Fort Jackson Super ESPC Project Breaks New Ground

February 1, 2002

A Super ESPC project at U.S. Army Training Center Fort Jackson, South Carolina, is breaking new ground, both figuratively and literally. Fort Jackson, the largest and most active initial entry training center in the Army, awarded a $19�million delivery order (the largest to date)to DukeSolutions in September 2001. The project is the first to implement geothermal heat pump (GHP) systems under a regional, "all-purpose" Super ESPC rather than the GHP-technology-specific Super ESPC. The award is for chiller plant upgrades, lighting upgrades, and demand-limiting controls, as well as GHPs. Annual energy cost savings of more than $1.3�million, plus operations and maintenance cost savings of $267,000 per year, will pay for the investment over 21 years.

Jerry C. Fuchs of Fort Jackson's Directorate of Engineering and Logistics reports that the new GHP systems are performing well. "A major component of the project is a GHP retrofit for 1,250 family housing units, a bachelor officers' quarters facility, and a guest lodge. Thus far 84 of the housing unit GHP installations have been completed without a single occupant complaint on their heating or cooling performance," he said.

Robert F. Payne, Vice President for Federal Energy Services at DukeSolutions, said the company is very excited about GHP technology, especially its positive impacts on the quality of life for military families. "DukeSolutions is also pleased with the predictable energy savings associated with GHPs," he said. "When we can offer a technology that is consistently 30 to 45�percent more energy efficient than conventional systems, both our customer and the environment benefit. It hasn't taken long for Government and industry to recognize the value of this proven technology. And with every successful installation, potential buyers become more assured of the value of the investment."

Innovative Financial Strategies Save $9 Million

The Fort Jackson project incorporates some simple but innovative financial strategies that other agencies may find useful, according to Doug Culbreth of DOE's Atlanta Regional Office, who manages FEMP's Super ESPC program for the southeast region. Robert Baugh, FEMP's project facilitator for Fort Jackson, explained how financing costs were minimized: "Fort Jackson and DukeSolutions agreed to document the cost savings that the new upgrades would generate over the 20-month design and construction period. That sum, which turns out to be a sizeable $1 million, will be paid to the contractor upon acceptance of the project. Fort Jackson will also make its debt-service payments annually at the beginning of the year in which they're due, instead of paying monthly in arrears." These two measures shorten the contract term by 3�years and reduce interest costs by $9�million.

For more information about the project, please contact Robert Baugh of ORNL at 865-574-7639 or baughrn@ornl.gov, or Kyle Marshall of DukeSolutions at 704-382-0062 or rkmarsha@duke-energy.com. For more information about FEMP's GHP program or Southeast Regional Super ESPCs, please contact Doug Culbreth of the DOE Atlanta Regional Office at 919-782-5238 or carson.culbreth@ee.doe.gov. John Shonder of the FEMP GHP Core Team can be reached at 865-574-2015 or shonderja@ornl.gov.