Honeywell and the U.S. Army announced a $22.4-million modernization project at the Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) Garrison in Rock Island, Ill. The project will help the RIA Garrison eliminate its reliance on coal-fired heating and replace it with high-efficiency boilers that will reduce the site’s emissions and help it comply with new Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
The upgrades to the RIA Garrison’s heating system will be funded by a 15-year energy savings performance contract from Honeywell that was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The company guarantees the upgrades will generate enough savings each year to pay for the work, creating a self-funded project, which should reduce or even eliminate the need for up-front capital or additional taxpayer dollars. The Honeywell-led improvements will also help RIA Garrison address recent changes to the EPA Clean Air Act. The updated rule calls for a reduction of coal use or the installation of costly pollution control equipment in plants that burn fossil fuels.
“Evolving our operation to be more efficient and sustainable not only helps protect the environment, but also the well-being of the community, which we’ve been a part of for more than 150 years,” said Colonel Elmer Speights, Jr., Commander of the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison. “With this project, we’ll reduce our operating costs significantly while also lowering our environmental impact by eliminating our reliance on coal as a heating source.”
As part of the project, Honeywell will replace the existing coal-fired central steam plant with high-efficiency natural gas boilers at approximately 30 buildings. The revamp to the heating system is expected to reduce energy consumption by approximately 11 percent and water consumption by 12 percent. The work should also reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 20,800 metric tons, equivalent to removing 4,500 cars from the road.