Readiness through resilience – Picatinny Arsenal observes Energy Action Month

By Eric KowalOctober 23, 2023

This year's theme, "Energy Resilience Enables Army Readiness," reinforces the Army's top priorities of readiness, modernization, reform, and lethality.
This year's theme, "Energy Resilience Enables Army Readiness," reinforces the Army's top priorities of readiness, modernization, reform, and lethality. (Photo Credit: Christophe Morel) VIEW ORIGINAL

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - October is Army Energy Action Month and this year's theme is “Readiness through Resilience,” which highlights the integral link between mission capabilities and energy availability.

The U.S. Army observes Energy Action Month (EAM) each October to promote energy security initiatives and to emphasize operational and installation energy resilience. EAM provides an opportunity to reinforce key messages that secure and reliable access to energy is vital for the Army to perform its mission and support global operations.

The Army’s first priority is readiness – ensuring that Soldiers have the tools and training they need to be lethal and ready to fight, survive and win. Readiness requires a Total Army force effort, to include the work of the Army energy programs and professionals.

“Army Readiness is heavily reliant on installation and operational energy security and resilience,” said Rachel Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. “Partnerships with communities, academia and industry increase both Army and community resilience and contribute to national defense.”

EAM raises awareness of Army energy security and resilience initiatives to encourage Soldiers, family members, Army civilians, defense contractors, and utility partners to promote efficient energy behavior, thus improving resilience by incorporating energy sustainability and resilience into everyday decisions and reduce energy consumption.

A recent U.S. Army Bugle Note that focused on Energy Action Month states, “Energy security is national security. Power is critical to Army operations. Access to uninterrupted energy is a core enabler of national defense.”

As the Army builds the future force, it is investing in resilience technologies, “such as microgrids and energy storage, and hybrid tactical vehicles that increase lethality with silent mobility and greater operational endurance,” according to the note.

EAM provides an opportunity to raise awareness of Installation and Operational energy resilience initiatives affecting programs and equipment.

As a result, installation officials will hold Picatinny Arsenal Energy Action Day at the Sam Adams Pub on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Picatinny energy and environmental department engineers will be available, along with energy industry representatives, to share information from an array of energy related programs available for homeowners and businesses. Learn about home improvement resources and energy cost assistance programs from utility companies. Also, get an update on Picatinny Arsenal energy and water conservation and renewable energy projects. Meet industry representatives from:

·       JCP&L Electric

·       New Jersey Natural Gas

·       Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative (SREC)

·       Sunlight Advantage from NJR Clean Energy Ventures (CEV): Residential and small Commercial Solar

·       EV Charger Industry Consultant

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