CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --  Camp Lejeune is being recognized for their energy efficiency efforts, winning the Secretary of the Navy Energy Excellence Award for the third year in a row.

  • Camp Lejeune wins the Secretary of the Navy Energy Excellence Award
  • They saved 30 percent on their energy bill in the last two years
  • Their energy bill was $34 million in 2017

The Marine Corps base in Jacksonville managed to save 30 percent on their energy bill in the last two years.

Camp Lejeune’s achievements this year included reducing its energy intensity by 18 percent in FY 2017 (30 percent reduction vs. its 2015 baseline) and closing down five steam plants while retrofitting over 500 facilities with natural gas fired space and domestic water heating systems. 

"Coal is a dirty burning, fuel source. It emits carbon into the air, which is detrimental to our environment. Whereas natural gas is a clean burning fuel,” said Amanda Renjifo, the Energy Installation manager for Camp Lejeune. 

Camp LeJeune’s energy bill was $34 million last year, so the savings is significant.  

“That translates to millions of dollars per year. Our current energy bill is about $34 million a year. If it was 40 percent higher, you'd see prices in the $40, $50 million,” said Renjifo.

The base also boasts the largest on-site photovoltaic capacity within the Marine Corps at 13 Megawatts which accounts for approximately 4 percent of the electricity consumed on the installation. It is also credited with developing a $100M Utility Energy Service Contract to improve command and control capabilities over wastewater treatment and electrical distribution systems.

The base was also recognized for its strategic energy communication program, using social media to encourage an Energy Ethos among Marines and raise awareness about energy and water use.