News: Navy recognizes base for energy efficiency
Story by Nathan Hanks
Story by: Pamela Jackson
Public Affairs Specialist
ALBANY, Ga. - The Secretary of the Navy will present the commanding officer with the Energy Flag, which will be flown for one year and a $30,000 cash award during an awards ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
“This honor goes out to all those folks who have worked hard to bring our plan together,” Col. Terry V. Williams, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, said. “Their creativity and imagination, their determination and expertise have all been key to our winning this award.”
According to All Navy Message 051/11, the command executed comprehensive efficiency programs with senior-level command involvement, well-staffed and trained energy teams, aggressive awareness campaigns, innovative energy efficiency measures and consistent reduction in energy consumption.
Fred Broome, director, Installation and Environment Division, said Williams has aggressively pursued the goal of being the “greenest base in the Marine Corps.”
“This energy award is acknowledgement by the SecNav that MCLB Albany is well on its way to achieving that goal,” Broome said.
“Shortly after assuming command, the [commanding officer] challenged the energy team from I&E Division to develop and execute a campaign plan to not just meet, but exceed a host of energy mandates and goals. His vision and support were key to the success of our exceptional energy team.”
Broome explained that the SecNav recognizes seven Navy and Marine Corps commands annually for exemplary achievements in energy and water efficiency.
Five awards are for installations and two are for ships - Navy Large Shore category, Navy Small Shore category, Industrial category, Marine Corps Large Shore category, Marine Corps Small Shore category, Large Ship category and Small Ship category.
“MCLB Albany was selected as the best small base in the Marine Corps for our leadership within the Department of the Navy in reducing energy and water consumption, increasing use of renewable energy sources and constructing sustainable facilities, all while maintaining mission readiness,” Broome said. “The cash award may be used at the discretion of the commanding officer to improve quality of life and/or encourage further energy improvements.”
Broome noted reducing energy consumption is specifically one of the SecNav’s top priorities because energy and water management are critical to the accomplishment of the Navy’s mission.
“The objective is to reduce consumption, waste less and free up funding to better support our warfighters,” he said. “In the commandant of the Marine Corps’ recent Expeditionary Energy Strategy and Implementation Plan called Bases-to-Battlefield, he established the goals of ethos, energy efficiency and use of renewable energy. To achieve these goals, MCLB Albany has developed and implemented a campaign plan to include large-scale projects such as the newly-completed landfill gas-to-energy plant that officially began production Sept. 23.”
Broome said other plans in the works are to double the landfill gas capacity within the next 24 months.
In addition, the installation of ground source heat pumps to heat and cool some the base’s administrative buildings, installation of advanced electric, water and gas meters across the base to provide “real time” energy consumption data at 250 different locations on the base and the improvement of building energy control management systems are among the plans.
“We will also replace almost 30,000 lighting fixtures, and other non-traditional approaches to include research and development with local industry and academia,” he said.