By Bryan Law
Navy Region Hawaii Energy Program
This October, many people across the nation are coming together, some virtually, to highlight their energy efficiency and resilience efforts. Energy Action Month (EAM) is celebrated across federal agencies and to promote sustainability, energy efficiency and resilience, while encouraging the smart use of energy, water, and transportation resources.
While the COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from hosting the annual Energy Fair and trainings, we will be using the Navy Region Hawaii (CNRH) Facebook to communicate useful energy tips and information, and will be gathering inputs on workplace charging for electric vehicles. Check out the CNRH Facebook page throughout October for updates and details.
In 2017, the Department of the Navy (DON) published an energy security framework and emphasized energy resiliency, reliability and efficiency to enhance mission assurance. In early 2020, the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) installation energy resilience strategy was published to align the department’s leadership on the objective of achieving assured energy at our installations, in the quantity and of the quality to accomplished required missions.
Together, despite the constraints due to the pandemic, we are making progress in achieving these energy objectives.
At Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), a $15 million third party financed energy savings performance contract upgraded streetlights and building exterior lights with energy efficient LED lightings, improved hot water systems in 33 facilities, and upgraded direct digital control systems in four facilities.
The Hickam Airfield lightings were upgraded to the latest in LED technology, which resulted in better lighting quality and expected to save over $260,000 in electricity cost annually.
At Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), a 19-megawatt solar photovoltaic-plus-storage project owned and operated by the local utility, Kauai Island Utilities Cooperative (KIUC), completed construction. This unique partnership will allow KIUC to provide cost-effective electricity to meet the community’s peak demand, while supporting PMRF’s mission requirement during extended grid outages.
These efforts, along with many other accomplishments, contributed to JBPHH winning the fiscal year 2020 SECNAV Energy Excellence Award for large shore installation. PMRF was also recognized for its gold-level performance in the small shore installation category. The Energy Excellence Awards promotes excellence in the areas of energy security, new technology, innovation, program management, and efficiency across the DON.
Our future success will depend on everyone’s engagement and actions, including building occupants ensuring lights and air-conditioning are turned off when not needed, Building Energy Monitors performing monthly energy audits to identify energy and water waste, and command leaders developing energy requirement for their task critical assets.
In the days ahead, I look forward to sharing additional energy tips and information on the CNRH Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NavyRegionHawaii/) and hearing your ideas. Happy Energy Action Month!