JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An energy conservation project at Naval Station Mayport will save the military base $421,000 per year in energy costs.
The project is being built after Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast's Public Works Department (PWD) Mayport awarded a $3.2 million Utility Energy Services Contract on September 10 to TECO Peoples Gas, according to a news release from the Navy's Southeast Public Affairs Office.
Captain Doug Cochrane, Naval Station Mayport Commanding Officer said, "Our energy team here at Mayport has worked extraordinarily hard to meet our very aggressive goals of reducing our energy appetite. The UESC project is a very important 'next step' in our integrated Energy Conservation program that returned $3 million to our government this year."
Installation of Direct Digital Controls (DDCs) that will efficiently manage the Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems of 55 facilities at Naval Station Mayport are included in the project.
"The annual energy savings from this project is anticipated to be more than 5,000 MWHs or a dollar savings of over $421,000 per year, based on current utility costs," said Ryan Howard, PWD Mayport Facilities Management Division Director.
PWD staff at Mayport audited several facilities to determine which would yield the best return on investment using the more efficient control and management of the HVAC systems before being awarded the contract.
The release said staff conducted the audit by reviewing facility energy usage data, analyzing prior maintenance work orders and assessing the risk of implementing new technologies as well as validating the projected savings.
The release said the project will also help Naval Station Mayport make contributions toward meeting the requirements of the Energy Independence Security Act of 2007. The act requires at least 30 percent reductions in energy in federal facilities by the 2015 fiscal year.
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