White Sands Missile Range Energy Manager Craig Collins received the 2015 Energy and Water Management Individual award for energy efficiency and energy management during an award ceremony held at the Phoenix Convention Center Aug. 13.
Collins was recognized for spearheading an installation energy project for a digital control heating and cooling system that saves WSMR $143,000 annually.
“The award is a well-deserved recognition by the Army as WSMR has made great efforts to stay in the forefront of energy conservation, including the use of solar power, smart meters, LED lighting and automated building thermostat,” said WSMR Director of Public Works Jose Gallegos. “The award is the result of Mr. Collins’ diligent attention to the installation’s power needs and smart ways to deliver those needs.”
Collins said the idea for the project came about during an energy audit that was done in 2009. The project cost a total of $1.6 million. The funding for the project came from the Army Energy Conservation Investment program.
“We did not have to use any local funds,” Collins said.
The digital heating and cooling system was installed in Buildings 100, 1624, 1528, and 1512. With the digital controls, Collins said he has the capability to turn off the heating and cooling at night and on the weekends. He can also control heating and cooling during the week from his office. The temperatures are currently set to Army regulation specifications.
Collins traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, and accepted the award in person at the Phoenix Convention Center. The award was presented by the Honorable Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army, and Maj. Gen. Lawarren Patterson, deputy commanding general for operations. Gallegos accompanied Collins on stage to accept the award.
Collins said the project could not have come to fruition without the assistance from the Corps of Engineers and several individuals from the Department of Public Works.
“It was really nice to be recognized,” Collins said. “You feel kind of guilty too because there’s a lot of people who help and support.”
The criteria for the award was to submit an application with a project description and how much energy was saved.
“It’s something IMCOM asks us to do every year,” Collins said. “I thought it was a long shot, I didn’t think I would win.”