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Funding

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.


For FY97, EPA's Energy and Water Conservation Program nationwide had a budget of approximately $1.6 million. The Agency's Energy and Water Conservation Program budget will be approximately $1.6 million for FY98.


ESPCs AND UTILITY REBATES

In October 1997, the Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM) and DOE’s NREL offered training for EPA’s engineers and laboratory managers on ESPCs. The course provided details on bundling energy-efficient components to improve the investment potential for a project, on the step-by-step approach to be used in developing an ESPC contract or delivery order, and on the regional delivery order ESPC contracts that DOE has established with NREL for all federal users.

As discussed earlier in this report, EPA is aggressively developing an ESPC for the total energy upgrade project at the NVFEL in Ann Arbor, MI. EPA will use the NVFEL ESPC as a template for pursuing energy upgrades at its other facilities. Through the NVFEL ESPC, EPA prescribes Agency principles that will be required in awarding contracts for this and future upgrades. These principles include the reduction of energy consumption, pollution prevention both at the site and source, and maximizing the use of waste, "free" energy, and the use of innovative and renewable technologies. EPA, has received bids for the project and is expecting to provide an award in spring of FY98.

Based on the efforts for the NVFEL ESPC and the success of this training, the Office of Administration is working with the Office of Research and Development to prepare an ESPC delivery order for EPA’s Kerr Laboratory in Ada, OK. The offices are also discussing the possibility of initiating an ESPC delivery order for the ecology laboratory in Narragansett, RI. Both the Ada and Narragansett laboratories have been audited. Using the audit information, a computer simulation, DOE-2 for each facility has been completed and will enable the Agency to assess the feasibility of using many energy conservation measures.

Facility-Specific Projects

Ada, Oklahoma

The Kerr Laboratory is considering an energy efficiency upgrade through the incorporation of a geothermal heat pump system. The facility currently pays approximately $239,000 and projects that with the incorporation of a geothermal heat pump system, that it could realize at least a 30 percent annual reduction in energy consumption. This upgrade will be made possible through the use of an ESPC modeled after the NVFEL ESPC.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

NVFEL will soon undergo a complete energy upgrade. Due to obsolete or broken equipment coupled with EPA striving to reach the energy reduction and pollution prevention goals, EPA is aggressively pursuing an innovative energy-efficient facility upgrade. The facility currently pays approximately $1.1 million a year in energy costs, and it is expected that the facility will realize at least a 30 percent annual reduction in energy consumption through the upgrade.

Notification has been given to the unsuccessful bidders to the Agency’s Ann Arbor energy efficiency upgrade. The best and final offers have been submitted and are undergoing evaluation. OARM expects to make a selection in January 1998 of the successful proposal and require the offeror to conduct an "investment grade" audit of the facility to secure financing. Barring unforseen difficulties with the project’s design, the audit and final negotiations with the offeror should be completed and the contract awarded in March or April of 1998.

Narragansett, Rhode Island

The Narragansett laboratory is considering an energy efficiency upgrade through the incorporation of a geothermal heat pump system. This upgrade will be made possible through the use of an ESPC modeled after the NVFEL ESPC. The facility currently pays approximately $390,000 annually for utilities. It expects that, with the incorporation of a geothermal heat pump system, it could realize at least a 30 percent annual reduction in energy consumption.

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