2nd SBCT receives mock energy bill from DPW

| September 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
Photo by Keith Yamanaka, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Directorate of Public Works  Santiago Hernandez, writer of this article and USAG-HI DPW energy conservation manager,  presents Col. David B. Womack, commander, 2nd SBCT, with a mock energy bill, Aug. 31.

Photo by Keith Yamanaka, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Directorate of Public Works
Santiago Hernandez, writer of this article and USAG-HI DPW energy conservation manager, presents Col. David B. Womack, commander, 2nd SBCT, with a mock energy bill, Aug. 31.2nd

 

Santiago J. Hernandez
Energy Conservation Manager
Directorate of Public Works
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

On Aug. 31, Col. David Womack, commander 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, was the first to receive a mock energy bill from U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Public Works.

Garrison energy manager Keith Yamanaka presented Womack a bill that reflects approximately 60 percent of 2nd SBCT’s energy use for July.

“Our MDMS (meter data management system) reporting system is slowly coming online, so it is not reporting 100 percent; however, we are not waiting until then. We are moving forward and intend to provide unit commanders with current and accurate energy information, even if it does not cover all of their buildings,” said Yamanaka.

The new energy bill initiative by DPW facilitates the Army Hawaii mission commander’s broadened energy conservation strategy, intended to reduce energy use by 10 percent.

“I am more than happy to reduce our energy use,” Womack said. “The savings can be redirected to training, quality of life programs and garrison infrastructure improvements.”

The new MSDMS is an engineering initiative by USAG-HI to monitor Exchange and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities, and military and contractor organizations, particularly, to determine their monthly energy costs.

More than 300 buildings were selected throughout the garrison to have the energy meter installed. To date, the system is being calibrated by the Army Corps of Engineers and is slowly reporting accurate and usable data.

In addition to presenting Womack with a bill, the DPW energy team notified him that his units would be inspected, day and night, for energy usage.

“Inspect us and let us know how we are doing and what we need to do to improve,” Womack replied. “We want to help conserve energy and do the right thing.”

Last year, USAG-HI paid a little under $90 million in energy costs. It implemented an energy conservation policy, training unit energy conservation officers and building energy monitors conducting energy inspections.

Providing units with mock bills will definitely help reduce costs. However, if the garrison really wants to make a major impact to its energy bill, adjustments must be made to the current mindset, habits and culture.

As a military community, USAG-HI has to come to terms with the fact that the era of energy abundance is over and that current energy expenditure rates are unsustainable. Everyone will have to assume personal responsibility for conserving energy, especially if the garrison is to reduce its carbon footprint and costs, and limit global climate change.

Together, USAG-HI can make a difference. DPW reminds the garrison community that everyone is responsible for energy conservation.

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