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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 independence.

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 said.

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.


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