Story & Photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
The Feb. 2
presentation of an energy-conservation financial incentive award was
another sign of the successful continuing cooperative effort between
Fort McCoy’s energy provider, a statewide energy-conservation program
and the installation.
Don Keck (second from right)
presents a ceremonial incentive award check to Fort McCoy
Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser, representing Fort
McCoy, for savings in an energy-conservation project. Rob
Sturgis (far left) and Mike Herro (far right) represented Xcel
Energy, which is Fort McCoy’s energy provider.
Commander Col. David E. Chesser said he was honored to accept the
$28,100 incentive award, which was presented in the form of a ceremonial
check by representatives from Focus on Energy and Xcel Energy. The check
resulted from a lighting replacement project in the Installation
Materiel Maintenance Activity (IMMA), facilities, buildings 200, 205,
206 and 208.
rebate is really significant for the installation,” Chesser said. “We
are under a Department of Defense/Army mandate to reduce energy
consumption by 3 percent a year. For us that’s a challenge, because our
infrastructure is somewhat aged.”
past several years, Fort McCoy has invested in modernizing its
infrastructure. Chesser said it was a pleasant surprise to get money
back from a project.
of the Focus on Energy program, a statewide energy-conservation program,
said his group partners with Xcel Energy, the installation’s energy
provider, to provide energy conservation assistance. The program has
helped with the insulation and building envelope upgrades to hundreds of
barracks, administrative/supply and double dining facilities and many
other energy conservation projects on post, he said.
project in the IMMA will save approximately half the energy of the old
lighting it replaced, Keck said.
lighting quality is tremendously better so your personnel will have
better working conditions,” Keck said. “We had a special bonus in place,
and your people and the contractor were able to get things going fast
enough so you were able to take advantage of that bonus. That’s one of
the reasons the incentive check was so large.”
Schlichting, McCoy Joint Public Works energy manager, said the project
in building 200 included replacing 400-, 250- and 175-watt high-bay
metal halide lights with four- and six-lamp T8 high-bay fluorescent
energy-cost reduction Schlichting calculated from the IMMA project was
$18,169 per year. The money, as well as rebates from other projects, is
used in installation construction and renovation projects.
project is part of the Directorate of Public Works’ efforts toward
reducing the total energy consumption of the installation and for Fort
McCoy to meet federal energy-reduction requirements,” Schlichting said.
energy-saving lighting- replacement projects are scheduled for buildings
490, 1122, 50 and 2187, and some warehouses in the 2100 block.
Schlichting said all new lighting installed throughout the post is very
energy efficient and provides better lighting. Other projects being
developed include vacuum fluorescent display lighting and motor
replacements for the walk-in coolers on post.
information about energy reduction/savings at Fort McCoy, call
608-388-4557/2601, or see the energy awareness tips on the Fort McCoy
Corporate Network. The tips, published weekly, also include tips to
reduce residential energy usage.