RICHLAND, Wash. – Contractors at the Hanford Site are expected to earn more than $1.1 million in government incentives for saving energy over the past four years, thanks to a collaborative effort led by contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA) for the EM Richland Operations Office (RL).
The incentives are offered through a Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) energy efficiency program. As the site services contractor, MSA works with other Hanford contractors to identify qualifying projects and administer submittals to the BPA.
During the four-year period that ends this year, Hanford contractors are expected to save approximately 4.25 million kilowatt hours and earn incentives exceeding $1.1 million. The money from the energy incentives is reinvested at Hanford.
That compares with Hanford’s first four years participating in the program, from 2012 through 2015, when the total energy savings were approximately 100,000 kilowatt hours, and contractors received more than $32,000 in incentives.
“MSA has made significant progress on improving the site’s energy management program over the last few years,” RL Assistant Manager for Mission Support Jeff Frey said. “This is one of many ways we are continuing to reduce costs at Hanford.”
Christian Seavoy, MSA’s certified energy manager, said the contractors are achieving the savings in part by installing more energy efficient lighting, and upgrading heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
Hanford contractors are also earning incentives on larger infrastructure projects by upgrading electrical transmission systems and replacing electrical transformers.