Facilities: Managing Green
Energy & Water Efficiency Projects - Starting 2015
The Western Fisheries Research Center will be implementing energy and water savings projects under a financed contract that will save the Center approximately 4,175 million Btus of energy or 27% of the Center’s annual energy use. The total estimated annual cost savings is $83,200 yielding a payback period of 21 years. The energy savings are equivalent to the energy use of 46 homes, and the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equates to 95 cars.
Projects to be implemented:
- Interior lighting retrofit
- Laboratory fume hood efficiency improvements
- Upgrade ventilation system to provide variable amounts of conditioned air
- Upgrade existing Building Automation System
- Heating boiler replacement
- Glass washer, glass dryer and autoclave replacement
USGS Science and the Energy Policy Act of 2005
The USGS Energy Resources Program provides impartial, scientifically robust information to advance the understanding of geologically based energy resources, to contribute to plans for a secure energy future, and to facilitate evaluation and responsible use of resources. The Energy Resources Program has a clearly defined role, and its research portfolio is responsive to national priorities established through legislative directives, internal strategic planning, important and unanticipated global events, customer surveys and needs, and the guiding principles of objective and impartial science.
As one example of the responsiveness of the USGS Energy Resources Program, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 contained new responsibilities for many Federal agencies, including the USGS. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-058) was passed by the United States Congress on July 29, 2005, and signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005. This statute marks the first National Energy Plan in more than a decade and contains provisions encouraging energy efficiency and conservation, promoting alternative and renewable energy sources, reducing U.S. dependence on foreign sources of energy, and increasing domestic production. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 also calls for scientific research on a number of energy resources to provide a foundation for sound decision making and policy development. A number of provisions contained in the recently enacted Energy Policy Act of 2005 are aligned with the mission and long-term goals of the Energy Resources Program, and thus have a direct bearing on Energy Resources Program research activities.
Energy Champion - Kyle Sato - 2004
Twenty-First Century Citizenship is being shaped by mechanical engineers like Kyle Sato of the U.S. Geological Survey Western Fisheries Center who - by performing a water consumption investigation; changing autoclave procedures; modifying cooling tower equipment; and improving employee awareness - helped achieve a 63 percent reduction in annual water consumption and savings of $24,000 compared to FY 2004.