Local

June 8, 2012

CES reduces energy to save money

by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron will receive approximately $54,500 from an energy program by reducing the amount of electricity Luke Air Force Base uses from June 1 to Sept. 30. It’s estimated that Luke will help with a megawatt-hour reduction if called upon in the four-month period.

The energy program is called Peak Solutions Program and was created through a partnership between Comverge, an energy management solution company, and Arizona Public Service.

“As one of APS’s largest consumers, it’s important to take part in this program by reducing the electrical demand and supporting their mission in providing uninterrupted electric service throughout the West Valley,” said Tech. Sgt. Ricardo Vera, 56th CES energy program specialist.

The APS Peak Solution Program enables organizations like Luke to voluntarily participate to enhance electricity reliability and receive an incentive.

“APS determines the electricity we could reduce through the measures we take, and then we receive an incentive from that,” Vera said.

According to Vera, APS is able to generate approximately 10 million MW at any given time. When they started the program, they were approaching 8.5 to 9 million MW production during the summer.

The average household in America uses approximately 950 kilowatts-hours per month. The 10 million MW can power 10,526,315 homes in a month.

APS performs an energy audit with each client to indentify the amount of power use an individual client can reduce through the Peak Solutions Program.

Last year, Luke saved 1,285 kW during the first year with the program.

According to Joel Fisher of Comverge, APS customers use most of their electricity in the summer. As the area grows, the demand for electricity reaches higher peak levels and it puts a strain on the power system.

“This program has a positive impact on Arizona’s environment by lowering energy use during hot afternoons and delays the need to build additional power plants,” he said.

According to Fowler, the program allows Luke to enhance sustainability and system reliability during the hot summer months and lower peaking power costs.

“Everyone must do their part to conserve,” Vera said. “Team Luke will continue to do our part to reduce utility expenses for the Air Force and reduce our overall carbon footprint.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-1-photo-150612-F-EC705-058

Emerald Knights go out with bang

Emerald Knights watch a burning piano during the 308th Fighter Squadron inactivation party June 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The 308th FS and aircraft maintenance unit have packed up and are transitioning to the 314th FS standing...
 
 
2_lemery_d2

Respect — want, earn, give, but don’t lose it

Lt. Col. David Lemery We all want it, some earn it, some are given it and some lose it. Respect can be defined as a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements. As ...
 
 

Solve problems at lowest level

Crucial in our Air Force environment today is having the proper tools and skillsets available to deal with problems. There is literally something new almost every single day that will invoke problem solving skills. When faced with a problem, an important mindset to have is to resolve the issue at the lowest possible level. Some...
 

 

News Briefs June 26, 2015

607th ACS change of command Lt. Col. Charles Jones will relinquish command of the 607th Air Control Squadron to Lt. Col. Jerald Canny in a ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Hangar 999.   CMS change of command Maj. Scott Hall will relinquish command of the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron to Maj. Anthony Sutton in...
 
 

Fighting Falcons arrive at Holloman

Courtesy photo Six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base arrive in formation June 16 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The 308th FS has inactivated and the soon to be activated 314th FS assumes the 308th FS mission of training F-16 pilots as a 56th Fighter Wing...
 
 
5_Courtesy-photo

Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Courtesy photo Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>