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Damuth Trane Success Story: Naval Air Station Oceana Performance Contract (ESPC)

NAS OceanaThe ESPC project at Naval Air Station Oceana helped the base to surpass its FY 2015 energy savings goal 10 years early, and in FY 2008 decreased its energy use further to 42% below the FY 2003 baseline, saving $2.4 million in energy costs and 117 billion Btu. These savings were accomplished through a number of projects completed in FY 2008, primarily the Dam Neck Annex Energy Savings Performance Contract.

The ESPC eliminated the inefficient central steam plant and installed localized natural gas boilers and a central condenser cooling loop, which included 4,000 tons of ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems and chillers.  A key innovation strategy involved using 14 million gallons per day of effluent from the municipal wastewater outfall line, pumping it through primary heat exchangers, and returning the effluent into the outfall line. Heat exchangers and pumps circulate condenser cooling water throughout a 10 mile distribution loop on the base.

The ESPC also incorporated other heating, ventilation, and air conditioning upgrades, water conservation measures, and lighting upgrades. The total project cost of almost $33 million will be offset by annual expected savings of almost 244 billion Btu and $2.8 million, as well as reductions in fuel oil and natural gas consumption.

Project Awarded the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Management

Dam Neck PlantDamuth Trane, Trane Federal Sector Team members and Navy officials were awarded the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management on October 29, 2009 in Washington, D.C for their work on the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project at Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex.  This was the 10th year for this award and it honors Federal agency energy management teams for their outstanding efforts to promote and improve Federal energy management and conservation and demonstrate leadership.  In addition, the award is presented during October – National Energy Awareness Month.

“As the largest consumer of energy in the U.S. economy, the Federal government can and should lead by example when it comes to creating innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, conserve water, reduce waste, and use environmentally-responsible products and technologies,” President Barack Obama.

Clint Damuth, President and General Manager of Damuth Trane, and Roger Shull, Indirect Sales Manager for Damuth Trane, were in Washington, D.C. to accept the award along with the rest of the project team. “I am so proud of our team and the innovative solutions brought to NAS Oceana will help the base millions in energy usage,” stated Damuth.

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How have we managed to stay on the leading edge for 40+ years? It's a really cool story.