Energy security and resiliency event unveils project saving $63 - Tucson News Now

Energy security and resiliency event unveils project saving $63 million

FORT HUACHUCA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

U.S. Army Garrison will host an energy security and resiliency event 10 a.m. May 10 at the Brown Parade Field gazebo here to unveil a $24 million project to improve energy security, resiliency and efficiency across the installation.

A four megawatt combined heat and power plant driven by natural gas will offer considerable environmental benefits by capturing heat that would otherwise be wasted from electricity generation and utilizing it to serve thermal loads. The project will serve as the foundation for a future microgrid solution and benefits the Army by reducing energy costs, progressing energy resilience, diversifying the energy supply and supporting Army and federal energy policies.

"This project will help alleviate our energy security concerns, allowing us to focus on our mission with maximum confidence," said Jack Porter, Jr., Fort Huachuca's energy manager.The project is being financed through an energy savings performance contract and will reduce energy costs at Fort Huachuca by 23 percent annually, generating nearly $63 million in savings over 23 years. These utility and operational savings are used to fund the improvements over the course of the contract.

Savings will come primarily from the combined heat and power plant, as well as other measure to improve energy efficiency, including:

  • Retrofitted interior and exterior lighting systems with LED technology and occupancy controls
  • Programmable thermostats to allow for reduction of equipment run-time
  • Demand controlled ventilation which enables micro-level control of equipment according to occupancy
  • Variable frequency drives for HVAC/cooling tower fans and pumps for reduced air and water flow to match load.

Construction is set to begin in January 2019 and be complete by early 2020.

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