2009 Presidential Energy Management Award Winners
The Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management recognize federal employees for their support, leadership, and efforts in promoting and improving federal energy management. Winners of the 2009 awards include:
U.S. Department of Defense
Navy Region Northwest
Naval Base Kitsap
Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) includes NBK Bangor and NBK Bremerton, which encompass Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility and Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport. In fiscal year 2008 each site reduced energy consumption by 12% to 16% below the fiscal year 2003 baseline. NBK's energy management program achieves consistency by implementing a unified, coordinated approach that follows instruction instituted by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest.
In fiscal year 2008, NBK completed 69 energy projects saving almost 309 billion Btu and $2.6 million. NBK is currently working with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) on a four-phase facility upgrade project that, when complete, will include energy conservation measures valued at $25.3 million that save approximately 333 billion Btu and $4 million annually.
Projects include heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades; lighting retrofits; steam system, air compression, energy management system, and direct digital control system upgrades; and two renewable projects including a 900 ton water source heat pump project and a 5 kilowatt photovoltaic project. Water consumption at three of NBK's sites also decreased by between 21% and 36% from the fiscal year 2007 baseline due mainly to installation of freeze protection devices that dramatically reduced the amount of water required to protect equipment from freezing in the winter.
In fiscal year 2008, NBK's energy team also introduced the "BRITE" energy mascot. BRITE has already become the mascot for the entire Navy, attending events and raising awareness at Navy sites worldwide.
D. Philip Beste
Frank E. Brown
Robert J. Demyanovich, PE, CEM
Chris M. Drury, PE
Christopher V. Floro, PE
Michael R. Huber, PE
Captain Stephen E. Iwanowicz, USN
Captain Mark J. Olson, USN
Randy H. Rogers, CEM
Captain Robert Schlesinger, CEC, USN (Ret)
Caryn R. Seifert
Commander George N. Suther, CEC, USN
Admiral James Symonds, USN
David A. Washington
Captain Mark R. Whitney, USN
U.S Department of Defense
Department of the Navy
Naval Air Station Oceana
Dam Neck Annex
Naval Air Station Oceana surpassed its fiscal year 2015 energy savings goal 10 years early, and in fiscal year 2008 decreased its energy use further to 42% below the fiscal year 2003 baseline, saving $2.4 million in energy costs and 117 billion Btu. These savings were accomplished through a number of projects completed in fiscal year 2008, primarily the Dam Neck Annex energy savings performance contract (ESPC).
The ESPC eliminated the inefficient central steam plant and installed localized natural gas boilers and a central condenser cooling loop, which included 4,000 tons of ground source heap pump (GSHP) systems and chillers. A key innovation strategy involved withdrawing 14 million gallons per day of effluent from the municipal wastewater outfall line, pumping it through the primary heat exchangers, and returning the effluent into the outfall line. Heat exchangers and pumps circulate condenser cooling water throughout a 10 mile distribution loop on the base.
The ESPC also incorporated other HVAC upgrades, water conservation measures, and lighting upgrades. The total project cost of almost $33 million will be offset by expected annual savings of almost 244 billion Btu and $2.8 million, as well as reductions in fuel oil and natural gas consumption.
To date, Oceana has audited 4.7 million square feet, or approximately 65% of the base square footage, for energy consumption requirements. More than $44 million in additional energy conservation measures including GSHP will be awarded in fiscal year 2009.
CAPT David Boone
LTJG Michelle Caponigro
John Joel Dano
Tonnie G. Harrison
Robert P. Harvey
CDR Kevin Kreide
CAPT Markham Rich
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Energy Management Team
In FY 2008 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reduced energy intensity by 21.7% from the 2003 baseline, used eligible renewable electricity equivalent to 3.1% of total electricity use, and reduced water intensity by 20.6% from 2007. USDA built upon past successes in meeting its goals by creating the Sustainable Operations Council (SOC) to coordinate energy management efforts across the Department, supported through USDA's Asset Management Council, Procurement Council, employee green teams, and various workgroups.
To create effective management tools and energy initiatives, USDA synergistically combined its strategic plans and policies with services provided by the Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program. USDA employs tools such as Energy Savings Performance Contracts, Utility Energy Service Contracts, green power purchase agreements, internal USDA Agency scorecards, corporate energy data management systems, and environmental management systems. USDA also has increased its use of alternative transportation fuels and is procuring more energy efficient replacement vehicles.
USDA leadership chartered "green teams" to promote and foster sustainable operations, which include employees regardless of discipline or organizational level. For example, one green team was responsible for installing electric steam kettles and electric hot water heaters within the USDA Headquarters Complex for summer mode use; with a simple payback of 17 months, the project yielded annual savings of 4.8 million Btu of steam and $194,000.
In FY 2008, the "USDA Unplugged Challenge" spread awareness about the energy usage and waste that occurs at the USDA Headquarters Complex during evenings and weekends, showing employees the potential to reduce electric use by 9,000 kilowatt hours in a 24 hour period during the work week and by 24,000 kilowatt hours over the weekend.
U.S. Department of Commerce
Energy Management Team
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) reduced energy intensity 19.9% from FY 2003, used eligible renewable electricity equivalent to 3.6% of its total electricity use, and reduced water intensity by 30% from 2007. To achieve success, DOC leverages in-house staff, seeks out commercial and Federal energy experts, and implements Energy Savings Performance Contracts and Utility Energy Service Contracts to accomplish otherwise impossible projects.
DOC implemented its FY 2009-2013 DOC Strategic Implementation Plan for energy management that defines its commitment to meeting federally mandated goals. Employees are empowered to creatively approach energy conservation challenges through energy working groups, Employee Green Teams, and energy awareness campaigns. DOC has already met its 2015 water reduction goal due one employee's innovative water conservation and reuse project at the National Institute of Standards and Technology that reduced water use by 33 million gallons in one year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration incorporates sustainability into daily routines and established a "Green Grant" program providing small grants for energy projects submitted by employees at NOAA's field offices.
To take advantage of energy expertise across the Federal government, DOC established various interagency agreements to provide technical support for energy audits, renewable energy projects, and sustainable buildings. DOC is also implementing EPA's Energy Star® Portfolio Manager to track energy usage and overall building performance across its portfolio. As part of a pilot project at the headquarters building, DOC installed an energy data management program that uses software developed and marketed by DOC's own National Technology and Information Service.
Furthermore, DOC is working to effectively manage its transportation program by incorporating alternative fuel vehicles, reducing the number of miles driven, and educating fleet managers and drivers.
James L. Boyd
John R. Bollinger
Jana M. Brooks
Rosaline A. Hill
Robert J. Scinta
U.S. Department of the Interior
Energy and Transportation Management Team
In FY 2008, efforts of the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Energy and Transportation Management Team reduced energy intensity by 21.9% from FY 2003, used eligible renewable electricity equivalent to 12.4% of total electricity use, and reduced water intensity by 3.8% from 2007. The vast majority of DOI's buildings are less than 10,000 gross square feet. This, coupled with remote locations and diverse missions of DOI bureaus, presents unique facility challenges; DOI therefore uses an integrated approach to asset management to help meet its energy management goals.
The Bureau of Land Management's innovative and successful use of a bureau-wide Energy Savings Performance Contract motivated other bureaus within Interior to explore similar approaches with both ESPC and Utility Energy Service Contracts. On-site renewable energy projects have been incorporated at 375 sites throughout the Department.
Energy efficient and on-site renewable energy technologies as well as other sustainable practices were identified as Departmental priorities for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded projects. Further, partnerships with the Department of Energy and its national laboratories, universities, and other stakeholders provide opportunities for DOI Bureaus to showcase various innovative energy and water conservation, and renewable energy technologies to 460 million annual visitors to its parks, refuges, and recreation facilities.
In its covered fleet vehicles, DOI reduced petroleum use by 12% relative to FY 2005. Important parts of their strategy include reducing the size of the fleet by 9% while increasing the number of alternative fuel vehicles by 20%; acquiring the minimum size, type, and number of vehicles needed; and requiring vehicle baselines and justification to influence the fleet size and composition.
W. Scott Davis
Mary C. Heying
Debra E. Sonderman
Bureau of Reclamation
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Energy and Fleet Teams
U. S. Geological Survey Office of Management Services
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Energy and Transportation Management Team
As a result of the actions taken by the energy and fleet managers across the Department, in FY 2008 the U.S. Department of the Treasury reduced energy intensity by 14% from 2003 baseline, used eligible renewable electricity equivalent to 4.9% of total electricity use, and reduced water intensity by 14% from 2007. Working as a Community of Practice, the Department's Energy and Fleet Management Councils implement multiple strategies which include the participation of all the Department's organizations to achieve results. The Councils meet quarterly to disseminate materials and information to the group and review the Federal mandates.
Treasury employed a number of strategies in FY 2008:
- Issued new and revised Treasury Directives in FY 2008 and 2009 that deal specifically with energy intensity reduction, water reduction, alternative fuels, and alternative fuel vehicles.
- Used Utility Energy Service Contacts to execute energy and water audits, energy projects, and re-commissioning efforts throughout the Department.
- Implemented advanced metering plans were implemented in appropriate facilities.
- Purchased renewable Energy Certificates and new renewable energy power through local utilities. Reinforced employee energy awareness and events Treasury-wide.
Further, to achieve an increase in alternative fuel use of 1.8% and a decrease in overall petroleum fuel use of 2.6%, the Department acquired more fuel efficient vehicles when purchasing new ones or replacing GSA Fleet vehicles; acquired Ethanol (E85) capable vehicles; and used E85 where available. The reduction in petroleum use is especially significant since more than 85% of the Department's fleet is made up of law enforcement vehicles exempt from these requirements.
Yuri J. Chuhaj
David M. Fleming
Gillom Smith Jr.
Phyllis M. Smith
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Excellence in Resource Conservation
In FY 2008 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reduced energy intensity 24.4% from FY 2003 and reduced water intensity by 6.3% from 2007. In September 2006, EPA became the first major federal agency to offset 100% of its electricity use with green power, largely through the use of renewable energy certificates secured mainly with assistance from the Defense Energy Support Center.
During the design and construction of any new facility, EPA uses extensive energy modeling and innovative technologies that dramatically improve energy performance. EPA uses re-commissioning extensively, and recently completed a re-commissioning of its largest lab in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina that reduced energy use by 38%. Facility utility data are collected quarterly to check progress and identify performance issues. EPA also continuously updates its multi-year energy plan to forecast long-term agency energy performance.
EPA reduced its water use by 11% between FY 2002 and FY 2007. Despite the new lower baseline, EPA succeeded in meeting its goals due in part to water assessments completed for all of its reporting facilities, which incorporated Federal Energy Management Program best management practices and laboratory-specific water conservation approaches. A new Water Conservation Strategy helps EPA prioritize water conservation projects, which focus on both water re-use and standard water use reduction strategies.
In FY 2008, EPA reduced covered fleet petroleum use by 19.5% compared to the FY 2005 baseline. EPA is on track to meet the petroleum reduction goal of 20% by FY 2015 a full 6 years early and projects an FY 2009 reduction of 26% below the baseline, mainly through increased communication and training for regional and local fleet managers.
Abbas H. Keshavarz
Betty J. Kinney
Bryford G. Metoyer, Jr.
Evan G. Snyder
Defense Energy Support Center - Renewable Initiatives Division