Salutes & Awards

August 28, 2014

Air Force earns majority of federal energy awards

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Jennifer McCabe
Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo)
Solar panels collect sunlight at Davis-Monthan. The Davis-Monthan solar array project is placed on 170 acres of underutilized land, making it the largest of its kind currently on any U.S Department of Defense installation. The Department of Energy chose it as a 2014 Federal Energy Management Program award winner.

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — It’s a banner year for the Air Force with the Department of Energy recently announcing that service won a lion’s share of 2014 Federal Energy Management Program awards.

The Air Force won its most ever: eight of the 25 projects or programs selected as deserving of this year’s coveted FEMP awards. In total, 10 government agencies won awards including the Navy with four and the Army with one.

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center received 29 nomination packages from across the Air Force and culled them down to 15, the maximum accepted by DOE.

“The Air Force is doing great things to save energy, water and money,” said AFCEC Director Joe Sciabica. “Work by Airmen, civilians and contractors over the past two decades has created a cost avoidance of $626 million, money that can be better spent executing the Air Force mission.”

In Arizona, the Davis-Monthan AFB Energy Team was one of the “Project Award Winners.” The D-M Energy Team worked with numerous agencies and programs, including the utility company, to upgrade 580 taxiway lights to LEDs, and 53 boilers and lights in 14 hangars and warehouses. Angela Flores, Gustavo Gonzalez, Greg Noble and Richard Whitaker worked together to add a new electric chiller plant and distribution loop. Multiple energy projects around the base last year is expected to save $253,000 annually.




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