Electricity rate relief comes with commitment to conserve

(Via Ho’okele News)

0328_8Rear Adm. Rick Williams

Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific

We have good news that the electricity rate will come down in April for privatized housing residents of Navy Region Hawaii – from 58.4 cents per kilowatt hour to 41.8 cents.

More good news: energy conservation is working here in Hawaii. We’re achieving 19.1 percent energy reduction in military

housing this month, with a cumulative, ongoing reduction of 12.5 percent for the year.

This is encouraging because the more we save in energy the more we save in dollars – both for our families and for our mission-essential operations.

I am very pleased to see the renewed commitment to evaluate our energy use, develop strategies to conserve, and achieve energy security goals together.

First, we are very grateful to senior Navy leaders. Their help in mitigating the impact of the electricity rate increase allows us to provide better care for our military families in Forest City public-private venture (PPV) housing.

Our residents have been patient and understanding, and that is very much appreciated. We are also thankful to our Forest City partners who are very much part of the energy conservation team.

We are in the process of developing a specially trained group, which we are calling the “Know Loads” to conduct assessments and evaluations for service members and families in privatized housing. Forest City has resources available to assist with best energy-saving practices and with monitoring energy consumption. They want to help residents stay in the buffer for like-type groups.

I am committed to ensuring the Resident Energy Conservation Program as applied here in Hawaii is as good as it can be.

* I am expanding our regional energy conservation board to include residents in Forest City housing. We want to continue hearing your ideas and suggestions.

* We will continue to work with all our partners to encourage maximum use of low-energy yield appliances and energy monitoring devices in our buildings.

* If families have questions about their bills, I encourage them to work with the Navy Region Hawaii Housing Office and Forest City.

* We will be setting up energy conservation education kiosks at high traffic areas, including the Pearl Harbor NEX, to display energy-saving tips, appliances and devices to assist with conservation initiatives. I encourage all residents, living both in privatized housing and out in town, to get involved in personally sharing your success stories, as we’ve seen in the pages of Ho’okele over the past year.

* I’ve also asked our team to see how technology can help. Let’s identify and promote an app for residents to help them see real-time energy usage.

These are just some of the ideas to help us tackle this issue.

Most of our electricity here in Hawaii is still generated from oil, a finite resource. We must conserve, and we must continue to support alternative, renewable, sustainable energy while we reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

Thank you for all you do to support the Navy’s energy security goals.

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