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September 23, 2011

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October: DoD to observe Energy Awareness

Organizations throughout the Department of Defense (DoD), including Fort McCoy, will observe Energy Awareness Month in October. The 2011 theme is “Turn Words into Action; Turn Action into Results.”

Michael J. Kelley, the chief engineer of the Energy-Utilities Branch for the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works, said the installation has implemented a number of energy-conservation measures during the past few years.

The installation’s efforts to reduce energy usage have included replacing older light fixtures, improving insulation, and adding high-efficiency appliances, whenever possible, Kelley said.

The installation will replace street lighting throughout the cantonment area, excluding parking lots or street lights in the Main Gate area. Kelley said the project is expected to be bid and awarded by the end of the year.

The Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management Office has provided funding to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for an energy audit of some of the largest energy-using facilities at the Fort McCoy, Kelley said.

Sain Engineering Associates, Inc. from Birmingham, Ala., was hired by the USACE to perform audits in about 30 buildings.
Sain has completed its site visits, worked on the data analysis and project development and recently has submitted a draft copy of its report — the final report is expected around mid-October.

“We’ve had mechanical engineers, lighting engineers, and water engineers look at the equipment in the different buildings as well as analyze our utility bills and population trends to develop projects we can undertake to reduce energy usage,” Kelley said. “They’ve pretty much completed their site visits and now are working on the data analysis and project development.”

Installation officials are anticipating receipt of the report by the end of the year. Kelley said the study will help the installation reduce its energy and water usage as mandated in several legislative acts and presidential executive orders.

According to these mandates, energy use must be decreased by 3 percent each year for 10 years from a baseline set by energy consumption in fiscal year (FY) 2003.

The program is under way and ends in FY 2015. This would be a total energy reduction of 30 percent, Kelley said.

Likewise, water consumption must be cut by 2 percent a year from a baseline set based on FY 2007 consumption rates for 13 years through FY 2020 for a total water usage reduction of 26 percent.

Employees in the Fort McCoy work force play an important role in helping to curb unnecessary energy/water use, Kelley said.

“While all these projects introducing renewable energy or new equipment that’s more efficient than our existing equipment are important, the first thing we all must do is reduce our energy usage wherever we can,” he said.

“If you do common-sense things you would normally do around the house that will go a long way toward helping us meet our goals,” Kelley said. “Turn off the lights in your office or other areas when you’re not going to be around for a while.”

Kelley said monitoring the use of air conditioners/heating equipment and not running them with windows or exterior doors open will help save energy costs. Computer monitors and printers also should be placed in energy-saving modes or shut off, if possible, before leaving an office or going home.

Employees who notice things out of the ordinary, such as outdoor lights on in the middle of the day or furnaces running when it’s 80 degrees outside should contact the HELP Desk at 608-388-4357. Technicians will fix the problem or refer it to the engineering group for analysis and a long-term solution, if necessary, he said.

Building Energy Monitors are appointed for every building per Fort McCoy Energy Conservation Policy 09-13, which can be found on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network (FMCN).

Guidance also is available in the Army Facilities Management, Army Regulation 420-1, Chapter 22, Paragraph 22-12b.
The Fort McCoy Energy Office puts out regular energy awareness reminders on the FMCN about energy usage and conservation.

Kelley said the latest version also includes a number of simple things employees can do to help reduce energy usage.
For more information about energy conservation/awareness at Fort McCoy, contact your building energy monitor or call Kelley at 608-388-8682.

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