Energy Strategy for Installations
What is it?
The Army Energy Strategy for Installations was approved by the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff on July 8, 2005 as the long-range vision for the Army's Energy Program for Installations. This strategy establishes the framework for the Army’s activities in achieving its mission and objectives while meeting the challenges posed by rising energy prices, potential energy shortages, aging infrastructure, and a changing global environment. The Strategy sets broad goals for the Army to manage energy and water resources through 2030. It is founded on five initiatives:
- Eliminate energy waste in existing facilities
- Increase energy efficiency in renovation and new construction
- Reduce dependency on fossil fuels
- Conserve water resources
- Improve energy security
What has the Army done?
The Army Energy Strategy for Installations was developed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for the Army for Installations and Environment in coordination with the Army Staff offices, major Army commands and subordinate commands. In order to implement the strategy in an orderly progression of policies, programs, and projects, the Army subsequently developed the Army Energy and Water Campaign Plan for Installations. The Campaign Plan establishes the way ahead for leveraging resources to meet Army energy and water management goals and achieve the energy conservation mandates established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Campaign Plan identifies detailed plans, metrics, milestones, and lead agents for executing the Strategy. (See the “Campaign Plan” tab at the Army Energy Program Web site, HYPERLINK "http://army-energy.hqda.pentagon.mil" http://army-energy.hqda.pentagon.mil.)
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army is currently performing a biennial update for the plan. The updated plan will incorporate new policy and directives, such as Executive Order 13423, and will reflect our analysis of the programs and policies supporting these initiatives and assess the need for changes. Resource requirements for executing the Army Energy and Water Campaign Plan will be included in the development of the Army’s program objective memorandum and updated biennially as funding, projects, and policies are executed.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army Energy Strategy for Installations and Army Energy and Water Campaign Plan for Installations are critical for managing the Army's growing demand for energy and water resources, reducing expenses for purchasing energy and operating our utility systems, ensuring our compliance with recent legislation regarding federally established conservation objectives, and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Investing in energy efficiency, reliability, and security will enhance the effectiveness of our installations and ensure our ability to meet Army mission requirements.