Federal energy managers claim 11% power savings

Federal energy managers claim 11% power savings

FEMP utility program manager Brad Gustafson addresses federal facilities managers over an Aug. 30 webcast from San Francisco. FEMP also made his slides available over the Web in Adobe Portable Document Format.

Federal Energy Management Program officials yesterday held a national webcast to describe their recent efforts to cut electricity consumption in federal buildings in California.

FEMP's Assessment of Load and Energy Reduction Techniques (ALERT) teams helped 25 participating sites shave an average of 11 percent off their power consumption, FEMP utility program manager Brad Gustafson told a live audience in San Francisco and the webcast audience.

After California's rolling power blackouts earlier this year, Energy officials sent teams to agencies with operations in that state to track ways to save power [see story at gcn.com/vol20_no11/news/4278-1.html].

Between May and July, six ALERT teams visited 25 sites to assess reductions in peak electrical loads and assure power availability for critical operations. Team hosts included the Defense, Energy and Veterans Affairs departments, the IRS, the Postal Service and NASA.

Teams focused their efforts on low- and no-cost measures such as tuning air conditioning systems and adjusting hours of operation, FEMP director Beth Shearer said. They looked for air-conditioning adjustments that cost no more than $100 per kilowatt saved, Gustafson said.

FEMP conducted the webcast from the Officer's Club at the Presidio, a former Army complex that is now a National Park Service recreation area. The video services company ITN SignalStream of San Francisco streamed three hours of the 10-hour workshop over the Internet.

Gustafson and other workshop speakers fielded questions from the Presidio attendees and from around the country via e-mail and fax.

For more information about the webcast, go to eren.doe.gov/femp/resources/training/webcast.html.

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