Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River received the Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program Award for its steam decentralization project at the National Archives in Washington D.C., Nov. 2.
This award follows Camp Lejeune’s receipt of the SECNAV Energy Award for Marine Corps Large Shore for the 2nd year in a row.
“When we say Camp Lejeune won these awards, we mean the MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River complex,” said James Sides, Regional Energy Program manager, Marine Corps Installations-East, Camp Lejeune. “Our energy program is for both installations. We just happen to coordinate the energy program from this side of the river.”
The Department of the Navy’s Energy and Water Management Awards Program is designed to promote excellence in the areas of efficiency, management, renewable energy, new technology, training innovation and awareness.
“Each year, these awards are presented to those Navy and Marine Corps operational units, installations, and activities that have made notable progress toward the Department of the Navy’s goals to reduce energy and water consumption, increase use of renewable energy sources, and construct sustainable facilities,” said Melissa Attlee, energy ethos coordinator, Marine Corps Installation- East, Camp Lejeune-New River.
The base took action to reduce usage by 15.3 million dollars annually by creating a steam decentralization project.
The 150 million dollar project allowed the installation to transition from burning coal to burning natural gas, a more environmentally friendly alternative that reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 70,000 tons per year. The project also saves the installation 87 million gallons of water per year.
“The Marines, Sailors and civilians that are the end-users of installation energy, and the Unit Energy managers who promote these campaigns within their units, and are very much an integral part of this accomplishment,” said Attlee.
The installation expects to see future awards, thanks to the participation of Marines and Sailors aboard Camp Lejeune and New River.
“By continuing to improve our installation’s energy reliability, resiliency and efficiency we will continue to see similar successes for years to come,” said Attlee. “Beyond awards and recognition, energy efficiency is a critical component to mission readiness and resilience. It’s a team effort and every member of the installation plays a critical role to this success.”
For more information about how Marine Corps Installations-East saves energy visit www.mcieast.marines.mil/energy.