2002 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners

Water Management Awards to Organizations

U.S. Naval Activities, United Kingdom
Department of the Navy
United Kingdom, London
011-44-1895616268

Through a major water conservation infrastructure project and the application of water management best practices, U.S. Naval Activities, United Kingdom (NAVACTUK) achieved a stunning 26.5 percent reduction in water consumption from its baseline year. The Command redesigned and replaced main water supplies, and sought and received a rebate for lost sewerage charges from the local water services company. NAVACTUK's $750,000 investment on its water conservation project saved almost 53,000 gallons of water per day, totaling 19 million gallons per year. The project generated annual savings of $110,000 in water and sewerage charges and has a payback period of only seven years. With the creation of an energy conservation board and innovative Base energy awareness and education activities, conservation has become a priority at NAVACTUK, beginning with the highest levels of the Command mandating the implementation of conservation measures while maintaining military readiness, Command mission, and safety.

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Water Management Awards to Small Groups

Photo of group members from PNNL's Water Conservation Group

(l to r): Mike Moran, Jr., Keith shields (kneeling), Jim Roberts (kneeling), Jeff Lettau.

Jeffrey Lettau
Mike Moran, Jr.
Jim Roberts
Keith Sheilds
Waste Not, Water Not - A Campaign to Conserve Water
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Department of Energy
Richland, Washington
509-372-2680

During FY 2001, the grounds team at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) applied state-of-the-art grounds management techniques to maintain the landscaping surrounding the PNNL campus. PNNL conserved approximately 114 million gallons of water by using the latest technology to gather data on watering systems, using best-practice landscape methods, monitoring soil moisture, and fertilizing. In addition, PNNL saved approximately 1.5 million gallons of water and subsequently saved almost $3,000 in waste water fees from the city. The facility also avoided sending water into the sewer system, which saved $33,000 in sewer costs. The innovative thinking of this team, which has included the use of predictive water flow models and soil analysis, has yielded substantial environmental, energy, and cost benefits.

Photo of LLNL Drain Down Recovery Group

(l to r): Dick Quigley, Katharine Gabor, Blair Horst, and John Sarginson.

Blair Horst
Katharine Gabor
Dick Quigley
John Sarginson
Drain-Down Recovery of Heating and Cooling Circulating Water
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Department of Energy
Livermore, CA
925-423-1640

Using a non-traditional water conservation and cost-savings concept, DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Plant Engineering Instrument Shop and Energy Management Program saved an estimated 72,600 gallons of water per year through their Drain-Down Recovery Project. LLNL's project team came together to prevent water waste during the repair of heat and cooling water circulating systems. The team's drain water recovery program reuses most building system water, as well as anti-corrosion and scale-inhibiting chemicals. The idea of the project is simply to collect drain-down water and return it to the system following repairs, rather than waste it down the drain. The project realized savings in three areas: the cost of water; the costs of anti-corrosion and scale-inhibiting chemicals (which total more than $9,000); and, reduced labor costs (by $52,600). With an amazing payback period of just three months, LLNL's project effectively conserves water, prevents pollution, and reduces maintenance costs.

Photo of Goodfellow Air Force Base Team

(l to r): Michael Noret, Robin Mansfield, Ted Haviland, Keith Currie.

Keith Currie
Lieutenant Tammy Gray
Ted Haviland
Robin Mansfield
Michael Noret
17th Training Wing

United States Air Force
Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas
703-695-9783

Severe drought conditions in San Angelo, Texas, home of Goodfellow Air Force Base, spurred the Base's Water Conservation Team into action during FY 2001. Partnering with the City of San Angelo, the Base adopted the city's water conservation and drought plan, and expanded its own water conservation measures. The Base's Water Conservation Team decreased water consumption by more than 16 percent, saving more than $73,000 in utility charges. Through a $3 million energy savings performance contract, the Base has completed $375,000 worth of water conservation projects, installed efficient water fixtures, implemented water-efficient landscaping, and developed and maintained an aggressive water conservation awareness program. With the ESPC, the Base realized a savings of 237 million gallons of water and $48,000 per year. Also, to keep water use to a minimum, more than 60,000 square feet of lawn areas were converted to xeriscape landscaping or rock gardens and 1,300 work orders were completed to stop leaks and replace inefficient water fixtures.

Donald Lee J. Laurent
Department of the Army
Fort Polk, Louisiana
337-531-6025

Using standard "off-the-shelf" technologies and alternative financing, Donald Laurent has made great strides in saving energy and water at Fort Polk Army Base. Mr. Laurent accomplished three energy-saving measures through an established energy savings performance contract. The first ESM involved the replacement of existing toilets, flush valves, showerheads, and faucet and sink aerators in 31 permanent barracks buildings. For the second ESM, Mr. Laurent took over the Base clothes washer and dryer contract which allowed him to replace existing vertical axis washers with high-performance horizontal axis washers. The third ESM involved the installation of hot water loop controls, which control temperatures by recognizing low demand and anticipating high demand. Mr. Laurent's efforts have saved the Base almost $293,000 in energy and water costs and reduced the amount of associated wastewater that must be treated. By implementing Mr. Laurent's energy conservation measures at no up-front cost to the Federal Government, Fort Polk saved 134,575 kilowatt-hours of electricity, 55 million gallons of water, and avoided treatment of 53 million gallons of wastewater.

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Mobility Energy Efficiency Awards to Organizations

USS KEARSARGE
Department of Navy
757-445-5028

By implementing outstanding engineering and conservation practices, such as reducing the use of high-energy-use equipment, and modifying schedules to process waste more productively, USS KEARSARGE reduced hourly fuel consumption during FY 2001 by more than 20 percent, saving 1.7 million gallons of fuel and almost $1.8 million. The reduction in fuel demand was achieved while increasing steaming time by 468 percent in an increased threat condition posture. USS KEARSARGE used 2,368 gallons of fuel per hour underway at 15 knots and 564 gallons per hour in auxiliary steaming mode, reduced from FY 2000 when it consumed 3,773 gallons per hour underway and 821 gallons per hour in auxiliary steaming mode. USS KEARSARGE's all-hands approach to energy conservation helped to reduce non-productive steaming hours by 220 hours, saving 220,000 gallons of fuel and $145,000. Without compromising its responsiveness, the ship's energy team developed seamless and extensive conservation management projects that have brought substantial benefits to the USS KEARSAGE, its personnel, and the Fleet.

USS BLUE RIDGE
Department of the Navy
011-81-6160-21-1911 x7705

In spite of increased threat conditions, the USS BLUE RIDGE's energy team delivered dramatic energy and budget savings during FY 2001. The USS BLUE RIDGE saved $2.3 million and 1.5 million gallons of fuel, an impressive 50 percent improvement over the previous year's fuel use levels. Through the application of diligent conservation engineering, the use of electronic controls, improved boiler and main engine operation, and with the help of a command-to-enlisted commitment to Fleet leadership in energy conservation, the USS BLUE RIDGE energy team dramatically reduced emissions, fuel use, and water pollution. Additionally, the USS BLUE RIDGE's 24-hour engineering trouble call log has significantly reduced turn-around time on fixing leaks and mitigating other energy conservation deficiencies.

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Mobility Energy Efficiency Awards to Individuals

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Hugh Jones

Hugh Jones
Department of the Army
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
703-806-5389

Hugh Jones spearheaded the development of several photovoltaic (PV) mobile power systems for the Department of the Army. These lightweight, thin-film PV modules are designed to provide flexible, rapidly-deployable mobile power systems for the Army's tactical operations in training areas or on the battlefield. Mr. Jones has championed PV and other renewable technologies, and developed a successful joint venture with a private industry partner. His initiative and technical analysis of PV systems advanced the project quickly through the feasibility and analysis phases of production. During FY 2001, the Army developed and field-tested a second-generation PV-powered mobile system, which provided 100 percent of the power required for the Army's tactical operations. These systems have provided numerous benefits to the Army such as reduced fuel consumption and costs, decreased maintenance on generators, and enhanced operational readiness.

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Alternative Financing Awards to Organizations

Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System
Department of Veterans Affairs
Salt Lake City, Utah
801-582-1565, Ext. 4530

During FY 2001, the Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System used energy savings performance contract financing to implement wide-ranging energy conservation measures, making the medical facility a showcase for integrating energy-saving strategies. The measures included current technologies-lighting, controls, and chiller plant upgrades-as well as new technologies such as a rotoclave medical waste sterilizer. Improvements also included refurbishment and expansion of a solar hot water system and utility rate reduction. Training was also required for operations and maintenance staff, ensuring continued energy savings of the projects. The control system upgrades have improved the ability to monitor, measure, and manage the site's energy use. The energy-saving measures now in place have resulted in dramatic reductions in energy use, with annual energy savings of 50.7 billion Btu-a decrease of 24 percent-and guaranteed annual cost savings of $493,000.

42nd Civil Engineering Squadron, Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex
United States Air Force
Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
334-953-6945

The men and women of the 42nd Civil Engineering Squadron at Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex have dedicated themselves to meeting the many energy conservation challenges at the Base. The group used an energy savings performance contract to implement seven energy saving projects, which resulted in $12.7 million in capital improvements. Some of the projects included decentralization of the central heating plant, automation of the central chiller plant, installation of lighting controls and high-efficiency lighting, and upgrading of energy management control systems, air handler units, and freezers. These energy measures are estimated to result in cost savings of more than $1.4 million, and energy savings of 1,300 billion Btu per year.

7th Civil Engineer Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base
United States Air Force
Abilene, Texas
915-696-5628

In its ongoing efforts to meet challenging energy performance standards, the 7th Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Flight implemented a $5.4 million energy savings performance contract, saving more than 46 billion Btu and more than $682,000 per year while reducing energy use by 8.7 percent. The 7th Civil Engineer Squadron retrofitted 26 steam boilers and 5 air conditioning systems, installed an ice storage system for peak load shedding, added direct digital controls in 20 buildings, and replaced old T-12 magnetic ballast fluorescent bulb technology with new T-8 bulbs in 101 buildings. Lighting levels in the B-1 engine repair shop were improved by more than 400 percent, adding greatly to employee comfort and productivity. Two additional projects have started, which will further reduce energy consumption and demonstrate the 7th Civil Engineer Squadron's commitment to making Dyess Air Force Base a showcase for energy conservation.

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
United States Marine Corps
Camp Pendleton, California
760-725-0566

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton aggressively uses alternative financing to implement energy conservation projects. Since 1996, the Camp has awarded 25 delivery orders under a utility energy service contract with San Diego Gas and Electric, totaling more than $30 million in project costs. This year two projects totaling almost $6 million were awarded through the UESC vehicle resulting in an estimated 67 billion Btu in annual energy savings and $3 million in annual cost savings. UESC vehicle projects include upgrading direct digital controls, replacing electric dryers with gas dryers, replacing inefficient furnaces and HVAC units, and installing natural day lighting. President Bush visited Camp Pendleton in May 2001 and congratulated the Base for aggressively implementing energy conservation opportunities and reducing Base operating costs.

Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
United States Marine Corps
Yuma, Arizona
928-269-2734

Marine Corps Air Station Yuma is using alternative financing as its primary strategy to accomplish energy conservation projects. Working closely with the local utility, Arizona Public Service, the work done during FY 2001 through a utility energy service contract used eight different energy conservation technologies ranging from a direct digital control installation to more simple measures, such as installing light-emitting diode technology to replace incandescent lighting in fire alarm transmission boxes. Total project costs were less than $1.5 million, which results in a simple payback period of 7.9 years. Projected savings from the project are almost $186,000 and more than 10 billion Btu annually.

Camp Lejeune
United States Marine Corps
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
910-451-5950

Camp Lejeune, the largest Marine Corps base in the world, used a team approach to tackle its biggest energy efficiency investment ever. A $16 million utility energy service contract project upgraded 2,093 air-to-air heat pumps and cut energy use by 33 percent in four family housing areas by replacing old heating and cooling equipment with geothermal heat pumps. Annual savings of almost $1.5 million from the new ground coupled heat pumps will amortize the financed portion of the investment, about $12.7 million, in 10 years. A ground coupled heat pump upgrade was implemented in 2,089 of the 4,400 military family housing units during FY 2001. Total FY 2001 savings as a result of the upgrade are more than $184,000 and more than 24 billion Btu during the construction year.

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Alternative Financing Awards to Small Groups

Mitchell R. Akers
Paul Anderson
Perry L. Boeschen
Suvit S. Boyd
Robert Considine
Des Moines Energy Conservation Project

General Services Administration
Des Moines, Iowa
816-823-2275

The General Services Administration's (GSA) Des Moines team maximized energy-saving opportunities by using a "whole building approach" to energy reduction at the Des Moines Federal Building. Using Super ESPC financing, the team implemented several different projects at the site. The measures completed under the $1.4 million project include replacement of the entire steam boiler plant, conversion of multi-zone air handling systems to variable air volume flow, removal and replacement of steam traps, installation of water-conserving fixtures, and securing rate reduction for natural gas. The project also included installation of vending machine controllers. The controllers project served a double purpose-as an energy saving measure as well as a "pilot project"-a model that can be duplicated in other GSA facilities in the Heartland Region. Because of the various measures taken, the facility's energy consumption is guaranteed to be reduced by 6.5 billion Btu annually, with cost savings of $67,000.

Photo of Internal Revenue Service Austin Service Center ESPC Group

(Back row l to r): Kenneth Cargil, Steve Moore, William Weinberg. (Front row l to r) Edward Adams, Terry Sims.

Kenneth J. Cargil
Terry A. Sims
Bill Weinberg
Steve E. Moore
Tim Adams
Austin Service Center ESPC
Internal Revenue Service

Department of the Treasury
Austin, Texas
512-460-8014

The Internal Revenue Service's area-wide shared services group obtained ESPC financing to complete numerous upgrades at the Austin Service Center, resulting in dramatic energy savings for the facility. The group tackled three major areas of energy use for the facility: electricity for air conditioning, electricity for lighting, and water use. For the chilled water system, installation of a new chiller, along with other measures, created a highly efficient and reliable system to serve the entire facility. The group also completed replacement and retrofits of lighting fixtures, lamps, and ballasts. Water conservation markedly improved through the installation of high efficiency fixtures which use less than half of the water as do the old fixtures. Through the efforts of the group, the facility has achieved annual energy savings of more than 20 billion Btu, 2.1 million gallons of water, and cost savings of $310,000 per year.

Photo of Varick Street Building Modernization Group

(l to r): Ricardo Cabanit, Louis Lozito, Florine Rhodes, Sek Eng, Josef Yannotti.

Florine Rhodes
Sek Eng
Ricardo Cabanit
Josef Yannotti
Louis Lozito
Varick Street Building Modernization Group

General Services Administration
New York, New York
212-264-7379

By combining agency-funded work and utility-financed work into a single project, the Varick Street Building Modernization Group accomplished a variety of overdue measures at the facility. The building faced imminent replacement of its chillers (which used CFC refrigerant), and needed other energy-saving upgrades. Through the use of a GSA area-wide utility contract, the group combined both the chiller replacement (an agency-funded project) and utility-financed measures in one contract. The other energy-saving measures included a new energy management control system; variable frequency drives and energy-efficient motors; and energy-efficient lights. The group expects annual savings of more than $431,000, and energy savings of more than 14.8 billion Btu as a result of the steps taken. The cost savings will allow payback of the total project cost, including interest, in less than 10 years. By integrating the funded and financed work into one project, the GSA team demonstrated that agencies do not have to defer energy conservation or facility upgrade work because of a lack of full funding. In fact, the financing strategy taken at the facility has already appeared in two other GSA locations and has become an option considered frequently at GSA facilities.

Belton O. Tisdale
Lieutenant Junior Grade Nolan E. Redding
Beaufort Housing Geothermal Heat Pump Project

United States Marine Corps
Beaufort, South Carolina
843-228-6317

During FY 2001, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, home to seven Marine and two Navy F/A-18 fighter squadrons, entered into a basic ordering agreement with a local utility company to replace old HVAC and hot water generating equipment with geothermal heat pump systems that provide heating, cooling and domestic hot water. The geothermal upgrade took place in 1,236 of the 1,276 military family housing units on the base. Installation of this $11.5 million utility energy service contract project cut energy use by 25 percent in family housing. During FY 2001 the project saved more than $52,000 and almost 5 billion Btu. FY 2002 energy reductions are estimated to exceed 40 percent.

Photo of Grissom Air Reserve Base Team

(l to r): Mike Friedman, John Robison, Lisa Marx, Oliver Woodd, Mark Waite.

John Robison
Mark Waite
Oliver Woodd
Michael Friedman
Lisa Marx
434th Air Refueling Wing

United States Air Force
Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana
765-688-4565

Members of the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base have made top-flight progress in implementing the policy and directives of Executive Order 13123 during FY 2001. The outstanding performance of the 434th Air Refueling Wing in energy efficiency showed in the 56 percent reduction in energy use from FY 2000 to FY 2001, and an overall reduction of 64 percent since FY 1985. The successful completion of an ESPC project, through effective planning and preparation by Base engineers, and the negotiation, award, and administration by Base contracting, resulted in improvements that will continue to pay significant dividends long into the future. The project installed energy-efficient lighting and heating equipment, affecting virtually all Base buildings. It was the vehicle by which Grissom's outdated and inefficient central heating plant could be permanently removed from service. Total cost and energy saved during FY 2001 was more than $1 million and 168 billion Btu.

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Alternative Financing Awards to Individuals

Photo of Bill Coursey

Bill Coursey

Bill R. Coursey
Department of the Interior
Albuquerque, New Mexico
505-346-6511

With utility bills exceeding $450,000 annually, Bill Coursey recognized that Sherman Indian High School, which was constructed in 1900 and serves Native American children, needed repairs and improvements. Through DOE's Super ESPC, Mr. Coursey accomplished energy conservation improvements that included lighting, heating, ventilation, and a renewable energy photovoltaic system. In addition to the energy conservation measures achieved through the Super ESPC project, Mr. Coursey has been responsible for other energy saving successes achieved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Mr. Coursey's efforts have helped the Bureau of Indian Affairs achieve savings during FY 2001 of more than 8 billion Btu and more than $179,000.

Photo of William Nutting

William Nutting

William H. Nutting
United States Marine Corps
Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
808-257-2171, Ext. 255

William H. Nutting, Energy Manager at the Marine Corps Base at Kaneohe Bay, oversaw a hot water decentralization project which generates domestic hot water by reclaiming waste heat from air-conditioning chillers, instead of running two large oil-fired steam plants. Mr. Nutting researched various options for improving the existing steam and hot water distribution plants, which were in poor condition and needed replacement. He successfully financed the $3.5 million necessary for the project through an energy savings performance contract. The scope of the project also included the installation of two small modular boilers to provide steam for cooking and sterilization needs. The project saves 24.5 billion Btu of energy, and more than $590,000 per year. Due to the success of the project, the plan for new bachelor enlisted quarters at Kaneohe Bay also calls for a central plant which will use waste heat to provide water heating. Mr. Nutting continues to seek economical ways to achieve further energy conservation measures at the Base, and has initiated three other ESPC task orders at Kaneohe Bay in addition to the hot water decentralization project.

Gary R. Testerman, Sr.
Department of the Army
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
410-306-1151

Gary Testerman demonstrated his steadfast commitment to energy conservation at Aberdeen Proving Ground with a geothermal heat pump replacement project. Faced with failing air-to-air heat pumps in housing units and no funding available for their replacement, Mr. Testerman looked to alternative financing as a solution. Though first unfamiliar with energy saving performance contract financing, Mr. Testerman solicited other Federal agencies for assistance and support for the project. Through his efforts, a Super ESPC was used to replace 643 aging heat pumps in housing units with new geothermal systems and install desuperheaters (used to lower the temperature of superheated steam) to existing domestic hot water heaters to obtain additional energy savings. In total, the measures taken are expected to yield savings of $600,000 and 29 billion Btu per year. Mr. Testerman's efforts on this project, however, are just one example of his tireless work for energy conservation at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He continually ensures that his Command and community are educated about the importance of saving energy. His vision and passion for saving energy are an inspiration to his colleagues and the entire Aberdeen community.

Keith Yamanaka
Department of the Army
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
808-656-1410

Keith Yamanaka, Energy Manager at the U.S. Army Directorate of the Public Works, was the initiator and champion of the 25th Infantry Division's utility energy services contract project in Hawaii. Mr. Yamanaka led this project, a partnership between the U.S. Army and Hawaiian Electric Company, to design and construct a central 600-ton centrifugal chiller, cooling tower, condenser pump, chill water pump, and piping replacement. A second part of the UESC called for the installation of solar heating systems on 610 family housing units, 39 recreation cabins, and a fire station. This was the largest one-time installation of solar heating systems to take place anywhere in the country. These projects saved more than $1 million and close to 15 billion Btu during FY 2001.

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Renewable Energy Awards to Organizations

U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca
Department of the Army
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
520-533-1861

During FY 2001, the United States Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca achieved a 270 percent increase in the use of renewable energy from FY 2000. Fort Huachuca also reduced water consumption by 8.2 percent (50 million gallons). Fort Huachuca achieved these successes through the positive efforts of all organizations and a concerted effort to implement cost-effective energy conservation, water conservation, and renewable energy projects. More than $44,000 and 4 billion Btu were saved during FY 2001. The most innovative aspect of this project was the use of an energy savings performance contract to install renewable energy technologies. Project work included replacing an inverter on a grid-tied photovoltaic system and installing new mirrors and controls on a prototype solar thermal electric generator. Other projects included installing high efficiency lighting in 33 buildings, daylighting in 22 buildings, two Solarwalls, and replacing the HVAC system and controls. Fort Huachuca continued water conservation projects by installing 1.5 gallon-per-minute showerheads and 130 horizontal axis washing machines. Fort Huachuca's Water Wise and Energy Smart Program provided water and energy conservation education and outreach services to the U.S. Army and civilian employees and their families.

Green Power Switch®
Tennessee Valley Authority
Nashville, Tennessee
615-232-6124

Green Power Switch® is a renewable energy initiative that offers consumers in the Tennessee Valley a choice in the type of power they buy. The Tennessee Valley Authority and local public power companies, working in cooperation with the environmental community, developed Green Power Switch® as a way to bring green power-electricity generated by cleaner, renewable resources-to Valley consumers. Green power is sold to residential consumers in 150-kilowatt-hour blocks (about 12 percent of a typical household's monthly energy use). Each block adds $4 to the customer's monthly power bills. Green Power Switch® is also being marketed to commercial and industrial consumers, who can buy blocks based on the amount of energy they use. Currently there are more than 5,000 residential customers signed up for almost 9,000 blocks of green power per month, and 226 business and commercial customers signed up for more than 6,000 blocks per month. Sources of green power include energy from a wind-powered turbine, solar generation, and a landfill methane gas site. Although no source of energy is impact-free, an investment of an additional $8 per month on a homeowner's power bill buys enough green power to equal the environmental benefits of planting an acre of trees in the Tennessee Valley.

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Renewable Energy Awards to Small Groups

Martin Kaehny
Susan Talbot
Meg Walkup
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Department of the Interior
Rock Hall, Maryland
410-639-7056

The staff from Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Rock Hall, Maryland, are recognized for providing renewable energy educational opportunities and demonstration projects to visitors and the surrounding community. Among several projects, a 10-kilowatt wind turbine was installed in March 2002 at the Refuge's office near the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Although the wind turbine will be grid-connected, it is expected to provide close to 100 percent of the building's power needs during high-wind months. An estimated $1,700 in savings from electricity offsets will be achieved, based on the 2001 average price of $0.13 per kilowatt-hour. Another project involved the installation of two solar energy photovoltaic demonstration panels. A 120-watt solar panel was installed, powering a recirculating pump for a Refuge pond. Another 80-watt panel stores solar energy in a battery that powers a 32-watt parabolic floodlight, illuminating the American flag at night. The Refuge team also has purchased an alternative-fuel van that can run on 85 percent ethanol. Additionally, the Refuge has sponsored a public workshop on renewable energy in Chestertown, Maryland, that received enthusiastic response from the local community and media.

Photo of Chris Helmer from GSA's Northwest Arctic Region
Chris Helmer
Photo of Michael Okoro from GSA's Northwest Arctic Region
Michael Okoro

Chris Helmer
Jerry Martin
Michael C. Okoro
Northwest Arctic Region

General Services Administration
Wenatchee, Washington
253-931-7945

In partnership with the Department of Energy, the General Services Administration's Northwest/Arctic Region installed and commissioned a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic system at the Federal Building and U.S. Post Office in Wenatchee, Washington. DOE provided funding for the studies and the design of the project, while GSA funded the purchase of the photovoltaic (PV) panels and ancillary equipment. The GSA Region also conducted a PV system installation workshop and used volunteers for the installation of the system so that they could gain hands-on experience. The photovoltaic system will produce approximately 16,000 kilowatt hours per year, which is enough energy to power an average family home. By installing the system, GSA is helping to preserve the environment by reducing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide.

Vicki Hutchinson
Marcelo Silva
Department of State
U.S. Embassy Brasilia Energy Project Group

U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil
011-55-61-312-7150

Photo of Vicki Hutchinson from the U.S. Embassy Brasilia Energy Project Group
Vicki Hutchinson
Photo of Marcelo Silva from the U.S. Embassy Brasilia Energy Project Group
Marcelo Silva

About 95 percent of all the electricity generated in Brazil comes from hydroelectric plants. Shortage of rainfall in consecutive years resulted a mandatory water reduction for all consumers. To make this reduction and avoid government fines, the State Department's American Embassy Brasilia installed solar water heaters at all Government-owned residences and the Embassy building. The solar project reduced energy consumption by 28 percent in the residences and by 15 percent at the Embassy, based on average energy use. Almost $12,000 is being saved annually at the Embassy. The payback of the total investment will occur in 6 years and its expected life is at least 15 years. This project has enabled the American families living in the Government-operated residences in Brasilia to have their electricity supply guaranteed, despite the ongoing power crisis in Brazil, and will save the U.S. Government more than $112,000 over the 15 year time frame.

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Renewable Energy Awards to Individuals

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Wayne Shigley

Wayne Shigley
Department of Energy
Idaho Falls, Idaho
208-526-1986

In the late 1990s, the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) began plans to replace an aging warehouse on the INEEL site with a new, modern facility in Idaho Falls. Wayne Shigley, Infrastructure Program Manager for the Department of Energy Idaho Operations Office, saw an opportunity to install a transpired solar collector in support of the Million Solar Roofs Initiative. Mr. Shigley worked tirelessly to secure funding for the initial cost, based on the potential for life cycle cost savings and demonstration value. He successfully convinced the project team, who were new to the technology, to design a transpired solar collector to passively pre-heat the fresh air supply. In addition, Mr. Shigley worked with the INEEL energy management office to add an instrumentation package to track the performance of the system over time. The building was completed in May 2001, and the instrumentation package was installed in August 2001. The total energy cost savings is $12,500 and 945 million Btu per year.

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Energy Efficiency/Energy Management Awards to Organizations

Aberdeen Proving Ground
Department of the Army
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
410-306-1151

Strong Command support and community involvement, coupled with sound technical initiatives, allowed Aberdeen Proving Ground to obtain a significant energy reduction in the face of rapid facilities growth. Through DOE's national geothermal heat pump super energy saving performance contract, Aberdeen awarded a delivery order of $5.7 million to replace 643 existing air-to-air heat pumps with geothermal heat pumps in Aberdeen's Bayside Village and Patriot Village military family housing facilities. Aberdeen Proving Ground has implemented nine energy conservation measures under the delivery order that include lighting and insulation upgrades and centrifugal chillers retrofit. Annual savings resulting from the delivery order are $1.74 million and more than 173 billion Btu.

I Corps & Fort Lewis
Department of the Army
Fort Lewis, Washington
253-967-2837

In response to West Coast electricity reliability issues, Fort Lewis implemented extraordinary measures both unilaterally and in partnership with the local electric utility, Tacoma Power, DOE, and the Army/Air Force Exchange Service to reduce overall electric demand. The Fort was able to implement strategic energy conservation and demand reduction measures quickly with the support of Command level interest. Energy reduction strategies included installing VendingMisers® on refrigerated vending machines, installing compact fluorescent light bulbs in family housing units, providing for energy conservation as part of the Command Inspection program, developing a team to oversee the efficient use of existing HVAC equipment and providing on-going energy awareness training for troop personnel. Savings of $587,000 and almost 80 billion Btu were achieved at Fort Lewis during FY 2001.

Naval Support Activity PNS
Department of the Navy
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
207-438-4632

The Naval Support Activity Portsmouth Naval Shipyard energy team manages more than 156 buildings that provide residence and workspace for about 400 people. During FY 2001, they saved more than $3.8 million and almost 217,000 million Btu of energy and 25 million gallons of water through the use of technology and smart energy management. PNS savings are directly attributable to conservation investments such as power plant and distribution improvements, upgraded mechanical lines, central hot water distribution upgrades, building renovations, lighting controls, window insulation, and fuel switching. Energy managers also saved money during FY 2001 through smart management of natural gas and fuel oil switching strategies as well as through the use of a steam turbine. PNS will attain even greater savings in years to come, as other energy and cost saving projects are still being implemented and are already generating substantial savings.

Presidio Trust Summer Initiative
Presidio Trust

San Francisco, California
415-561-4284

As a resource protection organization, the Presidio Trust has always sought ways to minimize environmental impact and conserve water and energy, so it seemed natural for the organization to seek a creative financing solution that would help the Presidio save energy. In July 2000, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) offered financing through a "Summer Initiative," which sought to achieve significant demand and energy reductions by summer 2001. Identifying opportunities to save hundreds of thousands of kilowatt hours each year, the Presidio Trust formulated a plan for retrofitting both residential and non-residential buildings with energy-efficient lighting, controls, and energy management systems under the Summer Initiative. An extensive outreach campaign was also part of the Initiative. The Presidio faced added challenges from its designation as a National Historic Landmark, which requires the Presidio to be managed in compliance with historic guidelines, which at times are at odds with conservation goals. Despite the Presidio's hurdles, the lighting retrofits and outreach efforts were a success and will save the organization more than 1 million kilowatt-hours and $165,000 annually.

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Energy Efficiency/Energy Management Awards to Small Groups

Photo of PNNL Electricity Reduction Contest Group

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

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

Richland, Washington
509-376-2971

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.

Photo of Dieter Haertel from the 415th Base Support Battalion
Dieter Haertel
Photo of Paul Lindemer from the 415th Base Support Battalion
Paul Lindemer

Bob Ackley
Dieter Haertel
Paul Lindemer
415th Base Support Battalion

Department of the Army
49-631-411-8122

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.

Photo of the March Air Reserve Base Team

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

David A. McPhee
Mari French
Jerry Kerns
Norman Tancrator
Chung Kim
452nd Support Group

March Air Reserve Base, California
909-655-4582

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.

Photo of the MILA Tracking Station Team

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

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
321-867-9652

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.

Photo of EROB Energy Star Group

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

Ernest L. Fossum
Richard J. Horsley
Marshall G. Knight
Mike Nitzel
EROB ENERGY STAR® Label for Buildings

Department of Energy
Idaho Falls, Idaho
208-526-2513

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.

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Energy Efficiency/Energy Management Awards to Individuals

Kathie Nell
Department of Energy
Idaho Falls, Idaho
208-526-0682

During FY 2001, Kathie Nell creatively reinvented employee and public awareness programs for energy and water conservation at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. Ms. Nell's actions included authoring a monthly newsletter and distributing it to all 6,000 employees. She also developed a traveling display for public events featuring DOE energy and water conservation achievements and INEEL conservation programs. Ms. Nell organized the design and construction of a small working model which demonstrates passive solar and photovoltaic technologies. Both the display and the solar model enjoyed a warm reception at Earth Day and other community events. Ms. Nell's efforts have resulted in increased employee appreciation of in-house conservation measures and interest from the public in DOE programs.

Jeff Seaton
Department of the Army
Phoenix, Arizona
602-267-2743

In an organization where customer satisfaction and compliance with energy requirements are the primary directives, Jeff Seaton's steadfast commitment to energy conservation stands out. Mr. Seaton led the Arizona Army National Guard to implement lighting retrofits, distributed generation projects featuring three 200-kilowatt fuel cells and 12 kilowatts of photovoltaic arrays, daylighting systems at two aviation hangars, and water saver pumps. Mr. Seaton also stayed abreast of the latest energy technologies by attending a number of conferences, sharing the knowledge he gained with employees through a newsletter, and other outreach efforts. At the Arizona Army National Guard, Mr. Seaton's endeavors resulted in savings of almost $179,000 and more than 8 billion Btu.

Photo of Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

Daniel B. Wood
Department of the Army
Fort Eustis, Virginia
757-878-2489

During FY 2001, Fort Eustis modernized its central energy plant and completed its annual peak electrical demand and fuel management programs. Daniel Wood was a driving force in planning, programming, and project development for the central energy plant modernization. Mr. Wood oversaw the upgrade of seven of its central heating plants while decentralizing six other plants. The project allowed for the elimination of tremendous distribution system losses and avoided the cost of replacing steam and condensate distribution lines. As a result of Mr. Wood's hard work, Fort Eustis reduced its normalized energy consumption and cost of natural gas/fuel oil by more than 81 billion Btu and more than $670,000.

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Innovative/New Technology Awards to Small Groups

Photo of Jimmy Hale from the Atrium Lighting Retrofit Group
Jimmy Hale
Photo of Carol Jones from the Atrium Lighting Retrofit Group
Carol Jones
Photo of John Murphy from the Atrium Lighting Retrofit Group
John Murphy
Photo of Chun Park from the Atrium Lighting Retrofit Group
Chun Park
Photo of Darwin Simmons from the Atrium Lighting Retrofit Group
Darwin Simmons

Jimmy Hale
Carol Jones
John Murphy
Chun Park
Darwin Simmons
Atrium Lighting Retrofit Group

General Services Administration
Atlanta, Georgia
404-331-6492

The atrium at the Peachtree Summit Building serves as the entrance to the General Service Administration's 845,000 square-foot Atlanta Federal office building. To brighten the atrium, the building's Property Management Center undertook the project of retrofitting the entire ceiling system. The Center conducted an in-depth technical analysis and considered all the viable advanced lighting options. The final selection was the Icetron, an electrodeless lamp. With a life of 100,000 hours, the Icetron lamp system would last more than 11 years if it were on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The new lighting design uses 5,854 watts of electricity and reduced energy use by 42 percent compared to the original installation which used 10,030 watts. Furthermore, the Icetron saves an additional $6,462 during the life of the system as opposed to maintaining the old metal halide equipment. Additional savings will result with the use of daylighting controls. The lighting levels in the atrium area have gone up by approximately a third, and vertical areas previously without light have been illuminated. During 2001, total energy saved was $1,829 and nearly 125 million Btu.

Mark Levi
Stephen May
David McBride
Mary Ann Piette
Dan Traill
Pacific Rim Region GEMNet Group

General Services Administration
San Francisco, California
415-522-3378

The General Services Administration Pacific Rim Region has developed the GSA Energy Maintenance Network (GEMNet) to save energy and reduce operational costs by optimizing, monitoring, benchmarking, and supporting its facilities. The network uses a common database management system to integrate maintenance management with real-time systems such as building automation systems. The database and ancillary applications are used as a technical support framework for building diagnostics, management, and operator information, and as a platform for participation in special programs such as electricity demand relief. In fact, this technology helped launch GSA Pacific Rim Region's response to electricity shortages in California. In spring 2001, the Pacific Rim Region successfully participated in the California Energy Commission's Demand-Responsive HVAC Grant Program for four of its buildings and the California Independent System Operator's Demand Relief Program for two buildings. Energy savings of approximately 5 percent are likely, primarily from preservation of efficiencies achieved through ancillary retrocommissioning and building automation system improvements. If the 5 percent energy reduction comes from use of the GEMNet infrastructure, this would lead to annual regional cost savings of around $1.25 million and 45 billion Btu.

Photo of GSA Reverse Auction Group

(l to r): Brian Magden, Richard Butterworth, Mark Ewing, Linda L. Collins.

Richard Butterworth
Linda L. Collins
Mark Ewing
Brian K. Magden
E-Commerce Reverse Auction Group

General Services Administration
Washington, DC
202-205-5049

As a result of deregulation and the turbulent energy market in New York State, the General Services Administration, Energy Center of Expertise sought to mirror how industry procures and sells energy as well as to meet Federal acquisition regulations. The Energy Center of Expertise awarded a delivery order to Science Applications International Corporation to use the World Energy Solutions electronic web-based reverse auction platform. ECOE's first e-commerce web-based energy procurement provided a quicker, more efficient way to solicit competitive bids on energy supply. The reverse auction electricity procurement avoided duplications of effort, saved time and resources and allowed Federal agencies and organizations to focus their attention on critical missions. ECOE's $165 million energy procurement spanned 6 utility service territories and involved 20 competitive electricity suppliers, 10 qualified agencies, and approximately 900 electric accounts. It resulted in the fulfillment of approximately 624 gigawatt hours of annual electricity requirements, which is enough power for 62,000 residential homes for one year. In certain service territories there was a 35 percent difference between the highest and lowest bids representing tens of millions of dollars in reduced pricing for GSA and its customers. The deregulated electricity industry in New York State combined with GSA's e-commerce reverse auction will save approximately $24 million over a three year period. This procurement proves that GSA can provide cost-effective solutions for energy services as demonstrated by program growth of approximately 700 percent in 12 months.

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Innovative/New Technology Awards to Individuals

Photo of William Turner

William Turner

William B. Turner
United States Air Force
Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington
509-247-5468

As energy manager at Fairchild Air Force Base, working on a team with Fairchild Civil Engineering, Bonneville Power, and building facility managers, William Turner oversaw design and construction of a $2.1 million demand side management energy savings project, and initiated a $15.2 million energy savings performance contract project. The DSM project involved installing light pipe technology and infrared radiant heating in an 11-acre building, which will save almost 2.5 gigawatt hours of electricity and more than 26 billion Btu of natural gas annually. In addition, Mr. Turner's efforts dramatically improved lighting levels. The ESPC project will replace the central steam plant with distributed heating systems for 79 buildings, saving 236 billion Btu of natural gas annually.

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Effective Program Implementation and Management Awards to Organizations

Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
Department of the Navy
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
011-5399-4125

Naval Station Guantanamo Bay maintains self-sufficient water and energy operations, producing 1 million gallons of water and more than 250 megawatt hours of electricity daily. During FY 2001 the Station began to realize enormous energy savings. Through more than $12 million in conservation investments that were largely focused on the repair and renovation of the Base's power and water production plants, the Station saved more than 300 billion Btu, reducing its energy demand from FY 2000 levels by 22 percent. These accomplishments resulted in energy budget savings of more than $1.8 million. The Station also agreed to move ahead with a $9.6 million wind turbine project that will save an additional $1.26 million per year. Guantanamo Bay's conservation programs result from comprehensive planning and are built on a foundation of mission awareness, vision, and training.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Department of the Navy
Portsmouth, Virginia
757-396-9629

During FY 2001, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard made great strides in improving energy efficiency, employing energy saving technologies and best practices, raising energy awareness, and providing exemplary energy and water conservation leadership. The Shipyard upgraded equipment based on the energy manager's standard operating practice of reviewing designs and purchasing recommendations to put energy efficiency at the forefront of decision-making. Through the implementation of more than $2.8 million in upgrades to office and industrial HVAC, lighting, steam infrastructure, and other industrial energy uses, the Shipyard energy managers saved more than $850,000 and 61 billion Btu in annual energy use.

Photo of the Partnership for Energy Performance Team at Fort Detrick

(l to r): Lt. Col. Donald F. Archibald, Dennis J. Doughtery, Gary Happel, Darcy L. Immerman.

The Partnership for Energy Performance at Fort Detrick
The National Cancer Institute

Department of the Army
Frederick, Maryland
301-846-1087

The Partnership for Energy Performance, a unique performance contracting initiative at Fort Detrick, includes a dedicated group of employees from Allegheny Power, the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Army Garrison, and SAIC Frederick. This team has successfully managed $25 million in facility improvements for energy reduction, with guaranteed energy savings during the contract term exceeding $60 million. Some of the project's completed facility improvements include boiler replacement, insulation, lighting retrofits, and water conservation measures. Through this project, the PEP team has demonstrated that diverse groups that share a Federal facility can work together towards a common goal. This project is also unique because the stakeholders in the project created a mission statement and community outreach program before a single energy audit was completed.

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Effective Program Implementation and Management Awards to Small Groups

Richard Brisbois
Janice K. Moyer
David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic

Department of Health & Human Services
Wellpinit, Washington
509-258-4517

This team at the David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic has diligently pursued and implemented highly successful energy management practices with limited personnel and operational resources. Their innovative approach and creative use of resources at the Clinic has resulted in a 68 percent reduction in energy intensity. Specific projects implemented include replacement of inefficient heat pumps, expansion of HVAC zoning to optimize operational control, installation of energy-efficient lighting and windows, and retrofit of plumbing fixtures with low-flow models. The energy savings realized at the facility have enabled the Clinic, an energy intensive facility, to far exceed the 2010 energy reduction goal of 25 percent, compared to a 1990 baseline. The conservation projects not only contributed to a cleaner environment and a more pleasing atmosphere for employees, but also saved energy and valuable taxpayer dollars that could be redirected to direct patient care-the ultimate mission of the Clinic.

Photo of San Francisco Mint Energy PerformanceTeam

(l to r): Mark Zulim, Jones Tong, Claudia Montijo-Wentz, Zoia Rose.

Marcos Irizarry
Claudia Montijo-Wentz
Zoia Rose
Jones Tong
Mark Zulim
San Francisco Mint Energy Performance Team

Department of the Treasury
San Francisco, California
202-622-0043

In order to meet and exceed the Federally mandated energy reduction goals set forth in Executive Order 13123, the San Francisco Mint Energy Performance Team continually strives to find new ways to conserve energy throughout the facility. The Team reduced energy costs and consumption at the Mint's largest coin production plant by more than 11 percent by implementing an aggressive energy program. The program saved the facility 4.6 billion Btu in energy consumption, reduced water consumption by almost 1.7 million gallons, reduced carbon emissions by 116 metric tons, and saved the facility more than $100,000 in avoided costs during FY 2001. The energy program managed by the Team includes a regular energy newsletter and a bulletin board containing energy saving tips. The Team also has prepared an energy plan for the facility and has included procurement procedures that require contract clauses for new equipment to be energy-efficient.

John Gadley
John Havens
Emory Lehman
Tim Walker
Washington Army National Guard

Tacoma, Washington
253-512-7905

This team at the Washington Army National Guard has been working on a long-term program to reduce energy consumption and costs through a series of energy conservation measures. Projects have included the installation of energy management systems, relighting programs, installation of more efficient boilers, and the implementation of intelligent new construction practices. As buildings undergo retrofits, or as new buildings are designed, this team carefully studies the lighting, heating, and cooling systems to ensure they are efficiently sized to match the load and for energy efficiency. The team also has performed hands-on demonstrations of its utility tracking software and energy management systems to state agencies and other facilities management groups. The savings in avoided energy costs during FY 2001 exceeded $1.3 million, and the avoided energy use was more than 113 billion Btu.

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Exceptional Service Awards to Individuals

Photo of John Nerger

John B. Nerger

John B. Nerger
Department of the Army
Washington, DC
703-697-4221

John Nerger's leadership and visionary thinking has contributed to the Army's secure energy future by encouraging the use of clean, renewable technologies, increasing energy efficiency in facilities, and promoting energy awareness at Army facilities and housing worldwide. Under Mr. Nerger's leadership at the Army Facilities and Housing Directorate, the Army developed a strategic energy conservation plan that achieved more than $17 million in energy savings and reduced almost 2 trillion Btu of energy during FY 2001. The plan has a multi-faceted approach made up of several interrelated initiatives, which include awareness, energy management, training, energy engineering and project development efforts, project implementation, new contracting standards, and demonstrations of innovative technologies. Mr. Nerger's support and commitment to the Army Facilities Energy Program has been crucial in ensuring efficient energy management throughout the Army. The structure he has chosen for the execution of the energy plan allows commanders the flexibility to create their own unique energy programs, which fosters cooperation from most Army units and results in greater overall energy and cost savings throughout the agency.

Lieutenant Commander Wade B. Wilhelm, CEC
United States Navy
San Diego, California
619-556-7013

Lieutenant Commander Wade Wilhelm is recognize for his strong leadership and outstanding achievements in directing the energy and utilities management programs for the Navy Region Southwest and the Navy Public Works Center, San Diego. Commander Wilhelm carried out several energy programs, projects, and other initiatives which helped alleviate the cost and operational impacts of uncontrolled electricity prices and rolling blackouts that characterized the California energy crisis. Through innovative energy management techniques, an aggressive energy awareness and training campaign, and a series of new energy policies, Commander Wilhelm's efforts have cut Navy shore facilities' electrical demand by up to 30 percent. Commander Wilhelm also led one of the largest and most aggressively financed energy programs in the Federal Government. He helped develop and award more than $48 million in energy project investment during FY 2001. The program consists of almost $26 million in utility energy service contracts, and more than $22 million in energy savings performance contracts.

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ENERGY STAR® Building Award for Superior Performance

ENERGY STAR® is a symbol of energy efficiency established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and DOE. Buildings that are among the top 25 percent nationwide in terms of energy performance (earning a bench marking score of 75 or greater) and maintain an indoor environment that conforms to industry standards can qualify to receive the Energy Star® label for buildings.

During FY 2001, the following building, operated and maintained by the General Services Administration, achieved a score of 97:

James C. Coreman Federal Building
Van Nuys, California

The superior performance of this Federal building reflects the leadership, dedication and contributions of the GSA building designers, operators, and managers who are responsible for the Federal Government's real property assets.

A number of energy projects were implemented at the Coreman Federal Building during FY 2001. These projects include lighting retrofits, lighting controls, HVAC DDC controls, installation of variable frequency drives, a water conservation project inclusive of a new cooling tower and replacement of restrooms fixtures. Additionally, the existing elevator motor generator sets are being replaced with new energy-efficient variable voltage, variable frequency solid state motor drive units. Future projects will include a 121 kilowatt peak solar photovoltaic system at the Coreman Federal Building.

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