By Earl Bittner, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast selected TECO, Inc. of Tampa, Florida to receive a $12.8 million award Sept. 28 for a Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) to bring energy improvements to Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
A UESC is a limited-source contract between a federal agency and its serving utility for energy and water efficiency improvements and demand reduction services.
"Energy efficiency has always been a primary focus here at Naval Station Mayport, and our investment in this UESC project demonstrates our commitment towards decreasing energy consumption and lowering the operational costs of our shore facilities," NS Mayport Commanding Officer Capt. David Yoder remarked. "The tremendous effort that the Navy and TECO Energy teams have put into this project is a testament to the strong partnership we have with the energy and utility industry."
The UESC will impact over 50 facilities at NS Mayport. The scope of the project calls for the design and installation of interior and exterior lighting upgrades, water conservation measures, and expansion/upgrades to Mayport's energy management and control system (EMCS). The project also includes transformer replacements to improve energy security and mechanical upgrades to modernize the heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems in many of the base facilities. All of the EMCS improvements were carefully analyzed for compatibility with Department of the Navy cyber security and 'Smart Grid' future goals.
"I am excited that we are finally able to set this project in motion," said Cmdr. Luke Greene, NS Mayport Public Works officer. "It will bring the latest in energy-efficient technologies to Naval Station Mayport and greatly assists the Navy in meeting Executive Order 13693 mandated targets for energy and water conservation."
Many of the electrical savings built into this contract utilize modern, as well as emerging building technologies. Lighting upgrades consist of converting and retrofitting interior lights in buildings with light-emitting diode (LED) light sources. The project will also bring a host of HVAC advances to NS Mayport, including the installation of variable frequency drives and variable volume air handling units. In addition, sub-metering capabilities will be added to Mayport's existing EMCS system. Sub-metering will allow energy managers and facility managers to track and monitor real-time energy consumption of different building loads such as HVAC, lighting, and office equipment; and provides a clear and accurate picture of how and when energy is being consumed inside a facility.
"This project is projected to save up to 23,000 MBtu (million British thermal unit) and approximately 2,900,000 gallons of water annually," said Chris Vidal, NS Mayport installation energy manager. "That equates to about $600,000 annually in combined energy and water savings."
This project falls under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which authorizes agencies to use appropriations, private financing, or a combination of both to comply with its requirements for Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) for evaluations/project implementation. It also supports President Barack Obama's announcement, December 2011, of a $4 billion investment in energy upgrades to combined federal and private sector buildings.
When announced, the investments were intended to save billions in energy costs, promote energy independence and according to independent estimates, create tens of thousands of jobs in the hard-hit construction sector. The $4 billion investment in 2011 included a $2 billion commitment, made through the issuance of a Presidential Memorandum, to energy upgrades of federal buildings using long term energy savings to pay for up-front costs, at no cost to taxpayers.
The project is expected to be completed by November 2017.