Commentary

June 13, 2014

Energy conservation Garrison commander asks everyone to keep use, costs down

Col. Tony Boone
Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Huachuca

Team,
I need your assistance over the next few weeks.

Our recent energy demand has skyrocketed with the increased temperatures. In the last few days, we’ve averaged over 20 megawatts with a high reading of 21.15 megawatts on June 4 at 3 p.m. We are dangerously close to crossing into “peak demand” energy rates which occur when we exceed 23 megawatts for more than 15 minutes on any given day based on our power use agreement.

Reaching peak energy rates increases our rate schedule for the entire year. That rate increase equates to approximately $1.2 million in additional annual energy costs for Fort Huachuca.

Frankly, it’s money we currently don’t have and will directly impact the Garrison’s ability to support our missions.

Our peak demand generally occurs between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. We expect continued higher than normal temperatures and we need to keep our total usage below 23 megawatts.

I need your help until the monsoon begins and cloud cover cools our area. Please follow Army guidance by keeping interior cooling of occupied spaces set no lower than 78 degrees and 85 degrees if not occupied.

We asked for your help last year and you all came through for us, avoiding the expenditure of millions of dollars in additional energy costs.

Thanks for your continued support.




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