NAVSEA YEAR IN REVIEW 2002 ENCON PROGRAM
Shipboard Energy Conservation (ENCON) Program, run by SEA 05Z, was implemented fleet wide in FY 2000, won the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management - Outstanding Performance - in October 2002. The ENCON team provides the U. S. Navy's fleets with new energy conserving technologies, conservation training, strategies and awareness. The team helped fleet in accomplishing increased steaming hours at no extra cost by managing fuel consumption and transit speeds and eliminating unproductive energy expenditures. In FY 2001, the team's work resulted in 38,000 hours of additional steaming or avoided energy costs of $41.7 million. This is equivalent to 19 destroyers operated underway the entire year free of fuel for higher state of readiness. The team's work captured fuel savings of over 1.012 million barrels of fuel oil, the equivalent of removing approximately 68,000 sport utility vehicles from the Nation's roads for a year.
ENCON team estimates that opportunities available for the fleet to generate $60-90 million dollars annual fuel cost avoidance. Thusly, provide the Navy additional underway steaming of over 75,000 hours for higher state of readiness, with no extra fuel cost. To accomplish this goal, NAVSEA 05Z is pursuing institutionalizing ENCON awareness training via Video Teletraining (VTT). Also, team plan for the FY 2003 is to institutionalize ENCON VTT for the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) for PCOs and PCHENGs at Newport RI.
This team helped deliver substantial cost and pollution avoidance and ship endurance range. Navy fleets have reduced fuel use, transportation and loading-related pollution, electrical load, machinery maintenance, heat stress and water consumption. Eighty-six ships in the Pacific Fleet participating in this program produced a cost avoidance of $25.5 million. In the Atlantic Fleet, 118 ships produced a total cost avoidance of $16.2 million. In addition, the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), a command ship for the US 7th fleet in Yokosuka, Japan saved more than $2.25 million. The USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) increased its steaming hours by 467 percent, reduced fuel consumption by 20 percent, and saved $1.75 million. The USS Cowpens (CG 63), supporting Operation Noble Eagle in the war against terrorism, avoided costs of $923,000. The USS Porter (DDG 78), despite increased threat conditions and increased assigned energy requirements, avoided costs of $444,000.