DOE Honors Luda Fieguth as Energy Champion
By Nina Adelman Stolar
DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
has recognized Luda Fieguth (CEF) as one of two DOE Energy Champions for
the year. The ‘You Have the Power’ campaign is a DOE initiative to
promote energy-efficient practices and products among 24 Federal
agencies, including DOE, DOD, DOT, NASA and SSA. As one of the two
individuals selected from the DOE national laboratories, Fieguth has
been invited to Washington, D.C. for the Award ceremony in October.
DOE Poster depicting Fieguth
as role model.
(Poster courtesy of DOE)
The award recognizes that through
her initiative, SLAC is currently saving 32 billion British Thermal
Units—Hours (BTUH) of energy annually, which is equivalent to usage of
about 1,800 households. This saves the Lab over $400,000 annually (in
the 2005 energy market) and is reflecting our decreased use by
approximately 6,000 Megawatt-hours (MWH) of electrical energy and about
11.5 billion BTUH of energy from natural gas.
Fieguth has initiated many energy conservation projects
in the last decade and has obtained $1.5 million in funding from FEMP
and the California Energy Commission (CEC). For example, a significant
savings in natural gas use was achieved by replacing two hot water
boilers in the central plant.
There is competition for limited funds from DOE and CEC. Fieguth submits
proposals with detailed life-cycle cost analysis. Grants are based on
economic attractiveness and a demonstrated payback within five years.
Working closely with DOE FEMP officials, she has been successful in
justifying and obtaining funding for the energy conservation projects at
Fieguth initiated and implemented the Linac Lighting Control project.
This project yields approximately 356 MWH of electrical energy savings
per year. More recently, she is working on the implementation of for
lighting control of the North and South Arc Tunnels with DOE FEMP
to this latest award, last year Fieguth received an Environmental
Protection Agency Award (see
TIP, June 18, 2004) for her work on the
Klystron Gallery Lighting Upgrade project.