By John Kliem
P.E., CEM, Executive Director of the Resilient Energy Program Office
Earlier this year, Steve Iselin, principal deputy assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment), in his acting capacity as the assistant secretary of the Navy (EI&E), issued the Department of the Navy Energy Security Framework, which defined the “Three Pillars of Energy Security” as resiliency (capability to recover from utility failures), reliability (capability to resist utility failures) and efficiency (capability to reduce demand and cost for utilities). NAVFAC is assisting Commander, Naval Installations Command and Marine Corps Installations Command (CNIC) in using the Energy Security Framework to assess installation performance against established standards and to prioritize DON resources to address highest mission priority energy security deficiencies at installations.
At NAVFAC REPO, we are taking several steps to implement the guidance set forth in the Energy Security Framework and working with our installations to realize its vision. In response to the framework, NAVFAC set clear installation-level performance standards for energy resilience, reliability and efficiency. The Energy Security Assessment Tool (ESAT) was created by a working group made up/consisting of ASN (EI&E), CNIC, Marine Corps Installations Command, NAVFAC and other installations subject matter experts to measure their performance relative to established standards. Using this initial assessment, these groups are using the ESAT to evaluate energy security gaps. Finally, an Energy Mission Integration Group is also being formed to direct investment to the DON’s highest priorities with a focus on maximizing use of third-party resources to secure the most infrastructure upgrades possible with limited appropriated dollars.
NAVFAC has already utilized third-party financing contracts to dramatically reduce shore energy consumption while providing infrastructure upgrades. From 2012 through 2016, NAVFAC awarded more than $654 million in third-party financed energy projects that will provide facility and utility system upgrades. Once fully constructed, these upgrades will save DON 2.3 trillion BTUs of energy and 243 million gallons of water annually. Further, NAVFAC is focused on a new pipeline of work which includes executing approximately 700 megawatts of distributed energy generation projects to improve the energy security posture at 26 installations through third-party financed Enhanced Use Leases. The program is intended to harness the power of private-sector funds to advance resilient infrastructure goals resulting in more than $1.3 billion of privately-funded generation and microgrid assets.
We will continue to use our experience in third-party finance and performance contracting to avoid upfront spending of appropriated funds. We look forward to continuing to pursue the horizon of energy security with additional opportunities we have identified which will provide reliable, resilient, efficient and secure energy systems to meet supported command mission requirements. With the experience gained and guidance provided by leadership, we have set a steady course to energy security for 2018.