Garrison’s Directorate of Public Works wins energy, water awards

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Assistant Secretary of the Army
Installations, Energy and Environment

TAMPA, Florida — J. Randall Robinson, acting assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, and Carla Coulson, acting deputy assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, presented 13 individuals and teams with 2017 Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Awards during the Energy Exchange Symposium, here, Aug. 17.

The awards were for energy efficiency, energy management and water conservation within the Army and the federal government.

Among the recipients for energy program effectiveness were U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s energy team: Keith Yamanaka, Ted Robinson, Santiago Hernandez, Andrew Nyerges and Scott Bly.

From left, J. Randall Robinson, acting assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment; Keith Yamanaka, DPW energy manager; Scott Bly, senior project manager at Aqua Engineers; Andrew Nyerges, development manager at IPC; Santiago Hernandez, DPW energy conservation manager; and Carla Coulson, acting deputy assistant chief of staff for IMCOM pose for a remembrance photo. (Photo by Sarah J. Mandes, P.E. Department of the Army)

The team employed innovative methods to decrease energy cost and consumption, to increase renewable energy and to enhance energy resilience. The energy team astutely pursued two major efforts that required no capital investments, yet yielded enormous savings.

In collaboration with the local utility, the team optimized the natural gas account and developed an innovative rate structure and metering methodology that enabled reimbursable tenants to increase use of grid-tied solar power and facilitated inter-connection processes.

This resulted in savings of nearly $10 million and increased solar production/consumption by nearly 13,000 megawatt hours.

Despite a 7.7 percent increase in facility square footage, altogether the team reduced energy costs $12.3 million and reduced energy consumption 90,233 MBTU.

The Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Awards Program was established in 1979 to recognize installations, small groups and individuals who make significant achievements in energy conservation and water management in support of Army readiness.

This program encourages stewardship of energy and water resources, promotes innovative and effective program management and reinforces the importance of sound investments in energy and water facilities and infrastructure to improve mission readiness.

It also recognizes significant achievements in advancing the Army’s energy and water program strategic goals, improving energy security and sustainability on Army installations.

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