The Navy is monitoring energy consumption and ensuring mission readiness at its Washington, D.C., area installations through a centralized data hub that relies on SmartGrid capabilities and advanced meters to collect real-time power consumption data down to the building level.
Operators in the Shore Operations Center at the Washington Navy Yard monitor electricity and power usage on facilities connected to the SmartGrid, and can make changes over the cyber-secure network in response to a weather incident, natural or man-made disaster, or simply a resource drawing the wrong amount of power, reported Naval District Washington Public Affairs.
In addition, each facility has a monitoring station, where all relevant data, including trouble-shooting information, is available to facility managers and key maintenance personnel. The Shore Operations Center and associated controls help lower the Navy’s overall energy consumption and operating costs, according to the story.
Beyond maintaining secure control and monitoring systems, energy security depends on the reliability of facilities’ energy sources, said Bob Kelly, Washington energy supervisor for Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
“There are no sources of energy that are 100 percent reliable. We look at outage history, or the risk of potential outages of energy sources, and attempt to mitigate the risk by either seeking more reliable energy sources or putting backup systems in place,” Kelly said.
“Diesel generators have historically been the work horse for electrical backup. Today we are investigating many different avenues for energy, such as combined heat and power (CHP), fuel cells, solar applications and wind energy to name a few. These technologies produce energy within our own fence lines, therefore reducing our threat of outside influence,” he stated.