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NAWCTSD uses sunshine to save energy
By NAWCTSD Public Affairs - October 22, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. — A 2012 presidential proclamation declares the month of October "Energy Action Month." It is a time where organizations across the Department of Defense focus on saving energy. This year's theme is “Energy Action equals Mission Success.”

Mission success is a top priority of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, and being responsible users of energy is part of the daily routine here, where the command has implemented several policies to support this national effort.

Following the guidance under the presidential proclamation, NAWCTSD has exceeded its goal to reduce its energy consumption by three percent annually every year since 2007. There is also a mandated goal of reducing water consumption by two percent annually and NAWCTSD has also exceeded the annual water reduction goals established.

Harvesting energy from Florida's sunshine is a game-changing approach that instantly reduced the command's monthly electrical bills. In 2011 Naval Support Activity Orlando installed an integrated photovoltaic renewable energy system on the roof of the de Florez building, where NAWCTSD is the primary tenant command. Additionally NAWCTSD realized further energy savings by installing timed surge protectors that automatically shut off after 11 hours to save power, and replacing incandescent lighting with more efficient LED task lights. Along with motion-activated light sensors, these efforts have enabled the organization to exceed its three percent energy reduction goal for the past five years.

Leading the effort to lower energy consumption at NAWCTSD is Steve Wagner, the Installation Energy Manager at NSA Orlando and has served in this role for more than six years. One of his responsibilities is adhering to the policies set forth by Navy Region Southeast Energy Management Program. During this time, several energy saving initiatives were implemented around the command. “We’ve replaced power strips and with ones with timers on them. This has helped in the lowering plug loads. We are also currently upgrading our chiller plant. Those are some of the biggest infrastructure changes. Other things we’ve done to lower our energy consumption is we’ve installed a renewable energy system on the roof of the de Florez Building. This has averaged a five percent energy reduction,” said Wagner.

“Our energy program has benefited greatly from investing money in these projects. Making changes in personal behavior is difficult to manage. I’m aware that if we are as an organization going to continue to reach the mandated goals then changes to our personal behavior will have to happen. It can’t only be done though energy projects,” said Wagner.

To assist in his efforts of educating the NAWCTSD workforce about the importance of reducing energy consumption NAWCTSD has quarterly energy conservation board meetings. The organization has also established several Building Energy Managers located throughout the competencies to assist in creating awareness about energy reduction. The BEMS attend the quarterly meeting and convey any messages or new policy changes to the employees within their competency. NAWCTSD has more than 20 BEMS focused on the goals of energy reduction. “The participation of the Building Energy Managers is giving us tons of awareness,” said Wagner. The team's effort is paying off; NAWCTSD reduced its energy consumption by six percent from last fiscal year. Since 2007, the command has reduced its energy consumption by 26 percent and since 2009 the organization has reduced its water consumption by 29 percent.

The Navy launched an energy awareness campaign in recently entitled, “Energy Warrior.” This campaign offers awareness videos and multimedia items through a free downloadable application. To learn more about the Navy’s Energy Warrior campaign visit

For more information, contact NAWCTSD Public Affairs at (407) 380-8372.

Photovoltaic cells provide approximately 5 percent of the electricity used by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando. Photo courtesy of NAVAIR.
Photovoltaic cells provide approximately 5 percent of the electricity used by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando. Photo courtesy of NAVAIR.

"Brite," the mascot for the Navy
"Brite," the mascot for the Navy's Shore Energy program, greets NAWCTSD employees at the Naval Support Activity Orlando gate to raise energy awareness. Photo courtesy of NAVAIR.
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