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October 23, 2009
Energy conservation critical to help
installation meet DoD mandated goals
|Energy conservation will be critical at Fort McCoy this
winter and in the upcoming months as the installation seeks, beginning
Oct. 1, to meet a fiscal year (FY) 2010 Department of Defense mandate to
reduce energy usage by 15 percent from FY 2003 figures.
Eric Schlichting, Directorate of Public Works (DPW) energy manager for
the McCoy Public Works Joint Venture, said officials at the Installation
Management Command and Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation
Management will be closely watching the installation’s energy usage.
October is a key month as it is designated as National Energy Awareness
Month. This year’s theme is “A Sustainable Energy Future: We’re putting
all the pieces together.”
Fort McCoy currently faces challenges in meeting the mandated objectives
particularly during the winter months, Schlichting said. People in the
Fort McCoy work force can help Fort McCoy meet the reduction goals by
turning off lighting and heat that is not needed this winter. Other
opportunities to save energy costs include turning off computers when
not needed and using electrically efficient appliances.
The DPW also has determined a number of steps to take and projects to
help accomplish the 15 percent reduction, Schlichting said. Building
energy monitors are being trained for the heating season.
All buildings on post must have building energy monitors assigned to
follow the Fort McCoy Energy Conservation Policy No. 9-13. Building
energy monitors will be critical in controlling unnecessary energy
waste, he added.
Additionally, DPW officials have begun developing new energy projects on
the installation designed to cut costs and help reduce energy usage.
These projects include starting to upgrade existing lighting, testing
using air to air heat pumps on selected administration buildings, adding
energy-saving devices on existing equipment, and building an Energy
Management Control System to tie buildings and their controls together
for easier management.
The Army’s senior leadership — Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston;
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and John M. McHugh,
Secretary of the Army — is asking everyone in the Army community to
promote energy security and improve energy conservation. The theme
highlights how the federal government, private sector and the public
have a role in shaping energy future and moving the nation toward energy
Also studies are ongoing to assess some of the installation’s most
energy-consuming processes, Schlichting said.
Every action personnel take toward reducing the installation’s energy
consumption will increase energy savings at Fort McCoy, Schlichting
Another positive effect is that these energy-saving actions also will
work at home. Therefore, doing the simple things this winter will save
money for everyone on post or at home, he said.
For ideas about how to save energy, consult the Fort McCoy Corporate
Network Web site and look for weekly energy tip postings.