Energy Efficiency/Energy Management Awards to Small Groups

December 1, 2002

Marc Berman
Lori Freeland
Mike J. Moran, Jr.
Jeff McCullough
Curt Nichols
Department of Energy
PNNL Electricity Reduction Contest
Richland, Washington

Photo of PNNL Electricity Reduction Contest Group

(l to r): Marc Berman (kneeling), Mike Moran, Lori Freeland, Jeff McCullough (kneeling), Curt Nichols.

DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has made conservation and energy efficiency key elements of its Facility Energy Management Plan. As part of their Plan, PNNL challenged staff to reduce electricity use by 10 percent from the previous year. To provide an incentive, the group devised a contest, and gave the staff tips and guidance on how to accomplish the reductions in their buildings. Over a three-month period, the group compared metered electricity use in several crucial office buildings with figures from the previous year. The staff feedback indicated that the program was popular as well as successful, and will have a lasting impact on workers' habits. Results exceeded expectations and two of the buildings reduced electricity consumption by 37.8 percent during the contest period. Savings amounted to $16,400 and more than 1.4 billion Btu.

Bob Ackley
Dieter Haertel
Paul Lindemer
415th Base Support Battalion
Department of the Army

Photo of Dieter Haertel from the 415th Base Support Battalion

Dieter Haertel

Photo of Paul Lindemer from the 415th Base Support Battalion

Paul Lindemer

Using their expert knowledge, experience, and innovation, this small group at the 415th Base Support Battalion has assisted in the development and execution of numerous energy projects at the Base. Projects during FY 2001 included modernization of heating systems in three large maintenance facilities, installation and replacement of insulation in five large maintenance and storage warehouses, renovations of several exterior buildings, and an energy savings performance contract. This work has laid the cornerstone for future similar improvements in the efficiency of the Army's utility systems, which are expected to yield long-term savings of approximately $12 million. These projects alone have realized savings of almost 72 billion Btu and reduced energy consumption by 9 percent from FY 2000 levels.

David A. McPhee
Mari French
Jerry Kerns
Norman Tancrator
Chung Kim
452nd Support Group
March Air Reserve Base, California

Photo of the March Air Reserve Base Team

(l to r): David A. McPhee, Mari French, Norman Tancrator, Jerry Kerns, Chung Kim.

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Reserve Base is an established leader in energy conservation due to the hard work and dedication of its Base Energy Team. During FY 2001 the Team negotiated with a local utility to perform free energy audits of 37 facilities, which led to the retrofit of thousands of outdated fluorescent and incandescent lighting fixtures. This retrofit has saved the Base approximately $240,000 per year. As a result of the Team's involvement with a demand side management project that introduced applications for available rebate programs, March ARB now enjoys a utility reimbursement program that realizes considerable savings in Base operational and maintenance costs. Gas leak repairs, water conservation efforts, and an energy management control system upgrade have further added to March ARB's success during FY 2001.

Roscoe Doug Johnson
Lito B. Leonen
Howard K. Ashworth
Dave B. Swartz
Abe F. Cicchetti
MILA Tracking Station
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Photo of the MILA Tracking Station Team

(l to r): Abraham Cicchetti, Roscoe Johnson, Howard Ashworth, David Swartz, Leto Leonen.

With a restricted agency budget, the Merritt Island (MILA) Tracking Station Facilities small group sought ways to reduce costs without diminishing the performance of the MILA Tracking Station, which is crucial for space shuttle launch and landing support. The group demonstrated that they could make low cost/no cost energy reductions throughout the station without affecting daily operations. Among the team's methods were: replacement of 5-ton air conditioners with 3-ton units; rescheduling generator run time; replacing five exhaust fans with three energy-efficient fans; installing pull string switches for individual control of overhead lights; training personnel to turn on lights only as needed; and reducing cooling and heating levels in unoccupied buildings without equipment cooling requirements. By effective use of these low cost and no cost energy reduction initiatives, the group succeeded in reducing costs during FY 2001 by almost $100,000 and 14 billion Btu.

Ernest L. Fossum
Richard J. Horsley
Marshall G. Knight
Mike Nitzel
EROB ENERGY STAR® Label for Buildings
Department of Energy
Idaho Falls, Idaho

Photo of EROB Energy Star Group

(l to r): Ernest L. Fossum, Marshall G. Knight, Mike Nitzel, Richard J. Horsley.

Since the construction of the Engineering Research Office Building, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory energy management engineers worked closely with the Building's facility engineer to develop and implement projects that incorporate energy-efficient technologies into existing systems and to further enhance the performance of the original building design. Projects included installation of occupancy-sensing lighting controls, analysis of HVAC systems to optimize energy performance, and change of the janitorial shift so that the building could be fully unoccupied for a greater period of time. DOE's Departmental Energy Management Program provided funding to complete these projects. These efforts ultimately will save more than $23,000 and in excess of 1 billion Btu per year. This in turn has qualified the Engineering Research Office Building for an Energy Star® Label for Buildings certification, which signifies not only energy efficiency in the building, but also tenant comfort and productivity.