The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) honored federal energy champions selected for recognition as part of FEMP's 4th annual FEDS Spotlight at this year's virtual Energy Exchange. Honorees were selected by agency leaders and peers as federal champions who are working hard to implement exceptional resilient, efficient, and secure energy and water management practices and projects, while also helping their agencies to achieve mission success. The "FEDS Spotlight room" at the virtual Energy Exchange included a message of congratulations from the FEMP Director, agency posters featuring the honorees and descriptions of their achievements, and a slide presentation of all the champions.

Congratulations to the 2020 FEDS Spotlight honorees!

Albino Hernandez, Juan Tiscareno, and Chris Wolf
White Sands Test Facility

This project team developed and built a pioneering 1.64 megawatt photovoltaic system for the NASA White Sands Test Facility, with 2019 completion resulting in enhanced energy security and resiliency through lightning protection and a hurricane rated self-ballasting racking system and hardware. Onsite renewable electric energy generation reduces the site’s dependency on utility-generated power by nearly one-third, yields projected cost savings of more than $200,000 per year, and power factor improvement could provide up to an additional $50,000 in annual savings. The system also addresses one of NASA’s most significant environmental liabilities by enabling a groundwater remediation system to operate for approximately 50 years.

Tom E. Armstrong
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Tom Armstrong was the Contracting Officer Representative for the construction of a new 4.4 megawatt solar array at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Gaithersburg, and a key participant on the multi-agency team that developed specifications and awarded the energy savings performance contract for the array. He is currently leading efforts to use drones with thermal imagery capability to detect exterior building envelope energy leaks, wet spots in roofing insulation, and failed insulation on underground steam and condensate return lines. He was also the driving force behind project planning to install electric vehicle charging stations on the NIST campus for employee use.

Scott Burnham
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Scott Burnham assembled and led a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary team in the reconstruction of NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Florida after Hurricane Irma. The $6.4 million renovation included roof repairs and replacement work, removal and replacement of all air handling and fan coil systems, significant space reconfiguration, and the reconstruction of the data center. He also implemented an LED lighting project at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory to achieve energy savings of about 73,000 kW annually, and provides expert technical knowledge to help NOAA make project ranking and selection decisions for its $150+ million deferred maintenance and repair portfolio.

James Fay
Office of Facilities and Environmental Quality

James Fay used several innovative strategies to improve efficiency at the Herbert C. Hoover Headquarters Building while making systems more reliable. He worked with the Historical Preservation Office to qualify a historic sympathetic faucet to replace aged and deteriorated faucets, saving about $60,000 and 2.8 million gallons of water per year. He also pursued the use of funds from the Department’s recycling program and funds obtained through participation in a demand response program to replace hydronic heating coils used for dehumidification with electric coils, allowing the summer shutdown of nearly half a mile of steam distribution piping, significantly improving efficiency while allowing for seasonal maintenance and leak elimination for the steam system during the summer. 

Scott Houldsworth
U.S. Marine Corps

Scott Houldsworth has been instrumental in ensuring that energy resilience gaps are being closed at Marine Corps bases around the globe in furtherance of the National Defense Strategy.  He was a catalyst in improving the Marine Corps' process to update the Annual Energy & Water Management Report and in developing the Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM) Policy Letter on Installation Energy Security and putting in place the MCICOM Installation Energy Security Plan Template, improving the ability of Marine Corps installations to identify and address energy resilience gaps. He also paved the way to conduct the first Energy Resilience Readiness Exercise and microgrid test at a Marine Corps installation.

Andrew Morris
U.S. Air Force

Andrew Morris has helped to advance the National Defense Strategy through the implementation of energy resilience solutions in the Air Force. He was at the forefront of the Service's efforts to execute Energy Resilience Readiness Exercises in support of warfighter readiness. Through collaborative partnerships with senior leaders and stakeholders, he helped identify and close previously unknown energy resilience gaps and vulnerabilities. Lessons learned and best practices garnered from his work contributed materially to the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) "Framework for Planning and Executing Energy Resilience and Readiness Exercise" guidance.

Paul Volkman
U.S. Army

Paul Volkman has worked to ensure that energy resilience gaps are being closed at Army bases around the globe in furtherance of the National Defense Strategy. To this end, he led the execution of the Army’s first Energy Resilience Readiness Exercises, laying the groundwork for current and future exercises. His dedicated efforts to advance the Army’s holistic Installation Energy and Water plans and leverage the Energy Resilience and Conservation Investment Program have helped strengthen the Service’s energy resilience posture. Lessons learned and best practices garnered from his efforts became a major part of DoD's "Framework for Planning and Executing Energy Resilience and Readiness Exercise" guidance.

Larry Graham
Fort Riley

As a member of the Fort Riley Public Works team, Larry Graham was instrumental in developing a standard methodology for calculating privatized utility rates for the installation’s reimbursable customers that reflects the real cost of the energy commodities used by the installation and its customers. Mr. Graham is also working with the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives to acquire a 7.5 megawatt natural gas-fired reciprocating internal combustion engine generator. Once online, the generator will reduce electrical demand during peak periods and provide reliable backup power for a large number of critical facilities on the installation.

Valerie Hines
Headquarters, Department of the Army

Serving as program manager for the Army Metering Program, Valerie Hines developed enterprise-wide policy and guidance, setting the strategic direction for advanced metering across the Army focusing on resilience and security. She worked to identify trends across the federal government to determine impacts of advanced metering on facilities and installation management, evaluating options to ensure that program implementation would increase Army operational and mission readiness. She also developed the 2019 Army Meter Program Execution Management Plan, using metrics to provide Headquarters Army a tool to track metered energy and water consumption progress toward Army and Department of Defense goals.

Christopher Woodruff
Fort Irwin

Chris Woodruff has championed award-winning team efforts in sustainability, self-generation, waste to energy, and resiliency serving as the Chief of the Utility and Energy Branch at Fort Irwin. Recently his team stood up the Army pilot for privately owned electric vehicle charging on a reimbursement basis, validating a collaborative approach with Army headquarters, cross-functional teams, and industry and demonstrating a working model for Army Installation Management Command installations. Projects focused on water conservation, water treatment efficiency, water reuse, cascading water use, and xeriscaping have reduced the installation’s water use from 920 million gallons to 520 million gallons per year.

Charles Howell
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

In 2019, Charles Howell spearheaded the award of a $12.7 million utility energy service contract (UESC) that will provide electric transformer upgrades, high efficiency boilers, and advanced metering infrastructure, including provisions to support efforts to obtain Authority to Operate via the Department of Defense risk management framework. Recognizing that Camp Pendleton’s energy resilience, efficiency, and security needs cannot be met with one project alone, as the UESC project was proceeding to award Mr. Howell worked tirelessly on the development of a future enhanced use lease project to improve resilience across the installation by integrating existing generation assets with advanced control systems.

CDR Jeffrey Jasinski
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Since his arrival at Cherry Point, Public Works Officer CDR Jeffrey Jasinski has taken a personal and professional interest in heading a comprehensive UESC project to be awarded in 2020. He took an early active role by attending a three day U.S. Marine Corps Energy Manager’s Training Workshop, and returned with new tools, best practices, and technical expertise. He proceeded to lead the UESC project team by facilitating communication with installation and regional leadership, attending meetings and design workshops, and helping them find solutions to tough challenges. CDR Jasinski provided unique insight into the station’s operational requirements, tenant activity needs, and fiscal constraints, which has helped bring energy security and this project to the forefront as a priority for the installation.

Andrew Oddo
Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center

As the installation energy manager for one of the most remote and isolated posts in the country,  Andrew Oddo partnered with the local utility provider and DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on an advanced microgrid project. This multi-phase energy resilience project will install a new microgrid, upgrade the existing electrical distribution system, and integrate emergency generator power with a battery storage system. It positions the training center to become a unique testbed for the Department of Defense through the integration of multiple technologies, while preventing future disruptions to critical training operations from unplanned power outages, lowering maintenance costs, and reducing demand on the local utility provider.

Antonio Piluso
Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella

Installation Energy Manager Antonio Piluso spearheaded the implementation of a cutting edge Smart Microgrid project recommended by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, developing the initial government estimate, the energy return on investment and the full statement of work. He also worked on a $25 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) that implements seven different energy conservation measures, including LED technology and photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, in more than 50 buildings to reduce 25% of the installation’s energy consumption. Through his leadership, the energy intensity at NAS Sigonella has decreased by 37% from the original 2005 baseline. 

Michael Kevin Smith
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay

Kevin Smith’s exceptional technical expertise played a critical role in developing the scope and requirements for a $344 million ESPC at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to improve energy resiliency, reliability, efficiency, and security on base. Projects will include a 20 MW combined cycle power plant operating with liquefied natural gas; a 1.73 MW photovoltaic system; 12 MW DC of grid-tied PV with energy storage; and upgrades to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, lighting, refrigeration, water conservation, and wastewater. In addition to this project, he coordinates with internal and external organizations to resolve complex integration issues on other ESPC projects in all phases of pre-award, construction, and sustainment.

Steven Vickery
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay

Installation Energy Manager Steven Vickery helped write the first edition of the Navy-required Installation Energy Program Summary for SUBASE Kings Bay, highlighting mitigation strategies for energy resilience, reliability, and efficiency gaps. He is managing several major resilience initiatives including a Battery Energy Storage System demonstration project with an existing 230 acre solar array; a partnership with the local utility to ascertain technical requirements needed to meet the installation’s energy resilience requirements; and a utility energy service contract that will save more than 10 million kWh of electricity annually while improving power reliability, maintaining efficiency and occupant comfort, and reducing thermal energy demands.

Nickolas King
Hill Air Force Base

Serving as energy manager, Nick King has provided outstanding energy leadership to execute an impressive and well-managed energy program at Hill Air Force Base. He played an integral part in completing Hill’s Installation Energy Plan, as well as providing necessary support and coordination to facilitate the Air Force’s first demonstration of a modified electric grid modeling tool called the Severe Contingency Solver, provided by the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. His forward-thinking approaches, collaborative attitude, and dedication to energy resilience is helping to improve mission assurance at Hill and across the Air Force.

Keith Anderson and Heath Sirmons
Altus Air Force Base

Since Altus Air Force Base was selected as one of two pilot installations for the Air Force’s Energy-as-a-Service business model, Heath Sirmons and Keith Anderson have been instrumental in advancing project progress. As “on-the-ground” leaders, Mr. Sirmons and Mr. Anderson have been engaging constantly with Headquarters and the local utility, identifying key issues and developing solutions to move the project forward, supporting site visits and senior leadership engagement, and answering data requests. Their “out of the box” thinking and collaborative spirits have demonstrated a willingness to jump head-first into a strategic and innovative effort that aims to ensure energy delivery to the mission when, where, and how it is needed.

Anna Muldowney
DLA Energy

As the contract administrator for the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex energy savings performance contract effort at Tinker Air Force Base, Anna Muldowney was instrumental in moving the $694 million project to its final acceptance ahead of schedule. During the past year she successfully negotiated 12 post-award modifications valued at $10.5 million, to ensure the technical acceptability and price reasonableness of the actions executed in support of the implementation effort. In partnership with the Air Force, she also effectively secured about $590,000 in government credit for work that was not performed or needed by the energy service company, enabling the installation to utilize the funds for additional scope of work.

Andres Vergara, Kayvan Torkashvan, and Larry Fuqua
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda Campus

This team was key in managing the commissioning, development, optimization, and testing of a thermal energy storage tank system (TESS) that saved about $1.3 million in electricity costs during peak hours in one year. The TESS consists of an 8 million-gallon storage tank, and stores chilled water produced by the chillers in the central utility plant during off-peak hours. During peak hours, when chilled water demand is high, the storage tank supplements the existing chillers’ capacity. Buildings on the 300-acre campus use the chilled water for climate control and cooling of equipment. In addition to preserving energy, TESS makes the plant’s operation more flexible, providing emergency chilled water due to power loss, chiller plant failure, or pipe leaks.

David Barber and Tim Harper
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

Tasked with developing the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Resilience and Sustainability Plan, David Barber and Tim Harper worked to engage FLETC leadership and key stakeholders to identify critical operations and vulnerabilities relative to the FLETC mission—training Federal Law Enforcement Officers. Through facilitated workshops with FLETC stakeholders, the team laid the groundwork for integrating sustainability and resiliency into the plans, processes, projects and culture of FLETC, supporting the delivery of quality training to the Federal Law Enforcement community. The resulting long-term, dynamic plan will be updated relative to FLETC mission changes and continually tracked for implementation, to ensure continued improvement and leadership relevance.

David Frenkel
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

David Frenkel, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Environmental, Energy and Sustainability Program Manager, led the effort to create ICE’s first Resilience Plan. With Department of Homeland Security and ICE goals formalized in the plan, he developed partnerships that help bring resilience and energy conservation projects into designs that result in sustainable and reliable production and distribution of power in areas with significant vulnerabilities to hurricanes. Mr. Frenkel also oversaw the development of grant applications that improve the resilience of critical communications facilities in Florida and the Virgin Islands. The projects combine an energy savings performance contract for photovoltaic solar panels with grant funding from DOE to purchase advanced battery storage and microgrid controls.

Glenville L. Catrow II
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

Glenville Catrow, facility manager of a state-of-the-art center for the training of canines for law enforcement, regularly conducts energy benchmarking of his facilities that lead to behavioral and operational changes and immediate, low-cost reductions in energy consumption. In FY 2019, he successfully executed a boiler upgrade project, resulting in significant cost savings and energy efficiency improvements. Mr. Catrow also partnered with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to initiate the ISO 50001 Ready program for ATF sites to further improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Brandi Eubanks
Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

During FY 2019 Brandi Eubanks worked in a dual capacity as both BOP Utilities Program Manager and BOP Energy Program Manager, managing $1 million worth of direct-funded energy savings projects at five institutions. She spearheaded the implementation of Portfolio Manager to track utilities BOP-wide at 122 institutions, six regional offices, and within the Central Office. She also assisted with the implementation, oversight, and completion of several performance contract projects, helping the BOP achieve nearly $8 million in savings from the use of renewable energy. She also helped to initiate a new energy savings performance contract (ESPC) measurement and verification program and determine the effectiveness of five ESPC projects.

Olwen Huxley
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

In FY 2019 Olwen Huxley, FBI Energy Program Manager, worked with DOJ and FEMP to launch the ISO 50001 Ready program at the FBI, enrolled the FBI in FEMP’s Re-Tuning Challenge, and leveraged FEMP support around resilience planning. She also supported facilities in developing projects for funding through the FBI Energy and Water Conservation Investment Program; launched an Energy and Sustainability Community of Practice to connect architects, engineers, project managers, facility managers, and other parties around FBI sustainable operations; and built a SharePoint portal for FBI facilities to report energy and water consumption data, submit projects for funding, and save ISO 50001 Ready documents. 

Mitchell Berman, Keatra Fuller, and Maricruz Magdaleno
Federal Aviation Administration

This team led a collaborative partnership of technical specialists and developers to design and implement the Federal Aviation Administration’s Utility Management Application, an agency wide tool for capturing, storing, and reporting utility information such as cost, usage, and meter details. The two-year development effort required more than 2,500 hours of collaboration, design, testing, and training. Because of this team’s efforts, the FAA will now be able to quickly and easily obtain real-time, accurate utility account information, dramatically increasing its reporting of actual data from 5% to 95%. The agency also will have improved analysis of efficiency-measure effectiveness and overall energy and water management.