Kelley Whalen

Track B: Energy Management
Thu/AM 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Facilities & Energy Manager
United States
Demand Load Shed Integration with Building Automation System and Energy Management Program.

This presentation will focus on the benefits a load shed program can have on an energy management program and how it effects decarbonization targets being driven at a corporate level.

In 2005 an energy management program was introduced at ADTRAN. At this time ADTRAN had an EUI of 134 and was consuming over 40,000,000 kWh/year. The energy program has had a significant impact on reducing the EUI and carbon emissions. Since the program inception, ADTRAN has reduced the EUI by 44% to a value of 75 as of 2022 and now consumes just 22,000,000 kWh/year for its 1.04 M ft2 campus. This equates to over $12M in energy savings over the life of the program.

The load shed and energy management program were designed to reduce demand, consumption, and carbon emissions along with reducing operating and maintenance expenditures by implementation of various ECMs.

Kelley Whalen serves as the Facilities & Energy Manager at ADTRAN and has over 32 years of combined energy management, controls and HVAC experience as an Air Force HVAC technician, HVAC contractor, and 18 years with ADTRAN.

He enlisted in the Air Force in January 1990 and would later earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science, Mechanical and Electrical Technology from the Community College of the Air Force in June 1996. Through the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), he earned the Energy Efficiency Practitioner (EEP) designation in July 2016.

Kelley is the recipient of the ASHRAE 2019 Region VII Regional Technology Award for the Commercial Building, Existing category for the ADTRAN East Tower Chiller Plant Optimization project and was selected as an Honorable Mention winner of an ASHRAE Technology Award in the Commercial Buildings – EBCx Category at the Society level. He was also published in the ASHRAE Journal September 2020 issue for Chiller Plant Optimization project. In 2021, he received the AEE Region II Energy Manager of the Year and was part of the team that won the 2022 Region II Project of the Year. Most recently Kelley is the recipient of the AEE 2023 International Energy Manager of the Year.

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