Camp Lejeune Creates Utilities Conservation and Appraisal Board
February 28, 2003
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, is striving to establish itself as the energy conservation leader in the Marine Corps. As one of the most diverse installations in the Marine Corps with numerous commands, activities, services, and tenants, the base is the largest energy consumer in the Corps, comprising 25 percent of all Marine shore facility energy consumption.
To meet the base's energy reduction challenge and educate the vast base population, Camp Lejeune has established the Utilities Conservation and Appraisal Board (UCAB). Camp Lejeune's UCAB is an advisory board with direct access to the commanding general. "The UCAB is charged to create policy for a progressive utilities conservation plan for Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River," said Jerry Rowlands, energy engineer/awareness coordinator, Camp Lejeune.
Some potential energy resource management areas that the UCAB will address include fuel switching, plant modernizations, operations and maintenance innovation, and enhanced methods of reporting.
The primary duties of the UCAB include:
- ensuring that subordinate commands assign an officer or senior civilian for energy resource management;
- establishing and maintaining an active energy awareness program;
- publicizing energy goals and progress toward those goals;
- auditing energy use and determining how, where, and by whom energy is used; and
- assigning a "building energy monitor" to each building to inspect energy conservation methods implemented by building occupants and check equipment for needed repairs on a weekly basis.
"The goal of the program is to communicate with, and educate, the occupants on what they can do to increase energy conservation and to report any problems that need to be fixed," said Jim Sides, energy program manager, Camp Lejeune. Also "energy alert" e-mail messages are broadcast to lower energy consumption during high electricity price periods, and to educate Marines about the need for energy conservation. The alerts are circulated when electricity prices rise 3.5 times higher than the normal rate. This is determined by utility company "real-time market" pricing, which is established each day and is based on the utility company's calculation of system-wide demand and generation. The installations pay a fixed price for a set number of kilowatthours each day, anything more than that is charged at the real-time pricing rate. "When the messages come out, we do see decreases in energy used," said Sides. "The most dramatic decrease is at the end of the day; people turn more things off when there is an 'energy alert' than on a normal day."
UCAB meets quarterly and is chaired by the Public Works Resident Officer in Charge of Construction. The utilities director and energy program manager act in an advisory capacity to the UCAB.
"Establishing the UCAB is another example of Camp Lejeune's dedication to the commitment made by the Commandant of the Marine Corps to achieve all Federal energy reduction goals," said Sides. Through an active energy management program, increased energy awareness at all levels, and aggressive use of innovative conservation technologies, and funding sources, Camp Lejeune is actively taking a base-wide representative approach to implementing Federal energy conservation policy.