The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville,
recently awarded a
$29 million energy savings performance contracting (ESPC)
task order to
Honeywell Inc., to modernize infrastructure and reduce
energy consumption at
Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pennsylvania.
The project will provide critical facility upgrades that
are expected to
lower the depot’s annual energy consumption by more than
20 percent and
water consumption by more than 8 percent.
According to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s calculator, such a
reduction in energy
consumption each year results in a reduction in
greenhouse gas emissions by
approximately 9,500 metric tons per year and is
comparable to removing 2,000
cars from the road every year.
Upgrades include updating the utility monitoring and
implementing sub-metering of building systems such as
HVAC, lighting and
others for more specific control of energy use;
modernizing aging steam
heating systems to more efficient, low-maintenance
natural gas-fired heat
and boilers; eliminating existing steam distribution
pipes that have
exceeded their useful life; replacing inefficient cooling
systems with a
modern chilled water system; and sealing air gaps in the
buildings to more
effectively maintain conditioned air.
Completion of this project will help Tobyhanna Army Depot
mandates to reduce energy consumption by 2.5 percent per
year and water
consumption by 2 percent per year through 2025.
The project is funded through a 23-year ESPC, which means
the energy service
contractor (ESCO), Honeywell, provides the capital and expertise
comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements on
implements new renewable energy capabilities and
maintains them in exchange
for a portion of the generated savings.
Huntsville Center has a nationwide ESPC Indefinite
Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Task Order Contract
(MATOC) with 15 ESCOs.
Task orders are competed among the MATOC vendors using
streamlined procurement process. This proven business
model is considered
one of the leaders in the Department of Defense. The
flexibility of this
contracting vehicle allowed the Army to exceed the
Contracting Challenge in fiscal year 2014.
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