Naval District Washington (NDW) is celebrating Energy Awareness Month in October. Designed to inform and educate personnel about energy consumption and conservation, the campaign also hopes to encourage energy conservation and responsible usage by bringing awareness to the forefront.
“Energy Awareness Month is so important because everyone has a role and responsibility to increase energy efficiency for the Navy,” said Jody Davenport, NDW N6 (Technology) program manager. “The 2013 NAVFAC/Naval District Washington energy awareness campaign will broaden our regional energy focus towards a new, comprehensive regional energy strategy consisting of five energy pillars - energy culture, energy information, energy efficiency, renewable energy/alternate fuels, and energy security.”
The region’s energy conservation initiatives are not just confined to the month of October, however. NDW has long been developing and instituting energy saving programs, such as the Smart Grid Pilot program started in 2012.
“In fiscal year 2012, OPNAV funded the NDW smart grid pilot activity with the goal of establishing foundational capabilities to enable the energy mandates in a cyber-secure fashion,” said Rear Adm. David Boone, director, Shore Readiness (OPNAV N46). “They have accomplished the development of the smart grid industrial control architecture that has been tested, validated and certified by fleet cyber command for Department of the Navy use. I’m excited about the progress that the NDW Pilot has made in achieving their goals.”
The Navy’s Smart Grid Pilot is comprised of interconnected technologies that collectively monitor, predict, control, and respond to building and utility management systems. Using Smart Grid technologies, the Navy can adjust energy distribution and controls to lower cost and divert energy to power critical assets during an emergency.
In recent months, NDW has been implementing new energy initiatives to continue its commitment to energy conservation in a secure manner. Davenport said that within the NDW N6 Technology department, personnel strive to show an impact through the use of technology to support awareness, accountability and effective planning. The smart grid provides the “technology backbone” that provides data, and the people and processes of Smart Shore allow N6 to effectively use that technology to make smart decisions.
“The Smart Shore Report was initiated through a business process re-engineering study and allowed us to look at our program portfolio,” said Davenport. “Through leveraging enterprise investments and infrastructure of ATFP [Antiterrorism/Force Protection] and AMI [Advanced Metering Infrastructure], NDW N6 optimized our portfolio of support efforts and embarked on an integrated smart grid. Our report analyzed this approach and found significant cost avoidance in allowing NDW to break even on enterprise investments that did not anticipate savings. By identifying the key energy consumers and performance trends, the smart grid foundation enables active facility management and provides the data that can support targeting key energy projects or process adjustments leading to improved energy conservation that can be monitored and maintained.”
Davenport explained that energy-saving initiatives are constantly moving forward, and NDW currently has plans that are already taking shape. Among them is the transition to an integrated operations center. She said the initial staff is supporting a yearlong prototype to vet the most effective processes and begin actively operating a select group of buildings that are connected to the smart grid. According to Davenport, approximately 26 percent of the total regional buildings were identified as beneficial to connect and actively operate.
“Through the use of a programmer and operator, the building systems and alarms can be analyzed and adjusted to support optimal operations,” said Davenport. “For example, if an air handler is pulling too much outside air resulting in excessive run time, the programmer and operator could make remote adjustments. Additionally, as trouble calls come in, a programmer and operator can review the building system and perform initial diagnostics to target the root cause, thus minimizing multiple service calls.”
With NDW constantly moving forward, Davenport said that the region is always looking to the future of energy conservation.
“Our main focus is to increase our presence in active facility management and work with our stakeholders, such as the NAVFAC Washington Energy Team and Recommissioning Team, to provide the data and analysis they require to measure and reduce cost of building and utility operations, continue to identify energy efficiency opportunities and maintain awareness of existing energy investments,” said Davenport.
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