Fort Bragg's ESPC Project Boosts Energy Supply-Side Savings

February 1, 2002

At Fort Bragg, home to the XVIII Airborne Corps, strategic energy management is yielding positive results. With its energy partner, Honeywell, Fort Bragg is capturing supply-side savings and applying them towards traditional demand-side programs using the Army Corps of Engineers multi-state Super Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC). Without the ESPC, Fort Bragg's opportunities would have been greatly limited with its relatively inexpensive energy costs and under-funded operations and maintenance budgets.


Cooling Towers at Fort Bragg

High-efficiency cooling towers are among the equipment upgrades at Fort Bragg.

Fort Bragg implemented Honeywell's Total Energy Account Management (T.E.A.M.— Services strategy, which is helping to:

  • reduce costs and manage risk in purchasing energy;

  • optimize the delivery efficiency of the energy through central and distributed heating and cooling plants;

  • select energy sources and switch fuels in real-time to reduce costs and minimize emissions;

  • implement a state-of-the-art, web-based information system to monitor and manage all facets of the energy operations; and

  • coordinate all privatization and out-sourcing activities to maintain the efficiencies of an integrated operation.

The results from the ESPC have been impressive. In FY 2000, Fort Bragg's 12 completed projects delivered 150 billion Btu in energy savings. "The ESPC program has been a win-win for Fort Bragg in reducing energy costs, maximizing energy efficiency, and improving the quality of life for soldiers and occupants," said Georges Dib, Energy Program Coordinator, Public Works Business Center, Fort Bragg.

In conjunction with rate re-negotiations with local utilities and the incorporation of real-time pricing, more than $5�million in cost savings was generated during FY�2000. The project's cost reductions will generate close to $98�million in savings over the full term of the ESPC program. "We have awarded 10 ESPC projects in addition to the 12 completed projects. These new projects will contribute an additional energy savings reduction that allows Fort Bragg to meet the mandate of Executive Order 13123, and support its mission in providing facilities the latest integrated energy efficiency operation," added Dib.

A strategic Integrated Solutions Team (IST) helped to provide direction, set priorities, resolve conflicts, and acted as a board of directors for the ESPC program and its related activities. On each individual project, tactical teams worked to carry out the priorities set by the IST. Initial skepticism and reluctance have given way to positive support for the program and competition among personnel to see whose area will move up on the IST's prioritization list.

In addition, Fort Bragg has worked to identify ESPC-related costs and assigned funds to a separate account. ESPC contracting is now a part of Fort Bragg's annual budgeting process.

The successful ESPC efforts at Fort Bragg are being implemented at numerous DOD installations and non-DOD agencies throughout the United States and Europe. The IST and tactical team strategies are currently being utilized by the Army at Fort Richardson, Fort Rucker, Fort Wainright; the Air Force at Davis Monthan, Grand Forks, Hickam, Hill, Kirtland; the 104th and 26th Area Support Groups in Germany; and other military installations and Federal facilities.

For more information, please contact Georges Dib of Fort Bragg at 910-432-5093 or dibg@bragg.army.mil.