By Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs
Beginning April 1, electricity rates charged by Naval Engineering and Facilities Command (NAVFAC) to its customers in Hawaii will be reduced. This will mean lower rates for many residents in military housing areas.
“Sailors and their families who were impacted by the FY14 increase in electricity rates in Hawaii spoke up and we listened,” said Rear Adm. Rick Williams, commander Navy Region Hawaii. “Now we are happy to report that relief is on the way for those who were affected by the increase.”
The Under Secretary of the Defense approved rate adjustments that bring the FY14 increase of 123% (compared with FY13) down to a 59% increase. The rate change is not retroactive. The newly adjusted electricity rate represents a significant decrease from the rates that went into effect Oct. 1, 2013 (the first day of the 2014 federal fiscal year). More details about the new rates will be coming out later this week.
Working with NAVFAC and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Navy Region Hawaii continues its efforts to further reduce energy costs for service members and families in public-private venture (PPV) military housing.
“While the reduction provides much-needed relief, this may not provide relief to all customers, so we are taking a more comprehensive approach to address all the energy usage factors,” Williams said.
He has called for his regional Energy Conservation Board to review:
- How like-type groups are assessed and determined under the Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP),
- How the 30% Sailor/family turnover rate is factored in under RECP familiarization and training,
- How to use mobile apps and provide real-time monitoring of energy consumption,
- How to increase and improve in-home reviews to measure energy efficiency and, where possible, repair or replace high-energy-consumption appliances, and
- How to help PPV residents and other customers develop strategies to conserve.
Williams thanked service members and their families for continuing to work together to achieve energy security, and he thanked Navy leaders who helped make the bite of higher energy costs less painful.
“We are grateful to the CNO and other leaders who worked to mitigate the impact of increase so we can continue to take care of our military families,” Williams said. “Of course, here in Hawaii we still need to continue conserving electricity and support renewable, sustainable sources of energy. We have programs in place and services available to help everyone conserve. Thank you for all you do to support the Navy’s energy security goals.”