Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) has found a proven way to conserve energy and save money through their Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) pilot program in Hawaii.
The RECP pilot on Hawaii is a successful energy conservation program. PPV residents on average are reducing their utility consumption and improving the sustainability of the PPV project by reducing operating costs. The vast majority of the savings from the RECP project returns to the project to fund housing and neighborhood requirements.
“The success of RECP in Hawaii is directly related to our service members and their families becoming more aware of the amount of electricity they were consuming,” said Vice Admiral William French, Commander, Navy Installations Command. “As their awareness increased, families made a conscious choice to curb their utility usage without affecting their quality of life.”
Hawaii residents, who have already begun live billing, will see their allowable bandwidth decrease from 20 percent to 10 percent above or below the average normal usage rate beginning on October 1, 2012.
RECP began as a pilot program for PPV housing in Navy Region Hawaii in January 1, 2011. The program transfers the responsibility for payment of utilities from the PPV project to the residents whose homes are individually metered, which is consistent with OSD policy.
Since Hawaii’s launch of RECP, the Navy PPV project has saved:
- 7,775 Megawatt hours (MWH) of electricity approximately 10% savings
- $1,537,060 (dollar value of the saved electricity)
- Over 5,300 tons of greenhouse gases.
“The Navy could not have achieved these savings if it were not for the cooperation of our PPV residents my hats off to them,” said Corky Vazquez, CNIC Housing Program Manager. “Our residents got onboard with RECP and realized that their quality life did not change while reducing consumption. The money the project does not have to expend on excess utility charges will be reinvested back into our PPV housing communities to improve the quality of homes and neighborhoods.”
The schedule for the RECP Navy-wide rollout will be in phases. All PPV projects will begin live billing in 2013. The tentative rollout schedule for live billing is shown by Region of the country as follows (check with the local housing office for more details):
- New Orleans: January 2013
- Northwest, Midwest, Southeast: April 2013
- Southwest: July 2013
- Mid-Atlantic and Northeast: October 2013
The Navy RECP program was initiated in response to an Office of the Secretary of Defense established requirement for PPV projects to transfer responsibility for payment of utilities to the residents. The program requires homes to be individually metered for utilities and initially will focus on electricity and gas usage. CNIC research indicates residents reduce utilities usage when they are responsible for the payment of utilities separate from their rent.
For specific information about RECP and specific information pertaining to an installation, contact your local Navy housing office. A master list of all Navy installation housing offices is available at www.cnic.navy.mil/housing.