Operational Energy

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For decades, our energy culture was, “save energy if you can.” Today, we ask Sailors and Marines to, “save energy unless you can’t.” Efficient use of fuel can mean more time on station instead of tied to an oiler or tanker. It can be the difference between having power for one more shot from a rail gun or directed energy weapon, and having to sacrifice lethality for maneuverability. This is the reasoning behind the CNO operational energy goal of reducing overall consumption afloat by 15 percent by 2020.

We have made significant progress by deploying efficient technologies that save energy on our ships and aircraft, and in expeditionary systems. Technology alone is not enough. There is more we can, and need, to do. Sailors and Marines have found innovative ways to optimize their energy use:

  • USS Nitze (DDG 94) has a designated Energy Conservation Officer, responsible for managing issues related to plant configuration, fuel conservation, and equipment maintenance; and has assigned its Main Propulsion Assistant to manage all fuels maintained on board to leverage the ship’s modern technology and appropriately match energy consumption to operations.
  • Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SIX (VAW-116) optimizes its flight profiles during training and while embarked, through detailed scheduling and planning, and superior air work, to maximize on-station time, and to eliminate unnecessary fuel dumping.
  • The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group hosted a “Great Green Ideas” competition, to gather ideas from its crew – both simple and complex – to make better use of its available fuel resources and increase its overall operational capability.

These actions add up. Every kilowatt hour of electricity or gallon of fuel allows us to increase our range, on-station time, and operational capability. It is up to each of us to optimize our energy use to boost warfighting capabilities. Energy Action Month is a great time to start.

Tip Sheets

Not sure where to start? These tip sheets offer some easy solutions to optimize your ship’s energy use while underway or in port. Tips are available for Navigation and Ship Handling, Engineering Plant Operations, Hotel Loads, HVAC, and Pierside. Print them out, post them around the ship, or distribute them by email, at events, or in common areas on installations.

5 Ways to Save…
Navigation and Ship Handling
Engineering Plant Operations
Hotel Loads

5 Things You Should Know About
Department of Navy Energy

Plan of the Day Notes

Plans of the Day (PODs) are great ways to remind your crew to consider energy efficiency in all they do. Increase energy awareness and increase your crew’s efficiency by submitting weekly energy tips to your Executive Officer (XO) for inclusion in your ship’s Plan of the Day. This sheet offers from sample POD notes.

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Energy Management Tools

Energy Dashboard

Energy Dashboard is a shipboard tool that provides the sailor with real-time situational awareness of the energy demand associated with equipment lineups and mission.

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 2017 Energy Action Month Posters

  Seaman Sean Flaherty stands aft port lookout watch aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis as the guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd, front, and USS Preble steam ahead of the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Walter M. Wayman/Released)
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  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey refuels alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.  (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Carla Ocampo/Released)
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  A solar panel display at the new solar generation facility at Naval Air Station Meridian. (U.S. Navy Photo by MC2 Chris Liaghat/Released)
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