Original Article from: COMNAVSURFLANT/PAC Engineering & Maintenance News Bulletin Volume 19 Issue 2 https://www.surfor.navy.mil/engineering/default.aspx.
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In 1993 the CNO formally requested that an incentivized Energy Conservation (iENCON) Program be established for the Pacific and Atlantic Fleet ships. After a successful pilot program in the Pacific Fleet, the iENCON program was implemented fleet wide in 1999. Three years later, in 2002, the program won the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management, and in 2010 the program was selected by US industry as one of the three Department of Navy programs (among 200+ programs) to represent the United States in the Platt Global Energy Awards.
The program provides ship energy saving strategies and techniques available by procedural and operational modifications. The iENCON team conducts on-site training at each major US Naval Base, as well as Video Tele-Training Seminars and Workshops several times each year to maximize the opportunities for each ship to attend training sessions. CO’s attendance will earn you maximum of 25 points towards SECNAV annual energy awards given to 8 ships.
Incentives for ships to be energy efficient are listed below:
- TYCOMs Annual Cash Awards
- SECNAV Annual Energy Awards (includes cash)
- DOE Annual Energy Awards
- Top 5 pictures posted on iENCON web site home page quarterly (www.i-encon.com)
- Top 25 ships list posted quarterly on iENCON web site
- Use above for FITNES report and Engineering “E”
- Efficient and ready ships
- Good stewardship of Navy’s recourses
- Help Navy achieve SECNAV Energy Goals
- Help Navy achieve future ENERGY SECURITY
The iENCON program also evaluates ships efficiency using a theoretical engineering efficiency metric of Barrels/Hour (BBLs/hr), which is calculated based off of a three year class average baseline. The program then awards ships that underburn their baseline with cash incentives to their OPTAR at the end of each fiscal year.
The Navy fleet set a new program record in FY2010. The total fleet underburn was 14.4% of the total fuel consumed for that year, and the fleet underway fuel consumption rate tied 2009’s record of 20 BBLs/hr. This is nearly a 25% reduction in underway fuel consumption since 1999. The total fleet net underburn reached BLACK in 2003, and has remained in the BLACK every year since. The following is a graph of the US Navy Fleets UW fuel consumption rate and net theoretical underburn since FY 1999.
NOTE: FOLLOWING CHARTS ARE NOT TO BE USED FOR BUDGETARY DECISION AS THEY ARE THEORITICAL. SEE UNDERLINED NOTE ABOVE.
For all up-to-date information, please contact POC below. Also, visit our website at www.i-encon.com.
To all Commanding Officers, Rear Admiral Cullom (OPNAV N45) is looking for COs with stories on how a tactical energy decision was made which positively affected the mission at hand. Rear Admiral Cullom would like to send a team out to video tape and document such a story, so please contact Sam Pehlivan if you have a story to share.
Finally, we would like to leave you with the top 5 energy saving strategies that all ships and personnel should remember and practice whenever possible:
- Drift or Anchor Underway – 70% Savings
- Trail Shaft – 50% Savings
- Hull and Propeller Cleaning – 18% Savings
- Good Navigation – use of OTSR & TESS
- Good Machinery Maintenance
NAVSEA POC is Mr. Hasan “Sam” Pehlivan, SEA 05Z, DSN 326.3801, Comm. 202.781-3801, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.