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Energy and Water Management

POC: Matthew Rothgeb, NASA TEERM Principal Center (321-867-8476)

The goal of the Energy and Water Management Program associated with the TEERM is to help NASA efficiently manage utility consumption. Rising energy and water costs are a risk to NASA's mission by eroding mission budget. The Energy and Water Management Program aids in monitoring and analyzing utility data to allow for efficient usage of NASA resources. This allows for a reduced risk to NASA's mission and assures compliance with federal regulatory requirements.

NASA Energy Unit Cost and Consumption

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NASA spent roughly $121.294M on facility energy in FY 2013. Although that represents less than one percent of NASA's overall annual budget, the upward trend in energy costs concerns the Agency. To date, NASA has reduced energy consumption by 26.36%, but energy unit costs have increased by 50.5%. Increasing energy costs counteract the effects of energy conservation, which results in NASA buying less yet spending more.

Regarding federal energy legislation, the National Energy Conservation Policy Act, as amended by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Executive Order (EO) 13423, January, 2007, EO 13514, October 2009 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, mandates energy and water conservation goals for all federal agencies, including NASA. There are also reporting requirements associated with this legislation. The Energy and Water Management Program was created by NASA Headquarters Environmental Management Division (HQ EMD) to support these reporting requirements.

With assistance from TEERM, HQ EMD compiled and submitted the NASA Annual Report to the Department of Energy for FY 2010-2012.  The reports contain information on how NASA is meeting federally mandated energy and water management goals. TEERM monitored input for timeliness, errors, and conformity to the new energy/water reporting guidelines and helped compile the information into the final report. Additionally, TEERM has worked with HQ EMD to develop Center and Agency dashboards to show at a glance the most recent quarterly progress toward federal energy and water goals. These charts will continue to be updated in FY 2013 and beyond. TEERM has also adapted these charts and tables to assist HQ EMD with Baseline Performance Reviews (BPRs).

NASA Dashboard

NASA Dashboard

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TEERM is also supporting NASA and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Interagency Working Group (IWG). Established shortly after President Bush announced the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative in 2003, this IWG serves as the mechanism for collaboration among the federal agencies involved in hydrogen-related research, development, and demonstration. TEERM developed a matrix showing all Hydrogen and Fuel Cell activities from the various NASA Centers to be included in the Group’s extensive hydrogen research taxonomy of past, present, and future hydrogen activities of the Federal government. TEERM redesigned NASA’s Hydrogen website to include Fuel Cells and provides regular updates to showcase NASA’s activity in these areas. Visit NASA’s Hydrogen Web site.

The Energy and Water Management Program assists NASA HQ with Environmental and Energy Functional Reviews at NASA Centers. Engineers work with HQ EMD personnel to interview Center management and assess each sites progress toward federal requirements as well as address areas where HQ can further assist Centers. Each NASA site is visited within a three-year cycle for this internal review.

Updated 09/30/13