WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced a fiscal year 2010 Navy fuel avoidance savings of 1.35 million barrels of oil Nov. 24, supporting the secretary of the Navy's efforts to reduce energy consumption.
Navy ships realize fuel savings through efficient underway operations and NAVSEA's Incentivized Energy Conservation Team (i-ENCON) works with ship operators to recommend fuel-efficient procedures.
"These results reflect increased fleet readiness because Sailors have more at-sea time to train while the Navy spends the same amount of money on fuel," said Hasan Pehlivan, NAVSEA i-ENCON initiative manager.
Fuel usage results are measured by underburn, the reported fuel usage rate below a ship class' average usage rate. In fiscal year 2010, 109 ships reported underburn.
The net underburn after accounting for ships that overburned, or used more than their class average, was 700,000 barrels of oil.
This represents 14.4 percent of Navy fuel consumption for fiscal 2010. i-ENCON's underburn goal is a 8 percent reduction in fuel usage each year. The net savings provided enough average fuel use to support 23 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers for a year.
"Underburn equates to reduced fuel usage and reflects NAVSEA's commitment to reducing our ships' dependency on fossil fuels and their impact on the environment," said Pehlivan.
The performance may also be attributable to ships receiving i-ENCON team recommended cash awards of up to $67,000 each from Commander, Naval Surface Forces. A total of $1 million is awarded annually. During this fiscal year 160 ships received incentive cash awards. Award money is directed to each commanding officer's discretionary funds, and can be used to buy items like damage control gear or to augment the ship's welfare and recreation programs, according to Pehlivan.
"These incentives are very important to i-ENCON's success," said Pehlivan. "It's a voluntary program that requires real commitment from ships' commanding officers, chief engineers and main propulsion assistants."
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