Eight activities of the Naval Sea Systems Command field activities were recognized Aug. 29, by Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) for outstanding accomplishments in energy and water management during fiscal year 2011. Award recipients will be honored Oct. 3, during a ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The SECNAV Energy awards recognize outstanding commitment to energy and water conservation by Navy and Marine Corps activities and ships. Each year, the awards are presented to those ships and activities that have made notable progress toward achievement of Department of the Navy and federal goals for the reduction of energy and water consumption.
“Energy and water management are critical to the accomplishment of the Navy’s mission,” said Acting Secretary of the Navy Robert Work in his announcement message. “Energy specifically is one of my top priorities, and your performance has significantly advanced progress toward achievement of our goals. Your excellence in energy and water efficiency efforts is an example for all other commands to follow. We must all continue to be good stewards of our resources, and treat them as the strategic asset they increasingly are. In the process, we will reduce consumption, waste less, and free up funding to better support our warfighters.”
Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Keyport, located in Keyport, Wash., was recognized as Other, Shore category award recipient for their Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project.
Completed and in operation for all of 2011, the ESPC project demonstrated 12 months of verifiable energy savings data showing an annual energy savings of more than 30 percent. ESPC decentralized NUWC Division, Keyport’s aging steam plant and repaired two significant underground water leaks, dramatically reducing water consumption by approximately 28 percent from fiscal year 2010. NUWC Division Keyport’s energy team coordinated with Naval Facilities Command, Naval Base Kitsap, and Trane Corporation, on the project.
In addition to receiving $35,000 for use at the discretion of the commanding officer to improve quality of life and encourage further energy improvements at the undersea warfare center, NUWC Keyport will be authorized to fly the SECNAV Energy flag for a one-year period following the official awards ceremony.
The SECNAV annual awards program also recognize commands with platinum, gold and blue award levels for energy and water management achievement during the same time period.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine; Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division in Bethesda, Md.; and NSWC Carderock Division’s Ship Systems Engineering Station in Philadelphia, Pa.; earned Gold Awards for demonstrating outstanding energy programs.
Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Norfolk, Va.; Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash.; NUWC Newport Division in Newport, R.I.; Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division’s Large Cavitation Channel detachment in Memphis, Tenn.; earned Blue Awards for their well-rounded energy programs.
NAVSEA remains committed to supporting the Navy’s energy goals by reducing fleet and shore energy usage across the enterprise.
Press Release, August 31, 2012