Navy cyber secure Smart Grid completes capability test, launches at Norfolk base

NORFOLK, Va. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) deployed the Smart Grid enterprise energy management solution at the Naval Station in Norfolk after completing a capability test in February. The test validated that Smart Grid is operating as it was originally intended.

This milestone allows continued regional deployment across NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic while Naval Station Norfolk establishes a dedicated facility engineering operations center (FEOC). Other installations in the region will begin integrating buildings, meters, and control systems to the system’s command hub in Norfolk. Simultaneously, regional deployment has also begun for NAVFAC Southwest with its FEOC set to open at Naval Base San Diego.

Smart Grid is a centralized, cyber secure monitoring and control system that analyzes energy consumption and utilizes data to drive more efficient operations. Smart Grid generates actionable information and instantaneously alerts personnel of outages or anomalies, allowing technicians to more quickly respond to issues. Mapping functionality creates a digital twin of an installation allowing operators to pinpoint issues down to the building and meter. Analytic capabilities support predictive maintenance, cost management, and advanced warning of energy failures that may impact maritime readiness.

“Smart Grid capabilities are revolutionizing the way the Department of the Navy (DON) handles disruptions with quicker response times and proactive monitoring of our energy assets,” sats Eric Speight, NAVFAC Atlantic Smart Grid program manager. “Response time is particularly valuable when a disruption impacts a mission-critical resource, such as a pier-side ship plugged into an installation’s electrical grid experiencing an outage. In this scenario, Smart Grid accelerates restoration time and allows resources to return to optimum mission readiness faster.”

The DON plans to deploy Smart Grid across the shore enterprise over the next several years to enhance resiliency on its installations. Initial operating capability is expected at NAVFAC Southwest later this year, followed by NAVFAC Hawaii and NAVFAC Europe Africa Southwest Asia.

“With evolving digital threats to infrastructure and networks, it is imperative that the Navy utilize the best tools available, and Smart Grid is one of them,” says John Kliem, executive director, NAVFAC Energy Security Programs. “Adversaries are working harder than ever to exploit cyber vulnerabilities and infiltrate U.S. systems. Smart Grid’s simple design makes Navy and Marine Corps operations more secure against outages and possible breaches.”