Tripler recognized for energy efficiency efforts

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

 

Col. David Dunning, TAMC commander,  displays a ceremonial check presented by Hawaii Energy. (TAMC staff and others from left: Lt. Col. Hugh McLean, deputy for administration; Armand Carlos, Adam Duranceau and  Joel Rittgarn, Johnson Control Inc.; Lt. Col. Gretta Bennett, chief of logistics; Dunning; Martin Lau, PRMC facilities director; Lily Koo, Hawaii Energy; Patrick Sharkey, mechanical engineer; Peter Kwong, program manager and deputy facility director; Troy Vigil, Johnson Control Inc.; and Walter Michel, chief of engineering.

Col. David Dunning, TAMC commander, displays a ceremonial check presented by Hawaii Energy. (TAMC staff and others from left: Lt. Col. Hugh McLean, deputy for administration; Armand Carlos, Adam Duranceau and Joel Rittgarn, Johnson Control Inc.; Lt. Col. Gretta Bennett, chief of logistics; Dunning; Martin Lau, PRMC facilities director; Lily Koo, Hawaii Energy; Patrick Sharkey, mechanical engineer; Peter Kwong, program manager and deputy facility director; Troy Vigil, Johnson Control Inc.; and Walter Michel, chief of engineering.

Story and photos by Ana Allen
Pacific Regional Medical Command

 

HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center received a $270,000 incentive from Hawaii Energy during a check presentation, recently, for the installation of energy-saving chillers at the TAMC commander’s lanai.

The incentive helps offset the cost to upgrade the hospital’s central plant with two chillers and a comprehensive new electronic control system.

The upgraded central plant, which provides chilled water to cool the hospital, is expected to reduce energy usage by an estimated 616,140 kilowatt hours per year — the equivalent to saving about $150,000 in energy costs based on $0.2434/kwh.

Col. David Dunning, commander, TAMC, accepted the recognition on behalf of the hospital.

“As the largest military medical facility in the Pacific, it is important that we are good stewards of the energy resources within our local community. This conservation effort lessens fossil fuels and correspondingly lowers greenhouse gas emissions, making TAMC a clean energy ally to the state of Hawaii,” said Dunning.

The new plant will also operate more reliably for the hospital.

TAMC’s facility management staff worked with technology experts at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Huntsville Center, in Alabama, to identify project partners, including Johnson Controls, leading similar energy and technology updates for other federal agencies.

Prior to the upgrade, the central plant was running on two different systems with some of the functions controlled manually by TAMC plant operators. The updated chillers will be managed by a direct digital controls electronic control system, giving plant operators a real-time look at the plant’s performance to make operation easier and more effective.

“We proudly salute the U.S. Army for its commitment to a cleaner energy future by adopting energy conservation and efficiency measures at the hospital,” said Lily Koo, business program specialist, Hawaii Energy. “We look forward to collaborating with TAMC on future energy-saving projects.”

 

Tripler and Hawaii Energy

Tripler’s mission is to provide patient-centered, outcomes-based health care and to drive the transformation to a System for Health for beneficiaries in the Pacific Region.

In addition, TAMC educates, trains and provides a ready medical force to enhance health and save lives.

TAMC’s vision is to serve as the oasis of health and wellness for America’s heroes and families in the Pacific Region.

Visit www.tamc.amedd.army.mil/ or www.facebook.com/TriplerArmyMedicalCenter.

Hawaii Energy is the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program administered by Leidos Engineering under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, serving the islands of Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu.

Hawaii Energy offers cash rebates and other incentives to residents and businesses to help offset the cost of installing energy-efficient equipment.

In addition to rebates, the program conducts education and training for residents, businesses and trade allies to encourage the adoption of energy conservation behaviors and efficiency measures.

The program plays an important role in helping to achieve Hawaii’s goal of reducing total electric energy usage by 30 percent or 4.3 billion kilowatt hours by 2030.

Visit www.HawaiiEnergy.com.

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