USAG-Hawaii’s Building Energy Monitor (BEM) classes begin

| October 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Santiago Hernandez
Energy Conservation
USAG-HI, Directorate of Public Works 

The annual energy waste at this warehouse is $17,517.77. (Courtesy photo)

The annual energy waste at this warehouse is $17,517.77. (Courtesy photo)

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii — The Directorate of Public Works  is re-energizing the Building Energy Monitor (BEM) training and monitoring program. The ultimate goal is to help units conserve energy through awareness and education, and reduce the amount of money used to pay for energy.

The U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Fiscal Year 2017 energy bill was $62,073,849 million dollars ($70 million if you include the Hale Koa and the Kunia tunnel bills), ultimately making it one of the highest bills in the army. To date, garrison’s total energy consumption has increased by +2.7 percent this time last year. Worse, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) estimates that crude oil prices will continue to rise. Unfortunately, at this rate, USAG-HI will have a costlier FY18 energy bill, ultimately reducing the amount of money available for other critical public work projects.

According to the Installation Management Command, energy management makes good sense and increases comfort, productivity and savings. The USAG-HI’s BEM program serves as guidance for developing, implementing and maintaining an energy conservation program. Army Regulation (AR) 420-1 requires the, “establishment of an energy awareness program, including such measures as de-lamping, turning off unneeded lights, use of automatic occupancy temperature set point controls, closing doors and windows to prevent loss of energy required for heating and cooling, establishment of installation ‘energy waste/abuse hotlines’ and appointment and training of building energy monitors.”

The BEM is an important link and partner leading to the success of your unit’s energy conservation program.

The annual energy loss at this Schofield Barracks facility is $29,880. (Courtesy photo)

The annual energy loss at this Schofield Barracks facility is $29,880. (Courtesy photo)

In order to begin, the commander should select a responsible BEM for each building within his/her area of operation. The BEM must be placed on orders and given the opportunity to attend training. School representatives can submit a by name roster in order to secure slots. Rosters should be submitted NLT one week prior to the class date.

Walk-ins are encouraged. However, personnel on school rosters get priority. Attendance is limited to 20 students per class. The classroom is located on Schofield Barracks, Building 2624, Kolekole Avenue – on the first floor, near the latrines. Students are authorized to park in the student parking lot on Foote Avenue across the street from the training site.

– DPW BEM Class Dates: at 1:30 p.m., DPW Classroom Building 2624:

11, 25 October 2018
8, 20 November 2018         10, 31 January 2019
14, 28 February 2019          21 March 2019
11, 25 April 2019                  9, 23 May 2019
6 June 2019                          11 July 2019
8 August 2019                      12, 26 September 2019
10, 24 October 2019             7 November 2019

This motor pool wastes $3,284.58 annually. (Courtesy photo)

This motor pool wastes $3,284.58 annually. (Courtesy photo)

BEM training is for all military personnel, DOD civilians, and contractors working on USAG-HI installations. The POC for the BEM program is Santiago J. Hernandez, Energy Conservation Manager. Send student rosters and class requests to or call 808-656-3289 for more information. The BEM handbook and an updated webpage are under development.

A $62 million dollar energy bill is too much for any Army installation to pay, regardless of size and location. Units are asked to reduce USAG-HI’s energy use and help support the BEM program. It is designed to maintain energy efficiency through training, awareness, and personal involvement. However, without commander, senior NCO and director emphasis, the BEM program will have minimal impact on our conservation efforts.

Every leader knows, a successful energy management program demands involvement and support at all levels, from the individual Soldier to the Commander – from the Employee to the Supervisor. Everyone is responsible to prevent waste, save energy, and to shut it off when not in use. Pass it on!

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