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Navy Receives Coveted Platts Award
December 16, 2009

Assistant Commander, NAVFAC Public Works, Capt. Clayton Mitchell, CEC, USN, and Director, NAVFAC Energy Development Bill Tayler accept the 2009 Platts Global Energy Award for the Green Energy Initiative of the Year on behalf of the Department of the Navy. Photo provided by Platts Global Energy Awards.

The Department of the Navy’s (DoN) energy and water management program received the “Green Energy Initiative of the Year” honors at the 11th annual Platts Global Energy Awards Dec. 3rd in New York.

The Platts Global Energy Awards is an annual competition recognizing top achievers in the international energy industry. The award for Green Energy Initiative of the Year is the result of the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) efforts in developing alternative forms of energy such as wind and solar photovoltaic energy generation, solar thermal energy systems, geothermal energy generation and ground source heat pumps.

The Navy’s new energy policy sets the goal of having 50 percent of the Navy’s total energy consumption produced by alternative and renewable sources by 2020. Other targeted goals include changing the way the Navy and Marine Corps award contracts during the acquisition process to consider the lifetime energy cost of the system; creating a “Green Strike Group” composed of nuclear and biofuel powered vessels by 2016; by 2015 reducing petroleum use in its 50,000 commercial vehicle fleet by 50 percent using hybrid fuel and electric vehicles; and producing at least half of all shore-based energy requirements from renewable resources, such as solar, wind and ocean generated by bases themselves by 2020.

With more than 200 award nominations this year, representing more than 30 countries, DoN was also a finalist in the Engineering News Record’s “Energy Construction Project of the Year” for the Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Japan’s (CFAY) new cogeneration power facility.

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