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New Energy Savings Performance Contract to Save Los Alamos National Laboratory $28 million

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced a new energy savings performance contract project at Los Alamos National Laboratory that is expected to save $28 million over 20 years. The program is expected to save $1.2 million per year in electrical, heating, ventilating and air conditioning costs. That’s a 3 percent savings on LANL’s annual energy bill.

“The energy savings work being done at Los Alamos National Laboratory is another example of our commitment to being responsible stewards of tax dollars,” said Don Cook, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “I applaud the men and women at LANL for their continued work in making the laboratory a more energy efficient environment as NNSA moves from a Cold War nuclear weapons complex into a 21st century nuclear security enterprise.”

The work at LANL started last week in an effort to begin the cost savings. The entire construction effort is expected to last about 12 months.

The first phase project will replace light fixtures in 28 buildings including 2,300 light fixtures and 1,900 retro fit light boxes. The second phase of the project will focus on replacing the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in nine buildings. The HVAC replacement systems will automatically turn on and off the heat and air conditioning for weekends, nights and holidays from a central control computer.

The contract was awarded to NORESCO, a subsidiary of Carrier Corp., a unit of United Technologies Corp. by DOE to implement energy and water efficiency and renewable energy projects at federally owned facilities worldwide. See:

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.