At the Oak RidgeNational Laboratory (ORNL), a new biomass fueled steam plant became fully operational in July 2012.This energy savings performance contract (ESPC) funded project is expected to save $4 million and avoid20,000 tons of GHG emissions annually.
In the past year, DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) piloted a teleworkoption for its staff and achieved an 11 percent participation rate for staff teleworking once per month onaverage. By FY 2020, PNNL hopes to increase participation to 40 percent of staff teleworking one day aweek.
A recent successes of DOE's ability to integrate sustainability cost-effectively at mission-specificfacilities is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Research Support Facility (RSF). NREL’s LEED-platinum 360,000 square foot facility was constructed at a cost of $254 per square foot, significantly lower than the industry average of $355 square foot for a LEED-platinum designed building.
In FY 2012, the Savannah River Site replaced 1950’s era coal-fired boilers with a new steamplant using an ESPC. The new plant will produce up to 20 megawatts of clean energy, avoid100,000 tons of GHG emissions each year, and save $35 million in energy and operations andmaintenance costs annually.
DOE’s performance can be attributed to theefforts of several large water consuming sites that upgradedlarge processes in FY 2012. For example, the Portsmouth Sitedecreased water consumption dramatically by 906 milliongallons (a 12 percent decrease from FY 2011) by replacing theonce-through cooling system at the Dry Air Plant (DAP) with arecirculating cooling water system and by replacing an old coal-fired steam plant with a new gas-firedboiler plant.
The Department also plans to continue to expand electric vehicle (EV) and alternative fuelinginfrastructure at DOE sites. Several DOE sites, including PNNL and NREL, have installed EV charging to studyemployee charging habits and further research of charging technology.
68 HPSB buildings in 2012.
FY 2012, DOE’s Hanford Site met the GuidingPrinciples at a facility that treats groundwater contaminated by the country’s cold-war legacy. The 200West Groundwater Treatment Facility was constructed using recycled steel and concrete and over 75percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.The building’s efficient design is expected to result in an energy cost savings of more than 70 percent over the life of the facility. Electric energy savings should amount to 317,470 kWh/year. That’s enough energy to power nearly 28 American households according to U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates.The facility is designed to treat contaminated groundwater beneath the center of the Hanford Site. Construction of the Pump and Treat system was completed in just two years—two months ahead of schedule and $41.4 million under budget. The building will meet new Energy Department-mandated green building standards that address site sustainability, water efficiency, renewable energy, conservation of materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality, putting the concept of sustainability into practice.DOE made significant progress over the past year to improve sustainable building performance. In FY2012, DOE added 30 buildings to its green building portfolio, nearly doubling its overall HPSB countfrom FY 2011.
Revitalized the INL bus fleet with 52 new motor coaches designed to run on B20 and have improved fuel mileage by up to 50% (3 mpg to 6 mpg)Increased overall bus efficiencies by implementing express routes and eliminating underutilized routs. This was performed in conjunction with expanding the successful Park and Ride concept to include all INL Site bus operations.Add one additional Park and Ride location to further reduce employee commute and bus fleet fuelusage.
The Department of Energy's Role in Sustainability
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August 22, 2013
Jennifer C. MacDonald, Director
Sustainability Performance Office
U.S. Department of Energy
DOE Sustainability Overview
15Hanford West Groundwater Treatment Facility
HPSB – WOW!
Goal: 15% of buildings over 5,000 GSF by FY15
Alternative Fuel- Then, Now…
Goal: 159.4% increase by FY15 from the FY05 baseline
Then- 2005 baseline
DOE: 138.6% Increase
INL’s Bus Fleet
Alternative Fuel- WOW!
Goal: 159.4% increase by FY15 from the FY05 baseline
FY 2012 CEQ/OMB Scorecard
Scope 1&2 GHG Emissions Reduction Target
For Scope 1&2 GHG Reduction Target of 28% by 2020:
34.3% reduction and on track
> 20% year over year
Scope 3 GHG Emission Reduction Target
For Scope 3 GHG Reduction Target of 13% by 2020:
15.3% reduction and on track
> 10% year over year
Reduction in Energy Intensity
Reduction in energy intensity in goal-subject facilities
compared with 2003:
23.5% reduction and on track for 30% by 2015
Use of Renewable Energy
Use of renewable energy as a percent of facility electricity
Total of 17.5% from renewable electricity sources including at
least 3.5% from new sources
Using RE > 3 times
Reduction in Potable Water Intensity
Reduction in potable water intensity compared with 2007:
16.6% reduction and on track for 26% by 2020
Reduction in Fleet Petroleum Use
Reduction in fleet petroleum use compared to 2005:
8.4% reduction and not on track
> 3% reduction from FY
Sustainable green buildings:
2.66% of buildings sustainable
4.0% GSF of inventory sustainable
66% increased compliance
from FY 2011
• Increased renewable energy goal
• Climate adaptation
• Performance contracting
• Continue improving buildings sustainability
• Utilizing metering and data to improve performance
Looking Forward: FY 2014 and Beyond
Jennifer C. MacDonald