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Release No: 564-97
October 22, 1997

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY FACILITIES HONORED WITH13 ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARDS

Thirteen Department of the Navy activities have been selected to receive seven secretary of the Navy energy awards and ten federal energy and water management awards for their outstanding achievements in energy management during Fiscal Year 1996. Department of Navy shore facilities, ships and planes, and Marine Corps bases, had a banner year in 1996 as they continued to improve energy management programs, build on past successes and charge ahead with new and innovative concepts and technologies. Their efforts will be recognized during an 11:30 a.m. (EDT) ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1997, at the U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center, Washington, D.C. The awards will be presented by Robert B. Pirie, assistant secretary of the Navy for Installation and Environment.

The Department of the Navy, with an emphasis on efficiency, reduced shore energy consumption more than 20 percent per square foot compared to 1985 and saving $75 million each year in fleet fuel costs through technological advances and improved operational procedures.

1997 Secretary of the Navy Energy Award Winners

The secretary of the Navy energy awards are presented each year to Department of the Navy activities that have identified and assessed energy-saving opportunities and implemented projects and programs to achieve those savings.

Large Ship Category - USS ESSEX (LHD 2)

Small Ship Category - USS MERRILL (DD 976)

Aviation Squadron Category - VT-10

Small Shore Activity Category - Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va.

Industrial Activity Category - Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport, Wash.

Marine Corps Category - Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif.

Air Station Category - Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Wash.

1997 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners

Each year the Department of Energy presents federal energy and water management awards to individuals, small groups and organizations for their contributions to energy management and water conservation in the federal sector. The Department of the Navy will be well represented at this year's ceremony as they received honors in five award categories.

Energy Efficiency/Management (Organization) - Naval Air Station Whidbey Island; Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport; and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Wash.

Energy Efficiency/Management (Small Group) - Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif.

Renewable Energy - Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, Calif.

Mobility Energy - USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS ESSEX (LHD 2), USS Lake Erie (CG 70), USS MERRILL (DD 976).

Energy Savings Performance Contracting - Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

The Department of the Navy's Energy Program is saving millions of taxpayer dollars and improving the environment through good stewardship of our natural resources. We are proud of our progress and congratulate each of the winners on their achievements.