Tinker AFB completes construction for Energy Savings Performance Contract project

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  • By Sarah McNair
  • Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Public Affairs

The Air Force completed construction for a $243 million energy project at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, in September.

The Energy Savings Performance Contract project will improve energy efficiency and resiliency for the base, said Les Martin, Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Energy Directorate acting director.

As the largest ESPC project for the Air Force to date, Martin said the scope of Tinker AFB’s project helped the Department of Defense meet critical goals.

“The Tinker (AFB) project was credited with helping the Department of Defense and the Federal Energy Management Program exceed the goals set forth for them in the president’s Performance Contracting Challenge,” he said.

The collaborative effort between Tinker AFB’s 72nd Civil Engineer Squadron and 76th Maintenance Support Group at the
Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, AFCEC Energy and Operations Directorates, and the Defense Logistics Agency – Energy facilitated the contract award to Honeywell, the energy service company, in December 2016 for the upgrade and modernization of 57 buildings, totaling more than 10 million square feet by incorporating 25 Energy Conservation Measure upgrades. This project enabled OC-ALC at Tinker AFB to improve the infrastructure on industrial processes and become the first federal government organization certified with ISO-50001. This certification provides sustained program structure and imposes a rigorous international energy management standard centered around continual improvement, enhancing energy, controlling costs, operations and maintenance savings, and safety.

“This project implemented significant upgrades increasing reliability to OC-ALC's facilities and contributing to Tinker (AFB) no longer being the Air Force’s largest energy consumer,” said Joseph Cecrle, OC-ALC's energy manager. “The ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification also satisfies the Air Force Sustainment Centers Art of the Possible for continuous energy improvements.”

OC-ALC is one of the largest units in Air Force Materiel Command. The complex is responsible for providing aircraft maintenance, modifications, overhaul and repair including battle-damage repair for a wide variety of commodities for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and foreign military sales. The scope of this large-scale ESPC will increase reliability and resiliency with emphasis on its industrial infrastructure process improvements to increase productivity and operational efficiency. Energy-related and process improvements included the following:

• two new 2,000-ton chillers to increase the reliability of the cooling system

• more efficient LED lighting with wireless controls

• automated tank covers and software to schedule production equipment

• smart meters to monitor and track building energy consumption more effectively

• new infrared heating at openings

• an energy management control system

• demand control ventilation

• new compressed air retrofits

• upgrades to painting and thermal spray booths to increase reliability and safety through enhanced controls and sensors

• updated wastewater treatment systems to provide equipment control and alarm monitoring

• replaced aging high-pressure gas distribution systems to improve worker protection

• decentralized steam heating plant with a distributed heat system to reduce energy use

“With the dedication and commitment of Tinker (AFB) civil engineers and OC-ALC personnel, DLA-E and Honeywell, this construction effort successfully accomplished the first Air Force project to address improvements in energy-intensive, process-related areas and it will pay for itself within the 22-year term,” said Tom Laney, AFCEC’s Energy Directorate project manager.

These improvements will generate a savings of 641 billion British thermal units per year and more than 38 million gallons of water and wastewater. Based on the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s average annual household electricity consumption for 2018, that's enough energy to power 17,000 homes for a year and enough water to fill 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Tinker AFB, previously the Air Force’s largest single-site energy consumer, will see a 35% reduction in energy usage and 9% in decreased water usage with $20.5 million in avoided utility and operation and maintenance expenditures.

“The ESPC program gives the Air Force an important tool to make smart energy decisions, optimize energy using 21st century technologies and support mission assurance through energy assurance,” said Dan Soto, director of AFCEC’s Energy Directorate.

Air Force readiness requires resilient energy to meet critical mission needs and support the enterprise. To date, AFCEC’s Energy Directorate has collaborated with contracting groups to develop and award $1.4 billion in energy savings contracts. Installations interested in pursuing energy projects can contact AFCEC through the Reach-back Center at (888) 232-3721 or by email at AFCEC.RBC@us.af.