WASHINGTON - Naval Sea Systems Command's (NAVSEA's) Incentivized Energy Conservation (i-ENCON) Program recorded another banner year for ship fuel conservation in fiscal year 2008, i-ENCON Program Manager Hasan Pehlivan announced Nov. 28.
According to Pehlivan, the program helped Navy ships save more than 1 million barrels of oil in fiscal year 2008, enough to fill the 12-gallon gas tanks of more than 3.5 million cars resulting in a record cost avoidance of more than $136 million.
The i-ENCON program is one of two major initiatives comprising the Navy's Energy Conservation (ENCON) Program, spearheaded by NAVSEA's Marine Engineering team. Committed to reducing ships' energy consumption by 10 percent each year, i-ENCON is a hands-on "Meet the Fleet" initiative. 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.
According to Pehlivan, i-ENCON rewards leading fuel conservers among underway surface ships with special recognition and cash incentives up to $90,000. Each quarter, he said, approximately100 ships qualify for cash awards. Award money is routed to each commanding officer's discretionary funds, which are often used to buy items like damage control gear or to augment the ships' welfare and recreation programs.
"The incentives are very important to i-ENCON's success," Pehlivan added. "It's a volunteer program that requires real commitment from ships' Commanding officers, chief engineers and main propulsion assistants. I receive calls and emails from ships every day wanting to know how they can participate and improve their fuel performance."
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