YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Fleet Activities Yokosuka and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East Public Works Department held its annual Energy Fair, Oct. 19.
The fair showcases new technologies; equipment and practices that help the command reduce its energy consumption.
"Even though it has been over a year since the March 11 disasters, Japan is still facing significant energy challenges," said Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Capt. David Owen. "This summer Tokyo Electric Power Company secured all of its nuclear power plants reducing its total electrical generating capacity by 26 percent. Even though the government of Japan did not put out a mandate, Fleet Activities Yokosuka proactively implemented the 2012 energy campaign."
Owen outlined how the base enacted measures like turning off lights and using natural lighting, following the correct temperature guidelines for air conditioning and heating, and turning off nonessential electrical equipment at the end of the day. The command also installed two solar panel projects; one 340 kilowatt array on top of the main base commissary and the other, a 350 kilowatt array, on top of The Sullivans' Elementary School.
Housing is replacing incandescent lighting with fluorescent lighting, changing out shower head with low flow shower heads, and changing existing windows out for double pane windows.
At the event, Lt. Cmdr. Lakeeva Gunderson, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Public Works Department production officer, announced the winner of the Building Energy Monitor Day trivia contest. The trivia questions covered the ways people can improve their energy conservation habits. The winner, Senior Chief Quarter Master Derek Mullenhour from Afloat Training Group Pacific, won a Nintendo DS and congratulations from Owen.
Members from the energy consulting firm, CH2MHill, were at the event as part of the assessment of the command. The firm's representatives measured and graded the extent of the base's energy and water conservation efforts.
"We are doing an audit and it's looking really good," said Heath Butler, CH2MHill energy consultant. "We look for issues, things that might have gotten overlooked, places that there could be improvements. In general, we are finding that you guys are doing pretty good. There are some minor things we recommend get fixed, but over all it's looking really good."
The command had recently won the GreenGov "Lean, Clean and Green" award and a Department of Energy Federal Energy and Water Management Program award, both focused on the large drop in energy usage last year after the March 11 disasters. Butler commented that maintaining those efforts is the key to long term success for conservation efforts.
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