By Don Rochon, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The White House recognized two Navy energy projects as winners of the 2014 GreenGov Presidential Awards, Oct. 31.
The awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Barack Obama's Executive Order on federal leadership in environmental, energy and economic performance. They honor federal civilian and military personnel, agency teams, agency projects and facilities, and agency programs that exemplify leading by example toward a clean energy economy.
"We are honored to be recognized for our energy accomplishments," said Rear Adm. Kate Gregory, commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). "These projects reflect our ongoing commitment in meeting the president's and secretary of the Navy's energy goals."
The energy team at Naval District Washington received recognition in the Building the Future Award category, and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa won in the Lean, Clean, and Green Award category.
With assistance from NAVFAC's energy experts, Naval District Washington developed a comprehensive energy and water management program that reduced energy intensity by 25 percent relative to the 2003 baseline, reduced water intensity by 13 percent relative to the 2007 baseline, and completed 99 percent of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) meter installation.
In addition, by employing state-of-the-art technologies such as geothermal energy and micro-wind turbines, LED lighting and cellulose insulation, the Washington Navy Yard Visitor Center was recently certified as a net-zero building. Naval District Washington is also providing proof of concept for cyber-secure smart grid capabilities that have been deployed in concert with advanced metering. This allows operators to collect real-time consumption data down to the individual building level and use that information to improve building performance in real time.
Camp Lemonnier is located in an extremely challenging climatic environment and power is provided solely by diesel generators on base. The installation's public works department recognized that opportunities for efficiency and improvements would support the camp's mission. The camp's energy team focused on improving machine efficiency and upgrades, and operation of generators, power plants, air conditioning units, chilled water stations and water fountains. As a result, in fiscal year 2013, energy intensity was reduced by 13.5 percent relative to the 2003 baseline, and more than 15 percent from 2012. Camp Lemonnier successfully reduced actual energy consumption by nine percent from 2012, resulting in a $2 million cost avoidance.
Through its sustainable water initiative, Camp Lemonnier also achieved a 7 percent reduction in water intensity relative to 2012, and it has eliminated the need for bottled water stations and an associated 10 million plastic water bottles annually. Camp Lemonnier is on track to continue these improvements and will be deploying other sustainable practices in the future.