The Navy Saves Energy in its Buildings With EERE Expertise

Project Overview
Positive Impact: More efficient buildings.
Naval Undersea Warfare Center reduces carbon footprint using a Department of Energy ESPC.
Locations: Washington
Partners: Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Trane Inc.
Clean Energy Sector: Energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturingPDF

Thanks to a Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) energy savings performance contract (ESPC) partnership, the NUWC installed geothermal heat pumps, high-efficiency HVAC and building systems; improved energy management controls; and repaired two significant underground water leaks. Since the completion of this project in the fall of 2011, NUWC has demonstrated an annual energy savings of more than 30%. The project will save the center 69 billion British thermal units per year—enough to power 726 homes—and will significantly reduce NUWC’s carbon footprint. This project leveraged $14.7 million in private investment.

The NUWC partnered with Trane Inc. to utilize DOE’s energy savings ESPC. ESPCs are contracts that allow federal agencies to accomplish energy-savings projects without up-front capital costs. EERE’s Federal Energy Management Program provides technical assistance and training for federal agencies implementing ESPCs.

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) works with key individuals to accomplish energy change within organizations by bringing expertise from all levels of project and policy implementation to enable federal agencies to meet energy related goals and to provide energy leadership to the country.

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