U.S. Marine Corps, Air Station Cherry Point

At a Glance


Government/Public Administration

Project Types

Commercial Energy Efficiency, Clean and Renewable Energy




Cherry Point, NC

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Net Present Value:


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Annual kWh Savings:

2,300,000 kWh

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Annual CO2 Reductions:

1,700 metric tons


Patrick Lane worked on a strategy for enhanced energy metering and recommended energy-saving projects including energy storage, cool roofs and heat-loss mitigation.


The U.S. Marine Corps has a tradition of developing innovative operational energy solutions to increase energy security and efficiency in forward-operating environments, and it is in the process of bringing that tradition to its bases and air stations. As the U.S. Marine Corps’ first EDF Climate Corps fellow, Patrick Lane worked with the Air Station Cherry Point’s energy manager, Bob Ruffin, to develop a strategy for an advanced metering project. The installation is home to 7,600 marines who use over 500 buildings, and there is great potential for energy savings that could be realized by having real-time monitoring and better baseline and consumption information for these buildings. Lane also evaluated potential projects such as mass energy storage, cool roofing and heat loss mitigation for the installations’ steam heat infrastructure to better manage demand costs and increase operational continuity.


Lane conducted a comprehensive analysis of the current meter infrastructure for the installation’s building portfolio as well as the utility billing and tariff structure applied to the air station. This analysis uncovered multiple opportunities to reduce the installation’s energy bills by hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and provided the air station with a comprehensive building-by-building meter profile and energy consumption baseline to guide the new metering project. Lane’s recommendations also included ways to shave demand through operational scheduling as well as a multitude of programmatic recommendations to encourage green behaviors from the Marines and civilians on the air station.

Potential Impact

Lane’s recommendations, when fully implemented, could result in over 2.3 million kilowatt hours of annual electricity savings, $1.5 million in net present value and over 1,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions reductions.

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