$30K Award Another Example Of How Naval Station Everett Is A Top Base

January 7, 2018

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NSE has been the most modern installation supporting Navy and Coast Guard vessels in the Pacific Northwest since opening in 1994

Another honor for Naval Station Everett as the base works to maintain its reputation as the sailor’s choice. Here’s a recent update from Kristin Ching at Naval Station Everett.

Naval Station Everett was designed for efficiency and continues to demonstrate leadership as the Navy focuses on high priority sustainable energy and water conservation initiatives. Most recently, NSE was recognized with the Secretary of the Navy Energy Conservation Award for 2017 among small shore naval installations worldwide.

NSE has been the most modern installation supporting Navy and Coast Guard vessels in the Pacific Northwest since opening in 1994. A uniform design of base facilities, organization of ship support services closest to its piers, and relatively small base footprint distinguishes the Everett homeport from older, WWII-era installations.

The Navy Energy and Water Management award recognizes Navy ships, installations, and squadrons for outstanding accomplishments in procurement, storage, and delivery of energy to naval forces. Results were released at the end of the year by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, Steve Iselin.

“Access to secure, reliable energy, and water is critical to our ability to provide sustained forward presence, so we continue to transform our culture, diversify our supplies, and to optimize these critical resources,” said Iselin. “These efforts support Secretary Mattis’ call to improve readiness and ensure a more capable and lethal fighting force.”

With the acknowledgement, NSE will also receive $30,000 to be used for future energy conservation projects or for increasing morale.

NSE has an outstanding track record for promoting efficiency. In 2016, federal government agencies were challenged to reduce energy use by 32.5%. The Everett base successfully exceeded the benchmark, achieving 49.32% in energy reduction compared to its 2003 baseline. The base also surpassed a 2007 federal goal to reduce water consumption by 18%, reaching a total 35.63% reduction.

Much of those realized savings are a result of the base’s long term commitment to sustainable efficiency and implementation of more than 20 major projects over the last decade. Such projects have been sponsored by the Commander Navy Installations Command’s energy-oriented Sustainment, Repair, and Modernization Program; the Military Construction Energy Conservation Investment Program; and the third-party financed Bonneville Power Administration Utility Energy Service Contracts.

“Our energy efficiency-minded technicians, engineers, customers, and leadership make the job much easier,” said NSE Energy Manager Max McAllister. “This, combined with our local utility companies’ expertise and responsiveness, has made us one successful team.”

The NSE public works department manages ongoing projects to further advance sustainability, efficiency, and conservation while supporting resilience for important Navy facilities. Projects support this goal through various methods:

– A Direct Digital Control and Industrial Control System (ICS) enable continuous monitoring and upgrades to heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The HVAC systems are fine-tuned remotely via the ICS, allowing technicians to identify building issues before occupants can report a problem. More system upgrades are planned for thirty buildings through 2020.

– Condensing boilers will be installed to replace existing boilers of 60% efficiency. The new condensing boilers are more highly rated at 96% efficiency and are expected to save 25% on annual gas utility costs.

– Scheduled replacement of aging fluorescent lighting over their lifecycle with energy efficient LED lighting has proven to recover initial costs of installation through utility savings. Most of the base’s exterior lights have already been LED retrofitted. Interior lighting replacements are now planned for 2018, using the latest LED controls and sensor technology.

– Smart meters and self-management metrics are supported by an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). A central database logs gas, electric, and water usage. This enables continuous, real-time analysis of energy use, leak detection, and utility trouble-shooting. The data may be used to identify facilities for repair, make improvements, or encourage behavioral changes in occupants.

– Newly installed photovoltaic systems (solar electric panels) are expected to harvest 90,000 kilowatts per year, achieving an estimated annual cost savings of $6,200. Data from this project will determine future viability and implementation of more renewable energy sources.

Stewardship of natural resources, including responsible use of energy and water, is fundamental to supporting the readiness of Navy ships and warfighters. Making cost-effective, sustainable improvements reduces impact to the environment while ensuring resilient, reliable, and efficient future maritime operations on which national security depends.



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