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U.S. Department of Energy Recognizes Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Air Force Plant #4 for 50001 Ready Achievement

Lockheed Martin facilityThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognizes Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Air Force Plant #4 (“Plant #4”), located in Fort Worth, Texas, for achieving 50001 Ready recognition. Plant #4, which specializes in the production of the F-35 fighter aircraft, has approximately 18,000 employees and accommodates various manufacturing facilities, laboratories, and office space.

Although Plant #4’s energy team had a solid understanding of Lockheed Martin’s scope and structure, DOE’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool gave the team language to communicate those ideas to a wider audience. Having well-defined roles, responsibilities, organizational activities, and maintenance procedures helped to empower others outside the energy team to participate in energy-saving efforts.

With careful oversight and analysis, the energy team was able to identify multiple energy savings opportunities. One example is the demand control established for Plant #4’s chilled water supply, a constant necessity for the aircraft painting process and routine comfort cooling. By leveraging two thermal energy storage tanks, the chilled water system can be turned off or operated at reduced load during the hours of peak utility rates, resulting in up to $4.1 million in annual savings.   

DOE’s 50001 Ready program, managed by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO), provides a self-paced, no-cost way for organizations to build a culture of structured energy improvement that leads to deeper and more sustained energy savings.

Learn more about Lockheed Martin’s key takeaways for implementing a 50001 Ready energy management system.