NEWPORT – Naval Station Newport was selected for the 2012 Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management Platinum Level Recognition for its energy saving accomplishments during fiscal year 2011.
Capt. Doug Mikatarian, the commanding officer at the station, will travel with Installation Energy Program Manager John Reichert to the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to accept the award from the Secretary of the Navy.
October is Energy Awareness Month for the U.S. Navy.
“I am very proud of the achievements resulting from the combined energy conserving efforts by everyone across the base,” Capt. Mikatarian said in prepared remarks. “We still have a long ways to go, however, and we will continue to seek and exploit opportunities for further reduction in our energy consumption.”
The Platinum Level distinction is the second highest level awarded in the annual competition and denotes an “exceptional year for energy project execution,” according to a Naval Station Newport release.
During the 2011 fiscal year, Naval Station Newport reduced energy intensity by 36.6 percent from its fiscal year 2003 baseline.
The Naval Station attributed its success to a focus on efficient energy production and distribution, as well as the installation of lighting system, heating, ventilation and air conditional systems upgrades.
The station’s emphasis on water conservation – including the installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures and a water leak repair program – resulted in a water use reduction of 48.9 percent from its fiscal year 2007 baseline.
According to a release, the Naval Station is currently involved in an environmental assessment on the construction of a wind energy facility. The installation would generate 9 MW of electricity.
“Congratulations on your efforts. Energy and water management are critical to the accomplishment of the Navy’s mission,” Acting Secretary of the Navy Robert O. Work said in a statement.
“We must all continue to be good stewards of our resources and treat them as the strategic asset they increasingly are. In the process, we will reduce consumption, waste less and free up funding to better support our war fighters,” added Work.