WWW.SEAPOWERMAGAZINE.ORG SEAPOWER / MAY 2016
What percentage of the Navy’s use of shore
power is now provided by renewable energy?
CULLOM: That’s about 25 percent and we should expect
to see that increase pretty dramatically in the years to
come with the 1-gigawatt initiative that we are implementing on our shore installations. That number is going
to go up and, again, that’s part of the vision Secretary
Mabus had set us on some number of years ago.
What savings or efficiencies have been realized under the Shore Energy Programs’
approach to shore energy management? How
has that program progressed?
CULLOM: Actually, quite well. The Shore Energy
Program is pretty robust, if you’re talking about energy efficiencies. We’ve used those to be able to make
operations ashore much more efficient, and we’ve
been able to use that to do more for FSRM [Facilities,
Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization]. It has a
dual purpose. Very clearly, if we can make more efficient use of energy on the shore, then we can be more
resilient as well, particularly as we transition to these
alternative [energy] sources.
If we are challenged and we have another Hurricane
Sandy in a fleet concentration area, where we are prone
to or have seen those storms, then we’ll be able to
be more resilient for much longer periods of time. It
therefore has a dual advantage.
What changes have been made with regard to
CULLOM: That’s actually a really important issue. The
23 percent reduction in energy intensity has gotten us
to look at shore energy in a more complete and integrated way. In doing so, we’re realizing that it isn’t just
about the shore energy we use, it’s also about our ability
to secure the systems that are associated with that on
Cyber security has been one of the more interesting
and exciting things I think we have done on the shore
side in the last couple of years. We’ve made some great
strides in actually leading the Department of Defense
in this arena — protection of our critical assets — by
both our active participation in the Task Force Cyber
Awakening, which is both an afloat and ashore awakening to the vulnerabilities that exist with that, but also