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The Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, Georgia, provides worldwide,
integrated logistics/supply chain and distribution management, depot-level
maintenance, and strategic pre-positioning capability in support of military
operating forces.
Executive Order 13123 mandates that federal facilities reduce their energy
consumption 35% from a 1985 baseline amount by 2010. MCLB was investigating
potential energy conservation measures (ECMs) that would help the facility achieve
its reduction target.
Strategies & Solutions
Under the DOE’s Southeast Regional ESPC program, MCLB awarded a contract to
ESG to implement ECMs as part of a bundled Delivery Order project. ESG performed
a comprehensive energy analysis that investigated potential ECM options in 12
technology categories within approxi­mately 105 facilities. The audit considered
intensity of energy use, facility square footage, and recommendations made by
MCLB personnel. Eight ECMs were deemed viable and selected for implementation:
Steam distribution and maintenance; Compressed air and heat recovery;
Geothermal heat pumps; Infrared heat; Lighting upgrades; HVAC equipment
replacement; HVAC renovation; Web-based DDC.
Extensive improvements were made in the areas of steam distribution and
maintenance, compressed air and heat recovery, and geothermal heat pumps.
MCLB Albany 1
Key Installed Technologies
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Implemented steam piping changes
and installed remotely operable steam
on/off regulating valves to isolate space
heating loads and process steam loads
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Replaced steam turbine–operated
feedwater pumps with new electric
motor-driven units, and installed boiler
blowdown controllers
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Three “digital scroll” compressed-air
dryers and water-cooled aftercooler and
heat recovery equipment
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10,000-gal compressed-air receiver and
demand controller
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Drilled 670 four-inch-wide wells
(approx. 250–300 feet deep) to install
geo­thermal high-density polyethylene
(HDPE) pipe loops with a 50-year life
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Over 8,000 lighting fixtures
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250 new geothermal heat pumps and
electric water heaters and insulated
attics to R-38
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494 natural gas–fired infrared heaters
Savings Information
Energy and Operational Savings over
$37 Million
Project Size
$14.2 Million
Project Benefits
Reduced energy consumption by
approximately 167,125 MMBtu
Significant improvement of steam and
compressed air production and
distribution and waste reduction has
allowed depot maintenance activity to
double production and personnel
without increasing the number of
boilers or air compressors.
Increasing the number of HVAC zones
from 9 to 72, which has improved
humidity and temperature control and
occupant comfort.
A new 10,000 gallon compressed air
receiver tank with demand controller
and state-of-the-art air drying
equipment reduces false demand,
excessive compressor cycling, and
energy per unit of air produced while
improving reliability.
Albany, Georgia