VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
VA Energy Manager Recognized by US Dept. of Energy
On December 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the 2016 Federal Energy and Water Management Award to a team of employees from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. Recognized on the team were Pamela Komer, Andrew Mercker, Reginald Williams, Phyllis Stange and VA Ann Arbor’s own Energy Manager, Jeffery Means (pictured right).
The VA team was responsible for finding a way to reduce the cost of replacing a boiler plant at the Marion VA in Illinois. Their solution to the problem saved the Department approximately $4.5 million in installation costs and reduced operating costs by $800,000 per year. By reducing energy and water consumption, the team identified significant operational savings, in addition to effecting a substantial reduction in greenhouse gases.
The project engaged multiple strategies to minimize initial cost, maximize energy and water performance and generate a plan that would give the VA the greatest net benefit in terms of energy cost and environmental performance. Benefits to the facility included significant improvements in the operability of the steam system, system efficiency, reliability, and lowered utility consumption. As an added benefit, a number of buildings were converted from window air conditioners to central air conditioning with significant upgrades to building controls.