Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


UT-Battelle improves energy efficiency at ORNL

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 11, 2007 — UT-Battelle has achieved improved energy efficiency at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory through infrastructure improvements and new buildings that are replacing many facilities more than 50 years old.

Greg Palko, ORNL's energy efficiency manager for facilities, says the effort is working.

"Over the last two years, we've invested about a million dollars a year in infrastructure improvements that have paybacks so that the utility savings pay for the original processing of that equipment," Palko says. "What you do is try to save money on the front end and through these investments just like you were replacing a water heater at home or were buying compact fluorescent light bulbs at home."

Palko says the laboratory is working on a utility budget of $20 million per year, but energy costs for the facilities are being reduced.

"We're just doing it on bigger industrial equipment, such as major fans, major air-conditioning systems and different systems like that," Palko says.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.