October: DoD to observe Energy
|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
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 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
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,”
“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.