Navy's Incentivized Energy Conservation Program Realizes Dividends

Release Date: 10/14/2010

From Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced Oct. 7, that Navy ships realized 549,000 barrels of fuel avoidance during the first three quarters of fiscal year 2010 as part of the Incentivized Energy Conservation (i-ENCON) initiative.

The i-ENCON program encourages ships to operate in the most efficient manner while conducting their mission and supporting the secretary of the Navy's efforts to reduce total energy consumption on naval ships.

"These efforts increase fleet readiness by enabling Sailors at sea to train or deploy longer while spending the same amount of money on fuel," said Hasan Pehlivan, NAVSEA i-ENCON initiative manager. "Type commanders could deploy ships for an additional 51,000 underway steaming hours."

While i-ENCON engineers use barrels-per-hour metrics to evaluate a ship's fuel efficiency, budget analysts use operations tempo metrics.

"The programmatic/budgetary allocation system uses barrels-per-operations tempo day (OPTEMPO Day), defined as three or more hours of underway operation per day," said Pehlivan. "This distinction is important, so i-ENCON hourly rates will not be compared to ships' OPTEMPO Days.

As a meet-the-fleet initiative, i-ENCON program sponsors conduct routine meetings with ship operators to review specific fuel-saving procedures and recommend quarterly awards for ships with the most fuel-efficient operations. The performance in the first three quarters of fiscal year 2010 are attributed to strong commitments and energy awareness by the fleet type commanders, strike group commanders, base commanders, and ship's force.

i-ENCON also rewards leading fuel conservers among underway surface ships with special recognitions and cash incentives.

According to Pehlivan, award money is routed to each commanding officer's discretionary funds that are often used to buy items like damage control gear or to augment the ship's welfare and recreation programs.

There are seven different incentives under the i-ENCON program: Fleet Type Commander cash awards; SECNAV annual energy awards given to eight ships (four large-hull category; and four small-hull category); Department of Energy awards presented to two ships (one large-hull category; and one small-hull category); top five performing ships (posted quarterly on the iENCON Web site); top 25 performing ships (posted quarterly on the iENCON website); recognition of i-ENCON achievements in annual fitness reports; and the opportunity to be good stewards of Navy resources.

For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.

 

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