Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany GA to go net-zero

Written By: Stratton Report
October 27, 2016

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On October 27, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command announced it had awarded a $170 million, 23-year energy savings performance contract to Constellation for an energy conservation and distributed generation project that will enable the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga., to reduce energy use, increase energy security, and meet energy demands from renewable sources.

With the added generation and conservation measures MCLB Albany officials estimate it will reduce the total annual electrical consumption by 15 percent annually and achieve ‘Net Zero’ status as its annual energy demand will be fully met by renewable energy produced on site.

The project includes the installation of an 8.5-megawatt biomass-fueled, steam-to-electricity generator, high-efficiency transformers, lighting and boiler upgrades, as well as system controls for a landfill gas electricity generator and centralized monitoring and operation of electricity generation and distribution for the base. Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany will purchase steam from a 50-megawatt biomass plant located at P&G’s neighboring facility.

In 2015, P&G contracted with Constellation to build, own and operate the cogeneration plant which will supply 100 percent of the steam for P&G’s paper manufacturing facility and generate electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power.

MCLB Albany’s Commanding Officer Col. James C. Carroll III noted:

“We look forward to continuing our efforts to conserve energy while preserving the mission effectiveness of our installation whose focus of effort is the warfighter. We are always searching for additional opportunities to become the Marine Corps’ as well as the Department of the Navy’s ‘best in class’ installation.”

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s newest energy project is the result of nearly five years of planning and collaboration among the Marine Corps, NAVFAC, Procter & Gamble (P&G), Constellation, Georgia Power, the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Constellation Senior Vice President of Distributed Energy, Gary Fromer noted: “Constellation is proud to support the U.S. Marine Corps’ energy and environmental goals and MCLB Albany’s efforts toward achieving net-zero energy use. This is a public-private collaborative effort that will improve energy security and sustainability for MCLB Albany and P&G, while providing significant cost savings through energy intensity reductions and increasing the use of renewable energy in this community.”

Rick McLeod, Vice President for P&G Product Supply, Global Family Care, observed: “P&G originally partnered with Constellation and Georgia Power to help increase the amount of renewable energy used in manufacturing Bounty and Charmin. The onsite bio-mass facility will utilize locally abundant waste wood to produce 100 percent of the steam needed for one of P&G’s largest global facilities. We welcome the opportunity to share additional renewable steam with our neighbor, helping MCLB Albany become the first Marine Corps installation to reach Net Zero.”

DCO Energy, LLC, will provide engineering, procurement and construction services to Constellation for the MCLB Albany project. Schneider Electric will supply and install system controls. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2018.