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Monday, July 30, 2012

Navy Facilities Northwest Earns Three Department of Energy Awards

By Leslie Yuenger, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest Public Affairs
SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest announced July 25, that it was selected for three U.S. Department of Energy 2012 Federal Energy and Water Management awards.

Acquisition Specialist Chuck Benson was selected in the Contracts category for his success in implementing two new Utility Energy Service Contract Basic Ordering Agreements between the U.S. Navy and Bonneville Power Administration and Puget Sound Energy, respectively.

"Our energy teams work diligently to find ways to reduce energy and water consumption across the Navy in the Pacific Northwest. The awards are a great testament to our hard work, investigative due diligence, and continuous partnership with industry and fellow federal agencies," said Public Works Business Line Coordinator Christopher Floro.

Benson has managed the contracts since 2007. Although he had only basic knowledge of the process when he took on the task, he ensured that the agreements met the Navy's requirements and the president's executive orders. This award signifies that Benson accomplished these important goals.

NAVFAC Northwest's Public Works Department Naval Station Everett Energy team was selected for their on-base sustainability program, which far exceeded federal goals for reduction in energy and water management, as well as a reduction in vehicle petroleum use. Energy use at Everett is down 28 percent from the 2003 baseline, water use is down approximately 57 percent from the 2007 baseline, and on-base projects completed in fiscal year 2011 have saved 4,435 MBtu's of energy and four million gallons of water annually.

"Once the executive orders and policy statements for energy and water reduction were issued, we knew that our goal was to exceed them at our earliest opportunity. Saving natural resources like energy and water is now integral to the Navy mission," Floro said.

NAVFAC Northwest's Energy team at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport was selected for their Energy Savings Performance Contract project, which improved energy efficiency and installed renewable energy products throughout the installation. This project has already reduced energy use by more than 30 percent and water use has been reduced by 28 percent, with a projected annual energy savings of more than 77,000 MBtu's, which translates to a cost avoidance of more than $2 million.

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