Innovative/New Technology Awards to Small Groups

December 1, 2002

Jimmy Hale
Carol Jones
John Murphy
Chun Park
Darwin Simmons
Atrium Lighting Retrofit Group
General Services Administration
Atlanta, Georgia
404-331-6492

Photo of Jimmy Hale from the Atrium Lighting Retrofit Group

Jimmy Hale

Photo of Carol Jones from the Atrium Lighting Retrofit Group

Carol Jones

Photo of John Murphy from the Atrium Lighting Retrofit Group

John Murphy

Photo of Chun Park from the Atrium Lighting Retrofit Group

Chun Park

Photo of Darwin Simmons from the Atrium Lighting Retrofit Group

Darwin Simmons

The atrium at the Peachtree Summit Building serves as the entrance to the General Service Administration's 845,000 square-foot Atlanta Federal office building. To brighten the atrium, the building's Property Management Center undertook the project of retrofitting the entire ceiling system. The Center conducted an in-depth technical analysis and considered all the viable advanced lighting options. The final selection was the Icetron, an electrodeless lamp. With a life of 100,000 hours, the Icetron lamp system would last more than 11 years if it were on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The new lighting design uses 5,854 watts of electricity and reduced energy use by 42 percent compared to the original installation which used 10,030 watts. Furthermore, the Icetron saves an additional $6,462 during the life of the system as opposed to maintaining the old metal halide equipment. Additional savings will result with the use of daylighting controls. The lighting levels in the atrium area have gone up by approximately a third, and vertical areas previously without light have been illuminated. During 2001, total energy saved was $1,829 and nearly 125 million Btu.

Mark Levi
Stephen May
David McBride
Mary Ann Piette
Dan Traill
Pacific Rim Region GEMNet Group
General Services Administration
San Francisco, California
415-522-3378

The General Services Administration Pacific Rim Region has developed the GSA Energy Maintenance Network (GEMNet) to save energy and reduce operational costs by optimizing, monitoring, benchmarking, and supporting its facilities. The network uses a common database management system to integrate maintenance management with real-time systems such as building automation systems. The database and ancillary applications are used as a technical support framework for building diagnostics, management, and operator information, and as a platform for participation in special programs such as electricity demand relief. In fact, this technology helped launch GSA Pacific Rim Region's response to electricity shortages in California. In spring 2001, the Pacific Rim Region successfully participated in the California Energy Commission's Demand-Responsive HVAC Grant Program for four of its buildings and the California Independent System Operator's Demand Relief Program for two buildings. Energy savings of approximately 5 percent are likely, primarily from preservation of efficiencies achieved through ancillary retrocommissioning and building automation system improvements. If the 5 percent energy reduction comes from use of the GEMNet infrastructure, this would lead to annual regional cost savings of around $1.25 million and 45 billion Btu.

Richard Butterworth
Linda L. Collins
Mark Ewing
Brian K. Magden
E-Commerce Reverse Auction Group
General Services Administration
Washington, DC
202-205-5049

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(l to r): Brian Magden, Richard Butterworth, Mark Ewing, Linda L. Collins.

As a result of deregulation and the turbulent energy market in New York State, the General Services Administration, Energy Center of Expertise sought to mirror how industry procures and sells energy as well as to meet Federal acquisition regulations. The Energy Center of Expertise awarded a delivery order to Science Applications International Corporation to use the World Energy Solutions electronic web-based reverse auction platform. ECOE's first e-commerce web-based energy procurement provided a quicker, more efficient way to solicit competitive bids on energy supply. The reverse auction electricity procurement avoided duplications of effort, saved time and resources and allowed Federal agencies and organizations to focus their attention on critical missions. ECOE's $165 million energy procurement spanned 6 utility service territories and involved 20 competitive electricity suppliers, 10 qualified agencies, and approximately 900 electric accounts. It resulted in the fulfillment of approximately 624 gigawatt hours of annual electricity requirements, which is enough power for 62,000 residential homes for one year. In certain service territories there was a 35 percent difference between the highest and lowest bids representing tens of millions of dollars in reduced pricing for GSA and its customers. The deregulated electricity industry in New York State combined with GSA's e-commerce reverse auction will save approximately $24 million over a three year period. This procurement proves that GSA can provide cost-effective solutions for energy services as demonstrated by program growth of approximately 700 percent in 12 months.