Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Commanding Officer, Colonel Don Davis (left) joins Marine Corps Brigadier General Robert F. Castellvi, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations East in presenting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Combined Hear and Power Award to the base’s energy team. (Staff Photo: Brad McEwen)
MCLB-ALBANY — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany Tuesday as being one of the most energy-efficient federal facilities in the nation.
Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Robert F. Castellvi, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations East, visited the installation to present the base’s energy team with the EPA’s Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award.
In receiving the award MCLB-Albany becomes one of only two federal facilities nationwide to be recognized for having highly-efficient CHP systems, which increase the reliability of the base’s electricity supply while also reducing carbon pollution.
“As soon as the award came out, the CHP award, and all the accolades that have come to this energy team, I couldn’t wait to come back down here,” said Castellvi. “To be able to get the award, to be able to get a note from the deputy commandant from installations and logistics, highlights what this team has done. To highlight a lot of hard work.”
While presenting the EPA award, Castellvi pointed out how impressed he was with the way base officials worked with local industry, such as Procter and Gamble, to become innovators in developing clean energy technology.
“There is nowhere else in the Marine Corps, I think, that sets up so perfectly, with all the elements of working with our local communities, working with the power companies, working with a company like Procter and Gamble, working with a great base team, to be so innovative,” said Castellvi. “You guys have set the bar. We’re excited by what’s happening in Albany.”
The innovations Castellvi was referring to are base initiatives such as using bio-mass technology, like the base’s landfill generator that captures methane gas, to create renewable energy.
“This particular award is tied to the CHP, to the methane gas that we capture,” said MCLB Albany Commanding Officer Col. Don Davis. “We take the methane gas that’s captured off the old landfill and run it through a turbine to create energy. We don’t just produce electricity out of it, we capture the heat from the exhaust, so that no BTU goes to waste. We capture every BTU. We capture every end product.”
In discussing the base’s green initiatives, both Davis and Castellvi repeated pointed out how important renewal energy innovations are beneficial to the surrounding community.
“We think it’s going to payoff off for the community,” Castellvi said. “We think it’s going to bring down cost, it’s going to bring more resources to the community. When other communities see how successful we are being able to use renewable energy here, with a good partnership with the land owners, with private industry, with government, we think that word’s going to spread fast, certainly within Marine Corps Installations East and throughout the Marine Corps, and I think it’s going to be payoff for all.”
In addition earning the EPA award and helping the community, Castellvi said the base is also a national leader in working toward meeting the Secretary of the Navy’s mandate to have all military bases achieve zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions by 2020.
“What it means for us to win this award here at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, one of the premier installations we have in Marine Corps east, is that we’re at the forefront of renewable energy,” said Castellvi. “We’re at the forefront of getting the most out of our energy resources and really giving back to our community and doing it in a clean and renewable energy fashion. We think we can meet that by 2016. We think it’s going to be the lead for the entire Marine Corps.”