Presidio of Monterey Shines Bright in Pursuit of Energy Conservation

Presidio of Monterey Shines Bright in Pursuit of Energy Conservation

The Presidio of Monterey may be the nation’s greenest military installation. It has captured the Secretary of the Army’s Energy Award for the past four years, and in 2015 it won the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management award.

Since 2007, the central California installation has shaved its total energy consumption by 32 percent while expanding facility space by 12 percent. If the Army could duplicate that accomplishment across all of its installations, the service could save more than $300 million annually, according to the Department of Energy.

Since 2009, the Presidio has saved more than $2.5 million in energy costs and reduced carbon emissions by 5,064 tons a year, reported the Monterey County Weekly.

The achievement is the product of dozens of energy efficiency projects, ranging from $20,000 to $20 million, said Jay Tulley, who became the Presidio’s energy manager in 2010.

“Once the Army gets into something, they go all the way,” he said. “We don’t have to ask for permission from the top. If we have an idea that will save water, energy and money, we can just do it.”

Three projects now under way are slated to receive LEED Silver certification; two buildings at the Presidio already are LEED Silver.

“Jay’s enthusiasm about energy efficiency is infectious,” said Dino Pick, Monterey’s deputy city manager and former commandant of the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio. “He talks to every incoming class at the DLI to help change behavior,” he said.

The installation’s success in conserving energy could make a difference the next time the Pentagon holds a new BRAC round, Pick stressed.

Now Tulley is aiming the Presidio to become a Net Zero energy installation, according to the story.

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