Y-12 receives DOE award for energy-saving efforts

  • Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:45 pm

The Y-12 National Security Complex received the Secretary of Energy’s 2017 Federal Energy and Water Management Award for work completed by the NNSA Production Office, Consolidated Nuclear Security, and Johnson Controls, Inc. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that made significant contributions to energy and water efficiency within the federal government. The Y-12 team was the only group from the Department of Energy to receive a 2017 FEMP award.

Y-12 began using energy savings performance contracts to enhance building infrastructure, including a FY 2016 project to modernize 11,450 lighting fixtures in 123 facilities, currently managed by Johnson Controls Government Services, LLC (JCI). The upgrades improved lighting conditions, reduced electricity use by 36 billion Btu per year, and saved more than $538,000 annually in energy costs.

The installation team also developed an innovative, streamlined lockout/tag out procedure and installed quick connects on individual fixtures that allowed each fixture to be disconnected from power at the fixture location. This energy savings contract value provides over $75M in upgrades to the Y-12 Complex. The team’s innovations allowed them to complete the project two months ahead of schedule, with savings estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Award was presented by (far left) Tim Unruh, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power and (far right) Leslie Nicholls, DOE, Director, Acting Federal Energy and Water Management Program. Accepting the award for the team (center left to right) Robert Hickman, JCI System Engineer, Leon Archuleta, NNSA Contracting Officer Specialist, Anna Beard, Federal Project Director, NPO Contracting Officer Representative, Jason Pool, JCI Performance Assurance Engineer

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