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WINTER 2017

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20 Navy | Winter 2017 installations are heaters and air conditioning. We're looking for ways to cut power consumption there by keeping our thermostats set at 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months and 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter. We are also upgrading our light- ing, heating and air conditioning, and industrial equipment with automated controls to make tracking energy us- age easier. Many of our buildings are converting to LED lighting to reduce our power consumption and using sensors to turn off lighting when rooms are not in use. e Navy's shore energy approach has three pillars: energy resiliency, reliability, and efficiency. Our Region and base commanders encourage their respective teams to come up with innovative ways to conserve energy. One innovative idea that is taking hold across our regions is the Energy Biggest Loser competition, where individual facilities compete to reduce energy costs and earn monetary awards. Around the world, Navy instal- lations are implementing energy projects to meet the Navy's energy goals. At Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, Italy, solar hot water pan- els were installed on 13 barracks to reduce the amount of energy needed to keep the building's water supply hot. In Sasebo, Japan, solar panels were installed on the public works building roof to improve en- ergy efficiency for the building and base, and at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., four wind turbines were erected at the child development center to help generate alternative power. ese changes are just a few of the many initiatives taking place. A couple of years ago the Navy started using a new tool called NSGEM (Navy Shore Geospatial En- ergy Module) that tracks the energy consumption of every structure on an installation. Has NSGEM been a useful tool? Absolutely. To help achieve our energy goals, Navy Installations Command developed NSGEM to track our progress. NSGEM uses an interactive web-based map to visually depict monthly energy for each facility at every installation to monitor energy goal achievements. It allows Sailors to understand efficiency all the way down to the facility level, and is very helpful in determining the energy bill for competing facilities in the Energy Biggest Loser competitions. NSGEM sees a monthly average of over 100 active users and nearly 400 hits, which is great, but gives us lots of room to keep growing. Since the inception of NSGEM in 2012, we've trained over 850 people and have more than 1,200 users. It allows users to prioritize facility energy conservation mea- sures based on the greatest energy reduction potential. Without it, the shore energy program would lack a consistent model and means of communication between energy managers. You've been in the Navy a long time, and you've seen a lot of cultural change in that time. What are the most signifi- cant changes you've seen with regard to the environment and energy? We've become much more aware over the years on how to be better stewards of the environment — from protection of wildlife on our bases, such as habitats for endangered species, to reducing our carbon footprint through the use of more efficient fuels and reducing electrical and other energy consumption. I'm happy to say that over my career, I've seen these efforts go from ideas and pilot programs to a cultural change where, both at sea and ashore, we have greatly enhanced our focus on energy conservation and environmental protection and stewardship. MC1 BARRY A. RILE Y VADM Dixon Smith asks CAPT John Bushey, commanding officer of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, a question during a tour of the base's water treatment plant.

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