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Air Force Earns Federal Energy Awards

Karen Henry

davismonthanafb-energy-manageThe US Air Force won eight 2014 Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) awards—a record for the service.

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) received 29 nomination packages from across the Air Force and culled them down to 15, the maximum accepted by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Among the winners were the following energy-efficiency programs and projects:

The Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Energy Program team connected Clear Air Force Station, Alaska, to the electric grid, saving $1.5 million annually; made upgrades to a power plant at Thule Air Base, Greenland, saving 636,265 gallons of jet fuel and $2.6 million annually; and installed 6,600 LED street and parking lot fixtures across the command, saving $1 million annually. AFSPC also implemented biodiesel throughout its fleet, the first command to do so.

Steve Perry, energy manager at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, won for his holistic energy plan. The plan includes best energy stewardship practices in aviation, vehicle and facility energy, which saved $760,000 in 2013. He also created the Energy Saver of the Quarter Award and a comic strip called “The ReSOURCERS” to raise awareness across the Air Force via social media.

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, consolidated the Air Force Research Lab’s Power Control Division from multiple locations. These efforts earned the building LEED gold certification. It now uses 31.5 percent less energy with occupancy sensors for heating and cooling systems, and glazing on the outside of the building.

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson worked with the city of Anchorage, Alaska, and Doyon Utilities to build a landfill gas waste-to-energy plant on the installation. The project is projected to save the Air Force $73.6 million over its 46-year lifecycle.

In Arizona, the Davis-Monthan AFB Energy Team worked with numerous agencies and programs, including the utility company, to upgrade 580 taxiway lights to LEDs, and 53 boilers and lights in 14 hangars and warehouses. The base also added a new electric chiller plant and distribution loop. Multiple energy projects around the base last year are expected to save $253,000 annually.



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