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Honeywell Energy Savings Project with Rock Island Arsenal Wins "Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award”


This summer, the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (RIA-JMTC) was awarded the annual Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award for its energy and water conservation success. The award was presented at the 2016 Army Energy Manager Training Workshop, held in conjunction with Energy Exchange 2016. The honor recognizes JMTC for their achievements in exceptional performance for the utilization of an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project done in partnership with Honeywell. 

The $61 million infrastructure modernization project supports critical infrastructure improvements at the JMTC facility and has cut energy use by 35 percent and generated up to $5.3 million in annual energy and operational savings. The 1.5-million-square-foot JMTC facility manufactures a wide variety of metal parts and systems for the Department of Defense and is part of the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison located in Rock Island, Ill. Rock Island Arsenal is the largest government-owned and operated Arsenal in the U.S., and JMTC alone accounts for nearly two-thirds of its overall energy consumption. 

To date, JMTC has already seen a reduction of $2.6 million in energy costs since implementing the project. Not only does the project result in immediate savings, but it has also helped JMTC meet the requirements of a Presidential Executive Order that called for federal facilities to reduce energy consumption 30 percent by 2015. Furthermore, the project will save nearly 5.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, which is enough energy to power almost 490 homes on average. 

The Honeywell work also delivers environmental benefits in addition to cost savings. For example, JMTC transitioned to natural-gas heating, which has reduced the annual coal use at the central plant by nearly 12,000 tons annually. Additionally, the Garrison has one of the largest EPA air permits in the state of Illinois; therefore this switch to natural-gas heating has helped reduce its eco-footprint by cutting an estimated 63 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually, equal to removing more than 6,300 cars from the road.  

“We are honored to help JMTC its efficient approach to energy management that will help ensure its legacy of service and support to the military and our country,” said Kevin Madden, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Building Solutions. “Modernization projects like this one have helped industrial sites across the country enhance production, reduce risks and drive savings.”

Honeywell has successfully executed ESPC projects at a variety of Department of Defense industrial sites in addition to JMTC, including Letterkenny Army Depot, Tobyhanna Army Depot and Tinker Air Force Base. See more information on Honeywell Energy Savings Performance Contacts (ESPC).