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Eversource and United States Coast Guard Academy Partnering on Maritime Center of Excellence

Mar 23, 2022

Coast Guard energy efficiency upgrades energy efficiency

Construction underway on newest energy-efficient learning facility on New London campus

BERLIN, Conn. Following the successful completion of an energy efficiency project involving more than 30 buildings across campus, Eversource and the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) have announced another partnership – developing the Maritime Center of Excellence (MCOE).  As part of this project, the Academy is investing $1.83 million for Eversource to extend and install existing utility lines providing chilled water and natural gas as well as support energy efficiency measures throughout the new building.

Coast Guard Academy MCOE - entrance“We’re excited to help make the Maritime Center of Excellence as energy efficient as possible, and to build on the previous work we’ve done at the USCGA,” said Eversource Executive Vice President of Customer Experience and Energy Strategy Penni Conner. “Inside and out, we’re working with the Academy to make sure this facility is a learning space that is comfortable and energy efficient.” 

The 20,000 square-foot facility will have a design reminiscent of the Coast Guard fleet with a curvilinear vaulted roof and wooden decks. Expected to be completed later this year, it will be a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-certified building focusing on energy efficiency, using solar panels, natural ventilation and harvesting rainwater. Eversource will provide interior and exterior lighting measures that are 37% more efficient than local building codes require, along with occupancy sensors, high-efficiency boilers for heating, and an economizer on the air handling unit. These measures will combine to provide energy savings of 825,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power over the lifetime of the building, reducing the carbon footprint by 528 tons.

“The MCOE is part of the continuing transformation of our campus and the building design demonstrates our continuing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Academy Superintendent, Rear Adm. Bill Kelly. “We look forward to working with Eversource again, helping us to create another facility that will better develop and support our future officers.”

Recent Eversource projects on campus have delivered improvements in infrastructure, energy efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability, helping to make the new MCOE project possible. The modernized high-efficiency natural gas plant and chilled water system provide the capacity and accessibility necessary to integrate natural gas and chilled water into the new building design.

The construction of the MCOE is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association.


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Mitch Gross

U.S. Coast Guard Academy:
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