NAS Whiting Field to Save on Annual Utility Costs

Story Number: NNS120502-14Release Date: 5/2/2012 4:30:00 PM
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From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs Office

MILTON, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Public Works Department (PWD) Pensacola awarded a $3.6 million Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) to Gulf Power (a Southern Company) for an energy conservation project aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., April 25.

"The project was designed to reduce energy consumption as well as upgrade the energy management infrastructure of 12 facilities at NAS Whiting Field," said Reggie Parker, utilities and energy manager.

Prior to the contract award, the PWD Whiting Field staff audited multiple facilities on station to determine which facilities would yield an adequate return on investment based on certain Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs). This included reviewing facility energy and water usage data, analyzing prior maintenance work orders and assessing the risk of implementing new technologies. Then, the appropriate energy reduction technology and equipment to address each conservation measure was established. The process also included validating the projected savings.

"The annual energy and water savings from this project - 14,850 MMBTU/year and 1,300 KGAL/year - translate to an annual savings of more than $300K per year in utility costs," said Parker.

The energy and water savings will make significant contributions toward the mandated requirements of the Energy Independence Security Act of 2007, and Executive Order 13423 which require specific reductions in energy and water consumption in federal facilities of at least 30 percent and 16 percent, respectively, by fiscal year 2015.

A unique attribute of the UESC vehicle is that it allows for project award with no up-front money or investment by the government with the utility company. Instead, the utility company secures funding (often third-party financing) for the project which in turn is re-paid by the government from the utility cost savings generated by the energy conservation project.

"With this project, the government was able to take advantage of historically low financing rates to implement much needed, and required, energy and water savings measures," said Parker.

The project will start in July and is expected to be completed by April 2013.

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