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Army Energy Security Implementation Strategy (AESIS)

What is it?
The AESIS is a living document that guides the development of energy policies and programs. The AESIS establishes five strategic energy goals and outlines a broad approach for accomplishing them in the next decade. These strategic goals are to: reduce total energy consumption; increase energy efficiency across platforms and facilities; increase the Service’s use of renewable and alternative energy sources; assure access to sufficient energy supplies; and reduce adverse impacts on the environment.

What has the Army done?
The Secretary of the Army established the Senior Energy Council (SEC) to provide the leadership structure necessary to direct this Army-wide effort. The SEC reports to the Secretary of the Army and is co-chaired by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. The Army’s Senior Energy Executive, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Partnerships, is responsible for monitoring and reporting to the SEC progress in achieving the goals and objectives outlined in the AESIS.

The Army has embarked on several pilot projects, including:

  • A solar thermal production facility at Fort Irwin, California with output capacity of approximately 500 MW.
  • The replacement of 4,000 petroleum-fueled vehicles with Low Speed Electric Vehicles.
  • A 30 MW geothermal power plant at Hawthorne Army Depot, Nevada.
  • Six biomass waste-to-fuel technology demonstrations at Fort. AP Hill, Virginia, Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Drum, New York, Fort Lewis, Washington, and Fort Stewart, Georgia.
  • Implementation of a whole-base energy savings performance contract at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will evaluate the success of the pilot projects and employ feasible technologies on a larger scale in order to increase energy security and efficiency across the Army enterprise. We will continue to monitor and incentivize energy reduction and efficiency with a focus on creating a culture of energy awareness.

Why is this important to the Army?
This plan is critical to ensuring a comprehensive enterprise approach to reduce energy consumption and ensure energy security at installations as well as in operational deployments. The senior Army leadership is committed to creating a culture of energy awareness and security to enhance our mission effectiveness.

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