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Knox among eight Army posts awarded for energy conservation

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By DAVID VERGUN

Installations across the Army are taking steps to conserve energy and water and increase resiliency, thereby contributing to Army readiness, said Jordan Gillis, acting assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

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On Nov. 2, eight Army installations were recognized by the Department of Energy for their innovative work in energy resilience at the 2017 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards ceremony.

“The Army is honored to have received eight of 27 awards across the federal government this year,” said Gillis, acting assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. “We are more than proud of our winners as well as of our other installations that competed.”

The garrison teams who made these projects a success “have not only delivered real cost savings to the installations, the Army, and the nation but many also exemplify our energy resilience strategy in action and are significant contributions to Army readiness by providing assurance that quality power and water are available to sustain critical missions,” he said.

Among the eight winners was
the energy team at Fort Knox.

Through the installation of an energy-efficient 600-ton absorption chiller/chilled-water pumping system and a 2.05-megawatt combined heat and power system, the Fort Knox team reduced power usage of its Human Resources Command data center by more than half, according to the award.

To further reduce the data center’s energy consumption, the team added a micro-grid power generation substation to the data center complex, resulting in about $142,900 in energy savings in FY 2016, a 35 percent savings, it reads.

Eric Pilgrim contributed to this story.