Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

Navy's Last Coal-Fired Power Plant Decommissioned

10/23/15 12:00 AM

By Regina Adams, NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs

Indian Head, Md. (NNS) -- The Navy's last coal-fired power plant was decommissioned during a ceremony held Oct. 23 at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head, Md. The Honorable Dennis V. McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations and Environment, was the guest speaker.

"I think we should pause and thank the people that made this plant possible," said Rear Adm. Kate Gregory, commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and chief of Civil Engineers. "We know nothing happens in our Navy without our people and we owe a debt of gratitude to all of those men and women who have run this plant and made it possible for Indian Head to serve our Navy and our nation."

The power plant was named for Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard, whose research brought forth the rocket and the guided missile. The power plant provided electricity and steam that supported Indian Head scientific breakthroughs for nearly 60 years.

Gregory paid tribute to four Goddard Power Plant employees for their outstanding service and longevity. Those employees were Floyd Atkins who served the Navy 58 years; Steve Carrier and Mike Rawley, who have worked at the plant for 31 years; and Mr. Jenkins, who has worked at this plant for 35 years.

"These kind of leaders represent the more than 50 people in the South Potomac Indian Head Utility Energy Management (UEM) Branch who make our utility systems and personally this power plant operate every day 365 24/7 rain or shine hurricanes, typhoons you name it they are here," said Gregory. "We are lucky to have people like them running our shore installation which makes our Navy possible. They are true leaders and dedicated patriots."

The new power plant complex will be energy efficient, environmental friendly and cost effective.
The Goddard Power Plant will be replaced by a new Primary Nodal Plant and Secondary Nodal Plant. These facilities will allow the new system and its operations to be monitored and optimized on a real-time basis. The Primary Nodal Plant will be capable of cogeneration of steam and electricity. The Secondary Nodal Plant buildings consist of seven free-standing engineered metal buildings with the purpose of serving those buildings not served by the new nodal steam system. The cost benefits with the upgraded steam distribution system, is estimated to save the government more than $7.5 million annually.

"The Goddard replacement project demonstrates a strong commitment towards our Navy's energy reduction mandates," said Kathryn Simpson, NSF Indian Head energy manager. "From large projects like Goddard to smaller projects, that may not make headlines, our South Potomac team makes a win-win positive difference every day for both our Navy and our community."

To conclude the ceremony, McGinn and Gregory placed a lock on the entrance of the Goddard Plant gate, ending nearly 60 years of service. Demolition of the Goddard Power Plant, which sits on the bank of the Potomac, is scheduled for completion in 2016.


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