Parris Island recognized for energy conservation

Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island
Story by Lance Cpl. David Bessey

Date: 10.16.2013
Posted: 10.16.2013 13:05
News ID: 115224
Parris Island recognized for energy conservation

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., recently earned recognition for its energy conservation accomplishments in fiscal year 2012, when it cut energy consumption by 11 percent.<br /> <br /> The Department of the Navy awarded the depot a platinum rating based on its public awareness projects, metering, water conservation, energy management and consumption and renewable energy source programs.<br /> <br /> Parris Island has complied with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the 2009 Reinvestment Act with a total drop in consumption of 32.4 percent compared to the 31 percent demanded by 2015, according to Richard Pierce, the depot’s energy manager.<br /> <br /> Approximately 10 to 12 percent of all energy consumption on base comes from clean alternative fuel sources, said Pierce. <br /> <br /> The rating is the highest achievable without officially earning the Secretary of the Navy’s top Energy and Water Management Award.<br /> <br /> The platinum rating brings a $5,000 cash award to be used for further energy improvements.<br /> <br /> “The money is destined to be used to enhance energy programs on the island,” said Pierce.<br /> <br /> In 2011, Parris Island was also ranked as a top contender and received a $5,000 prize that was used to install a wind turbine on the island, said Pierce.<br /> <br /> The depot is ranked fourth in the Marine Corps for its water and energy programs and has won the Secretary of the Navy’s top award eight times, said Pierce. <br /> <br /> “We have achieved a level of excellence and are working to maintain that excellence,” said Pierce. <br /> <br /> The depot will be formally recognized in a ceremony Oct. 16-18, 2013, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.