Fort Bragg US Army Garrison in North Carolina win EPA CHP Award

Posted by Kevin Witchger Thursday, November 01, 2012 1:47:00 PM Categories: Military

A Department of Defense priority is to improve the reliability of the electric power supply to its installations, recognizing the link between energy security and national security. The 82nd Airborne Division Combined Heat and Power Plant at the US Army Garrison, Fort Bragg in North Carolina plays a significant role in achieving this objective. The CHP system, commissioned in 2004, consumes 18 percent less fuel than a conventional energy supply system producing the same amount of electricity and useful thermal energy. Based on this comparison, the CHP system avoids an estimated 13,600 metric tons per year of CO2 emissions, equal to that from the electricity used by more than 1,500 homes. The system is also reducing the base's energy costs by an estimated $1 million annually. As part of a plan to improve the energy security of the base, the system output can be used to support continued critical base operations in the event of disruptions in the local electricity supply. Development of highly-efficient energy supply systems like the 82nd Airborne Division Combined Heat and Power Plant typically requires the concerted efforts of a team. And in this case, EPA is pleased to acknowledge the contribution of several collaborating CHPP partners: the Department of Energy, Broad U.S.A., Honeywell, the North Carolina Solar Center, Solar Turbines, and Vanderweil Engineers. Through the implementation of an energy services performance contract, Honeywell guarantees a specified level of cost savings for the base while ensuring successful operation of the CHP system.