JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The Secretary of the Navy released the recipients of the annual Energy Excellence Awards Aug. 3 and installations from Navy Region Southeast were prominent in the final lists.
Naval Air Station Whiting Field will be authorized to fly the SECNAV Energy Conservation Award flag for the next year as the winner in the Small Shore Installation category. NAS Pensacola and Naval Construction Battalion Command Gulfport received Platinum level honors and were two of only three shore installations to achieve the highest designation.
The SECNAV Energy Excellence Awards program promotes excellence in the areas of energy security, new technology, innovation, program management and efficiency across the Department of the Navy. Top winners in the eight command-type categories receive $25,000 which they are encouraged to use on further energy improvements at their command.
“Congratulations to all of our award recipients. Improving the energy resiliency and security of our operating forces and our installations remains a top priority and I look forward to all your future accomplishments in support of this critical program. Bravo Zulu!” Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer stated in his announcement message.
NAS Whiting Field’s nomination package highlighted the command’s proactive partnership with Gulf Power on a $9.8 million Utilities Energy Savings Contract (UESC) which was the largest in the utility provider’s history. The contract saved more than $200,000 in energy costs in less than one year. Additionally, the command achieved a nearly a 20 percent decrease in energy consumption from fiscal year 2016 to 2017 putting it ahead of its 2020 reduction goals. NAS Whiting Field also promoted an awareness for energy conservation throughout the year through ground breaking ceremonies on new equipment, news stories, energy saving tips, an energy expo and 5K run, Earth Day activities and more.
Nomination packages are graded on seven functional areas: awareness and compliance with energy management directives, command commitment to energy management, planning, maintenance of energy consuming systems, innovative improvements, personnel training, and results of energy programs.
Separate from the award winners, the program also honors other superior programs with three tiers of recognition. Platinum level indicates an outstanding energy program and only 11 commands Navy-wide were selected as Platinum recipients. Gold level recognizes excellent energy programs and four more CNRSE commands achieved that level of recognition: NAS Corpus Christi, NAS Jacksonville, Naval Support Activity Mid-South and NAS Meridian. Six more commands reached Blue level honors, indicating well-rounded energy conservation programs.
Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, congratulated the installation commanding officers and praised the command teams for their significant achievements.
“What we do at the installations to conserve energy has a tremendous impact on energy security and readiness across the fleet,” she said. “Their hard work and dedication on environmental stewardship and conservation is truly appreciated. They do a fantastic job day-in and day-out, and I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments.”
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