By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jamie Hawkins, Navy Public Affairs West, Det. Northwest
SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) – Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) kick started Energy Action Month with a visit from BRITE, the Department of the Navy (DON) energy mascot, at its main gate to greet motorists Oct. 1.
Energy Action Month is a DON wide mission to highlight energy initiatives in the reduction of energy consumption and water usage ashore and enhancing combat capability of operating forces.
“The goal of Energy Action Month is to enhance a total culture of energy and water conservation, as well as reinforce good energy discipline in our military community,” said Nick Cates, NBK Resources Efficiency Manager. “The Navy’s theme this year is: Energy Action = Mission Success.”
Energy bills remain the single greatest cost for Naval shore commands. President Barack Obama set a 30% energy usage reduction goal by the end of 2015 for Naval installations.
NBK recently upgraded its chill water plant as well as installed direct digital controls at the Trident Training Facility (TTF). Thanks to these upgrades and the efforts of those stationed and living on base, NBK reduced its energy consumption by 2% from FY13. According to Cates, NBK has reduced energy usage by 25.1% and water consumption by 48%.
“Here in the Northwest we never stop thinking green,” said Rear Adm. Jeff Ruth, Commander, Navy Region Northwest. “Improving our energy efficiency is closely tied to the success of our mission. And will help us to continue to support the Fleet, the fighter, and the family long into the future.”
In March of this year NBK, along with other installations in the Northwest Region, received the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Energy and Water Management Award.
“This is the second time for NBK to receive this award in the last five years,” said Cates. “NBK has also achieved multiple Platinum Level recognitions, the highest level possible below the SECNAV award, for the work it has done in energy conservation.”
As part of the month long awareness campaign, NBK and other installations will have more visits from BRITE as well as information tables posted around the different bases to help educate sailors in what they can do to help.
For more information on the Navy’s energy strategy go to http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/energy/