed at reducing the number of refrigerators, space heaters, and various non-essential plug loads on base. He also played an important supporting role in the development of a new energy-purchasing contract executed by the General Services Administration to reduce electrical consumption costs.
U.S. Air Force
502nd Civil Engineer Squadron
Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
Andy Hinojosa has worked as an engineer for the federal government for more than 32 years. In 2014 he became the lead energy manager over the three installation energy programs that comprise Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA)—Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Fort Sam Houston—encompassing almost 35 million square feet of real property with a utility cost of more than $60 million annually. As energy manager, he has improved the efficiency and resiliency of critical energy, water, and mechanical systems for 11 Air Force properties and 266 major mission partners through energy reduction campaigns, base population education, and four successful energy savings performance contract (ESPC) awards. Under the newest ESPC task order, JBSA will receive a comprehensive package of facility improvements that will cut JBSA’s energy bill by 25%, or $17 million in savings the first year. The project will also integrate energy generation capacity through the construction of a 15 megawatt solar photovoltaic array and the installation of combined heat and power technology with battery storage capacity of 6 megawatts. The estimated JBSA energy savings for the term of the contract is expected to exceed $500 million.
U.S. Department of the Navy
Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy
In 2003 Naval Air Station Sigonella began an ambitious initiative to save energy and water resources that has grown significantly over the past 13 years, due in large part to the efforts of electronics technician Terence Kaden. The site has reduced its average energy intensity by 30 percent since FY 2003, saving 6 million Btu per year. These savings were obtained primary because of Mr. Kaden’s hard work to improve heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) efficiency and the direct digital control system. Mr. Kaden, while an expert in communications and control systems, proactively taught himself many HVAC best practices needed to tune system settings to use less energy, while still maintaining a comfortable ambient temperature. As an integral team member of Public Works, Mr. Kaden is continuously applying energy savings suggestions from installation energy manager while working with the HVAC technicians to troubleshoot the systems, and is seen by all as the base expert for HVAC and energy control systems. Signonella realized $1 million in energy savings in FY 2015 as a result of these improvements, while taking the tile of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Southwest Asia region’s "energy biggest loser" two years in a row.
U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island
Tommy Sailors has served the Navy and Marine Corps in various capacities for more than 18 years. His steady rise and diverse experience in public works has given him the background and know-how required to become one of the most effective, experienced, and dedicated energy managers in the Marine Corps. As the Facilities Support Branch Head at Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, he provides diligent, innovative support to the installation’s energy and utility requirements, resulting in consistent energy and water use intensity reductions for the duration of his tenure. In FY 2016 alone, the site reduced its energy usage intensity by 17% and water intensity by 26% from the prior year, saving the base more than $176,000 in utility costs. He also managed the 2016 award a $4.7 million utility energy services contract for projects estimated to save more than 6.5 billion Btu of energy, 41,000 gallons of water, and $360,000 a year. This is in addition to a $5 million UESC award in 2012 that reduces energy consumption by 17 billion Btu and saves about $500,000 annually.
Paul G. Wirt
U.S. Army Reserve
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Paul Wirt’s 24-year career has been shaped by time with the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Bragg, the Army's Installation Management Command, and his current position the U.S. Army Reserve Installation Management Directorate's. In each of these roles, Mr. Wirt promoted a culture that led to impressive energy and water management performance, often far exceeding federal mandates. He consistently pursues a wide spectrum of channels to achieve organizational goals. Mr. Wirt leverages the power of collaboration through strategic partnerships, creating alliances and facilitating relationships that drive critical information exchange. He connects with experts to develop learning opportunities for his team, inspiring them to pursue and apply innovative approaches. Just a few examples of his efforts include developing a building energy monitor program; managing the first Army Reserve Net Zero Program piloting 10 sites; implementing a process for holistic facility assessments that include energy, water, and waste; and initiating a successful enterprise building control system integrating 42 buildings. Under Mr. Wirt's leadership, Army Reserve sites in FY 2016 saw reductions of 16% in energy consumption from the prior year and 20% in water consumption from the 2007 baseline.
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
Throughout his 16-year career with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Brad Cantrell has demonstrated leadership and commitment to conserving energy and water through nationwide infrastructure improvements using performance-based contracts. Mr. Cantrell was instrumental in awarding and implementing the first major energy savings performance contract (ESPC) within the FAA. This project included a 1 megawatt solar photovoltaic system, lighting and chiller upgrades, and xeriscaping, resulting in guaranteed annual savings of more than $360,000. Mr. Cantrell’s ability to rise above the logistical challenges and coordinate with stakeholders across the FAA has distinguished him as a performance-based contract subject matter expert. He has provided support for six additional performance-based contracts, most recently acting as the Contracting Officer’s Representative to coordinate the award of a $10.8 million ESPC across 21 FAA sites, which will guarantee savings of $16.1 million over the 22-year life of the contract. Cumulatively, his performance-based contract leadership has resulted in approximately $20 million worth of on-site infrastructure upgrades and decades of guaranteed energy and water savings at FAA facilities across the country.
Defense Logistics Agency
DLA Energy, Installation Energy
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy team served as the contracting agent for the Army’s Fort Hood large scale renewable energy solar and wind project, the largest single renewable energy project to date by DLA and the Army. The award, executed in January 2016, resulted in the first Department of Defense hybrid solar and wind renewable energy contract award and combined a multiple procurement and land use authorities into a single contract vehicle. The effort consisted of the negotiation for a 15 megawatt on-site solar array, encompassing more than 60,000 solar panels, and a 50 megawatt off-site wind farm, comprised of 21 2.4 megawatt wind turbines, specifically dedicated for use by the government. The project required innovative approaches in contracting and close coordination and support from numerous Army stakeholders, the local utility, state regulators, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installation Energy, and the developer to ensure successful execution. The project cost avoidance to the Army is estimated to be $168 million over the 29 year contract term.
David W. Anderson
Randy J. Monohan
Royce Eddie Hunt
U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, Georgia
Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany is set to become the first Navy installation to hit a net-zero status upon completion of their new energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The $46.8 million ESPC, awarded in 2016, features groundbreaking strategic partnerships, new technologies, and continued investment on existing successful renewable energy projects. Specific projects include the installation of an 8.5 megawatt biomass steam-fed turbine generator; the installation of a new smart grid with networking and SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) controls, MCLB Albany main substation and electric distribution equipment, and landfill gas (LFG) generator into a fully integrated grid systems architecture; design and installation of black start capabilities to an existing government-owned LFG generator; and upgrades to existing lighting to efficient LED fixtures, air compressor and transformer replacements, and boiler plant improvements. With the added generation and conservation measures, it is estimated that the ESPC will reduce total annual electrical consumption by 19%, or 7,200 megawatt-hours annually, thereby allowing the base to achieve net zero status utilizing only renewable energy produced on site.
Marilyn (Renee) Jewell, U.S. Forest Service
Mark Levi, U.S. General Services Administration
Gerald T. Robinson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Ray Saracino, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Chandra Shah, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Federal Aggregated Solar Procurement Pilot (FASPP)
Multi-agency, multiple locations
In an effort to reduce internal agency overhead costs by sharing procurement and project management resources, the Federal Aggregated Solar Procurement (FASPP) team developed a contracting solution designed to take advantage of economies of scale in solar installation, with no up-front cost to the government. FASPP demonstrates a nationally replicable process whereby federal agencies leverage combined purchasing power to procure on-site solar energy more efficiently, while saving money on utility bills. FASPP combined several small- to mid-sized federal photovoltaic (PV) installation opportunities within northern California and Nevada into a single procurement. The selected solar developer, Solar City of San Mateo, California, will design, build, own, and operate the PV systems on eight federal properties and sell power to the federal government. Aggregation of multiple sites allowed some of the smaller sites, which may not have been economically viable on their own, to receive competitive bid prices. The solar power is less expensive than grid-based power, will not escalate in price, and is projected to save the government about $5 million in energy costs while producing more than 120 Gigawatt-hours of renewable energy over the 20-year contract term.
Robert D. Dyrdek
Patrick A. Walsh
U.S. Department of the Army
Fort Knox, Kentucky
Through concerted efforts, including the installation of a 600-ton absorption chiller/chilled water pumping system and a 2.05 megawatt combined heat and power (CHP) system, the Army Fort Knox team reduced the power usage effectiveness (PUE) of its Human Resources Command (HRC) Data Center to 1.47 per month in FY 2016. The Department of Public Works Energy Team and HRC personnel at Fort Knox worked diligently over several years to address energy-wasting operational and technical issues to improve the HRC Data Center’s PUE from the original 4.0 when the center opened in 2010 to 1.65 by mid-2013. To further reduce the data center's PUE, the team decided to include an existing micro-grid power generation substation that was equipped with CHP capabilities to serve the data center complex. The results of the CHP application, including almost $142,900 in energy savings in FY 2016—a decrease of 35% over the base year—as well as the reduction of PUE to less than 1.5, have confirmed the viability for similar CHP applications on Fort Knox and other locations.
50th Civil Engineer Squadron
Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado
As the sole member of Schriever Air Force Base's Energy Office, Energy Manager Abe Irshid has focused on energy conservation and resiliency since his arrival on base in 2013. His knowledge of construction, mechanical systems, and energy guided the 50th Wing to make energy a consideration in mission-related decisions, which has been critical to changing behaviors and yielding results. The portfolio of 63 facility projects spearheaded by Mr. Irshid's tireless efforts have already helped to decrease Schriever's energy consumption by approximately 5.2% in FY 2016 as compared to FY 2015, and have an anticipated annual energy savings of more than $9.7 million. Mr. Irshid designed a utility tracking Information Data System (IDS) for Schriever, now used by 40 other Air Force installations to provide energy and water usage metrics and capture data, saving $250,000 in contract costs. Additional accomplishments include modernizing four large boilers and chillers for the Wing's central utility plant for an estimated savings of $631,000 and 20 billion Btu in the first year alone, as well as replacing the base's energy management control system. The new system is expected to save an additional $733,000 and 43 billion Btu annually.
U.S. Air Force
Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex
Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
As the Tinker Air Force Base's (AFB) largest tenant, the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex's (OC-ALC) energy consumption accounts for about 65% of all energy used on the site. The OC-ALC energy team has moved Tinker AFB from the number one energy consumer in the Air Force to the third in just four years. OC-ALC achieved a 7.9% energy reduction in FY 2016 from the prior year through efforts such as a $19 million utility energy services contract to replace aged steam boilers, upgrade lighting, and replace oversized air compressors and $3.5 million in projects to install heat recovery and upgrade building controls. In FY 2016, OC-ALC also awarded the largest Air Force ESPC and largest ESPC in federal government history to date. The $262 million project will modernize 50 buildings, totaling more than 10 million square feet, with emphasis on industrial infrastructure process improvements. The project includes the operation and maintenance of installed equipment such as boiler systems, HVAC units, and entire lighting systems. Additionally, the team has ingrained energy awareness into base culture through its communication activities as well embedding energy management into daily maintenance operations through ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Installation Management Command
U.S. Department of the Army
The outstanding performance of the Energy and Utilities team, Headquarters, U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) has resulted in numerous benefits for IMCOM and the Army. The team's momentum gained leadership support that has led to a refreshed program that establishes clear guidance, goals, and fiscal responsiveness and has brought about cost avoidance in excess of $100 million, allowing redistribution to other IMCOM programs critically short of funding. A few of the best practices employed by the team include quarterly teleconferences with all energy managers to collaborate and share lessons learned; development of a Building Energy Monitor Program handbook that incorporates best practices and feedback solicited from garrison energy managers; a central resource efficiency manager program that allows garrisons to receive support; and an annual energy and water action strategy that directs specific actions and energy conservation measures to help garrisons achieve mandated energy and water reduction goals. Under the leadership and direction of the team, IMCOM installations far exceeded their goals by reducing energy consumption by 6.4% and potable water consumption by 2.6% in FY 2016 from the prior fiscal year while producing almost 2.8 trillion Btu from renewable sources.
Roderick T. Smith
U.S. Department of the Army
U.S. Army Garrison, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia
With no industrial or commercial operations, power generation facilities, or centralized heating and cooling systems, Fort A.P. Hill's Directorate of Public Works faced the challenge of implementing energy and water saving initiatives throughout a large inventory of small standalone buildings with ever-changing occupants. The team approached this challenge by executing effective improvement projects, proactive building management, and interactive conservation awareness that helped to reduce the site's FY 2016 energy intensity by 23.4% from the prior year, resulting in a utility savings of more than $583,000. The site's fuel oil use was reduced by 93%—almost 50,000 gallons—compared to the prior year, through conversion of fuel oil fired heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems to propane or electric. In addition to savings in energy and maintenance costs, converting fuel oil burning equipment eliminated the need for above and below ground storage tanks, which created environmental concerns due to potential leaks and ground water contamination. More traditional projects included installing an exterior finish and insulation system on almost 100,000 square feet of space; replacing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; and installing high efficient windows.
Maria Christina Vicari
U.S. Department of the Army
U.S. Army Reserve, 9th Mission Support Command
Maui U.S. Army Reserve Center (USARC) will be the first Army site to fully achieve net zero energy in FY 2017, already showing a 36% decrease in energy consumption and a 46% decrease in water consumption between FY 2015 and FY 2016. Maui is one of 10 pilot net zero Army Reserve sites, selected through a nomination and screening process in 2013 to receive a net zero energy, water, and waste assessment. Its net zero assessment was completed in 2014 identifying more than $1.3 million in energy and water projects at the site. The 9th Mission Support Command then implemented major upgrades to lighting; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; plumbing; and domestic hot water that reduced energy use by 25% from the FY 2013 baseline, with power from a 99-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array allowing the site to achieve 100% percent savings. Water efficiency measures resulted in 77% savings from the baseline, with an irrigation controls project achieving 60% water savings within one year. Successful practices from Maui's pilot program are being implemented reserve-wide, such as the building energy monitor program, the enterprise building control system program, rainwater harvesting pilot projects, and recycling surveys.
Muhammed A. Bari
U.S. Department of the Army
Installation Management Command - National Training Center
Fort Irwin, California
The National Training Center-Fort Irwin (NTC-FI), located in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, is comprised of more than 775,000 acres of training space with a population ranging from 16,000-26,000 personnel. The installation receives an average of only 4.2 inches of rainfall annually and is dependent upon ground water or recycled water to support its training mission and the surrounding auxiliary community. In FY 2016 NTC-FI's active water conservation program reduced fresh water usage by 67.7 million gallons compared to FY 2015—a savings of 10% in one year—and by almost 182 million gallons from the FY 2007 baseline. This remarkable savings required a combination of initiatives, including a first of its kind mock billing of housing residents for water, which reduced housing demand by 26% from the prior year and saved $100,000. Other projects included active irrigation management; the replacement of ground source heat pumps with air-to-air heat pumps; and the decommissioning the associated cooling loop, equipment, and underground storage tank. The water conservation program allowed NTC-FI to meet all goals and requirements driven by California's drought, while extending the viable life of this desert Fort by five years.
U.S. Marine Corps Installation Command (MCICOM) Facilities Directorate Operations and Energy Section
In FY 2016, the Marine Corps Installation Command (MCICOM) Facilities Directorate, Operations and Energy Section (GF-1) executed multiple tailored, effective initiatives against each of the five lines of operation outlined in its 2013 Installations Energy Strategy – Energy Ethos, Energy Information, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Energy Security/Resiliency. Efforts related to culture and behavior change led to increased awareness of the criticality of energy and decreased consumption. The office is driving new cybersecurity and enterprise energy information strategies to provide secure, accurate energy data to decision-makers. The team also aggressively pursued third-party contracts to make cost-effective infrastructure overhauls and increase renewable energy use, and all investments were carefully identified in order to contribute to increased energy security and resiliency. These programs were driven by a smart contracting strategy and a talented team of energy subject matter experts with a variety of backgrounds. Collectively, these efforts led to an energy use intensity reduction on MCICOM GF-1 installations by 5.5% in FY 2016 from the prior year, while improving the security and mission effectiveness of every installation.
Navy Region Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) / Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) EURAFSWA
U.S. Department of the Navy
In FY 2016 Navy Region Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) ran its annual energy and water awareness program, "Energy Biggest Loser," (EBL) to address the three critical pillars of Navy Shore energy: efficiency, behavior, and renewables. The friendly competition helps the region comply with federal mandates, meet the Secretary of the Navy’s energy goals, and improve energy security. During the month-long campaign six installations competed to reduce their consumption, and the top three installations with greatest percent reduction in electrical consumption received a cash prize to put toward base improvements and recognition. By successfully linking energy consumption to behavior through education, awareness, and accountability at the individual, command, and functional levels, the region achieved a 5.6% energy intensity reduction, or $250,000 in savings, in just one month. The program has now been replicated by other Navy installations, and in FY 2017 EURAFSWA expanded EBL from a one month pilot to a year-round competition renamed “Fuel for the Fleet.” The anticipated savings of the expanded campaign is 2.5% of the current consumption across EURAFSWA, or about 48 billion Btu.
Defense Intelligence Agency
Intelligence Community Campus – Bethesda (ICC-B)
A team consisting of Washington Gas Light Company and Honeywell International Inc., under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Huntsville Center on behalf of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), executed a utility energy services contract (UESC) project at the Intelligence Community Campus – Bethesda (ICC-B). The UESC team was responsible for developing the energy infrastructure to support ICC-B via the phased project to align with other construction and renovation on the campus. The first phase constructed a central utility plant to replace three existing thermal plants. The resulting plant, which featured variable frequency drive chillers, condensing boilers, and a heat-recovery chiller, greatly improved the efficiency of the existing thermal infrastructure and yielded significant operational savings and avoided maintenance costs. Subsequent phases addressed elements of the mechanical and electrical systems within the tenant spaces; design and construction of the core electrical and mechanical infrastructure to support the largest building on the campus; and the installation of a comprehensive building automation system to connect all of the buildings on campus. When fully executed, the UESC is expected to reduce energy use by about 47% from the baseline and save about $1.1 million annually.
U.S. Air Force
99th Civil Engineer Squadron
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
In 2016 the Nellis Air Force Base Energy Team partnered with their electric utility company, NV Energy, to develop and install a state-of-the-art 18.8 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power system. The PV system is connected to a new substation provided by the utility company on Nellis Air Force Base, improving the installation's energy resiliency and security by providing a mission-critical redundant power source. Combined, the power from the new 18.8 megawatt solar array and a 14.2 megawatt solar array installed in 2007 exceed the maximum demand of the entire base. As a result, Nellis Air Force Base is 100% powered by solar during daylight hours, and all excess power flows back onto the NV Energy electric grid. An additional 19.7 acres of land were set aside in the land lease to allow for the future expansion of the solar array. Furthermore, personnel are currently in discussions with NV Energy to repeat the successes of this project at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada.
U.S. Air Force
Clear Air Force Station
21st Space Wing
Peterson Air Force Base, Alaska
Facing mounting repair and maintenance costs to keep a coal-fired combined heat and power plant in operation, Clear Air Force Station (AFS) completed an electrical tie-in and heat plan project in January 2016. The project included the construction of a switching station, three miles of 138 kilovolt transmission lines, an electrical substation, and a steam heating plant. The transition from coal power to grid electricity and fuel oil heat was completed shortly thereafter. In the 12 months since the January 2016 tie-in, Clear AFS’ energy intensity was reduced by 690 billion Btu, or 84.5 percent when compared with the 12 months prior to tie-in. Additional estimated savings of $16.2 million will result from avoided maintenance costs and $3.2 million in annual labor cost savings over the next five years. Transitioning from coal power also eliminated the station's cooling water requirement by 8 million gallons per day, removing the need to pump 240 million gallons of cooling water per month from the local aquifer, carefully manage its use as a coolant in the plant, or monitor its environmental impact on the aquifer as it slowly returns to the local watershed.
CW3 Michael R. Brotherton
U.S. Department of the Army
U.S. Army Central Command
Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Brotherton completed a project in FY 2016 that reduces the “logistical tail” through the use of photovoltaic solar light carts (PSLC) to replace diesel light towers. An important Army goal is to reduce the amount of logistics and support personnel necessary (“tail”) in proportion to combat personnel (“tooth”) without reducing combat effectiveness. The PSLC can be transported by air, provides a minimum of 72 hours of run time without the sun, and contains a weatherproof electrical outlet, quick charger, and dual USB charging ports so troops may charge their hand-held or other portable devices. The first completed phase of 250 PSLCs (of the 1,907 planned) is saving $6.6 million, 63,000 overall man-hours, and 1.5 million gallons of fuel annually, for a project payback of only one year. Savings are due to drastically decreased maintenance as compared to the diesel generators, as troops must visit the PSLCs only once every two weeks to clean the solar panels, and no oil changes are required. This project has set the standard across the U.S. Army Central Command area of operations and has been promoted as a success story to other military services.
Jay H. Tulley
U.S. Department of the Army
U.S. Army Garrison, Presidio of Monterey, California
The Presidio of Monterey's completed three projects in FY 2016 that contribute to an estimated 37% in annual energy savings and more than $600,000 in energy, water and maintenance costs. The Presidio's 365,000 square foot Building 4385 complex is the installation's largest facility and highest energy user, housing administrative offices and a large data center. In 2012, Building 4385 consumed 19% of the Garrison's energy—costing $1.2 million—and almost 7 million gallons of water. The Presidio began plans that year to reduce both energy and water through a multi-pronged approach, including installation of a grid-connected one megawatt solar array designed to produce 1,600 megawatt-hours annually and a xeriscaping project that converted three acres of turf to drought resistant landscaping and a passively irrigated field. The Presidio also implemented an energy retrofit through a utility energy service contract, which replaced building lighting; refurbished heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; and improved the data center’ power usage effectiveness by 33% by reconfiguring servers and power distribution units, and installing a new hot-aisle containment system, lighting, and computer room air-conditioners.
Randy J. Monohan
Elizabeth A. Smith
U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune consumes more energy than any other Marine Corps Installation. When confronted with high-energy usage intensity coupled with outdated technology, the base took drastic action to reduce their consumption through steam decentralization to save approximately $15.3 million annually. Camp Lejeune's $150 million steam decentralization project utilized five different funding streams to successfully replace five inefficient, outdated steam utility systems with 641 small high-efficiency natural gas hot water condensing boilers. Through steam decentralization, the Camp Lejeune transitioned from the use of coal-generated steam to the more environmentally friendly fossil fuel, natural gas, allowing the base to meet outdoor air quality standards for the state and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 70,000 tons per year. The project also eliminated 50 miles of steam and condensate piping, improving the system's efficiency by more than 50% and reducing vulnerabilities and the need for maintenance. Additionally, the switch to hot water condensing boilers eliminated the need for steam make-up water systems, saving the base approximately 87 million gallons of make-up water and treatment systems per year.
Tom Stepien (Primus Power)
U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California
In 2016, MCAS Miramar successfully demonstrated the islanding capability of a 250 kilowatts of battery storage and a 230 kilowatt photovoltaic micro-grid system at the installation's Public Works building. The project improves the base's energy resiliency and demonstrates the technology's capability for future micro-grid development, particularly micro-grids utilizing renewable energy as the primary source. The system is centered upon an innovative Zinc/Bromide flow battery with titanium electrodes, and is complemented with a public utility awareness display showing real time energy data and efficiency measures that encourage tenants to lower their energy consumption. The photovoltaic system within the micro-grid also offsets the entire annual electric demand of the facility. The Miramar team also worked with the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to test the new technologies at their Energy Systems Integration Facility under simulated loads to ensure the successful deployment of the micro-grid. The Miramar team is now working to build on the success of the initial, facility level system to develop an installation-wide micro-grid.
National Nuclear Security Administration
Y-12 National Security Complex
U.S. Department of Energy
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
The Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12) has pursued the use of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) to enhance its building infrastructure, including a major project in FY 2016 to modernize 11,450 lighting fixtures in 123 facilities. The upgrades improved lighting conditions in more than 1.5 million square feet of work space, reduced electricity use by 36 billion Btu per year, and saved more than $538,000 annually in energy costs. Y-12's innovative lighting design included de-lamping efforts to eliminate unneeded lighting, and used reflectors and optimized light levels to improve security, safety, and productivity. The installation team also developed an innovative, streamlined lock-out/tag-out procedure—a critical safety step that normally can add significant amounts of time to a project of this size—and installed quick-connects on individual fixtures that allowed each fixture to be disconnected from power at the fixture location. These innovations enabled completion of the project two months ahead of schedule, with savings estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars due to reduced future preventive maintenance during re-lamping and ballast replacements.
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southeast Regional Office
In FY 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service completed a complete modernization of its existing 62,685 square-foot Southeast Regional Office building, resulting in 980 million Btu in annual energy savings. Upgrades included a high efficiency 215 ton capacity chiller system with individual double-filtered air handlers on each floor with updated automated controls, and a rooftop energy recovery unit with hot gas reheat with a field provided sensor, energy recovery wheel, and outside air intake by carbon dioxide monitoring set points. Other energy efficiency strategies included a cool roof; high R-value double pane windows with window films; daylighting; energy-efficient fluorescent and LED lighting; and power management through efficient computer purchases and controls. Upgraded low-flow fixtures conserve more than 757,000 gallons of potable water annually. Employees also are encouraged to use alternative methods of transportation when commuting to and from the office, with the provision of places to secure bicycles and locker rooms with showers. This project represents a model for leased federal facilities—often an overlooked segment of the federal portfolio using a tremendous amount of resources—to conserve energy and water.