Monday November 24, 2008
What is it?
The Army Energy Security Initiative has the Army leading the way toward energy conservation, efficiency, and security for the military and the Nation. According to Assistant Secretary of the Army for the Environment and Partnerships Paul Bollinger, the Army will be leveraging technology that exists today as well as exploring emerging technologies to ease the Army's dependence on fossil fuels.
What has the Army done?
The Army created the Army Senior Energy Council on Sept. 26, 2008 which, according to its charter, will create a strategy for energy use by installations, camps, vehicles, aircraft and weapons. The council will develop ways to measure energy use and savings. The council is comprised of more than two dozen senior civilian and uniformed leaders.
In the near term, the Army also plans to distribute neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV) as part of the Energy Security Initiative to numerous installations. Some 800 NEVs will be delivered next year and 4,000 over the next three years. On Dec. 16 at Fort Belvoir, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren will accept delivery of the first NEVs at the installation.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army's ambitious new energy strategy calls for an analysis of the usefulness of solar, geothermal and biomass facilities in numerous locations across the country. Where these strategies make sense, facilities could be constructed to provide energy from these sources. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has expressed a desire to team with the Army to build a solar energy facility near Fort Irwin, Calif, Test holes to harness geothermal as an energy source were driven in Hawthorne, Nev., at the cost of $2.5 million. An existing plant near China Lake. Calif., produces 200 megawatts of power from and generates $12 million a year in revenue. Waste to energy or Biomass, burns garbage that creates heat, steam and power to turn generators.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army cares about Soldiers, civilians and families and recognizes energy conservation, research and sustainability will protect Soldiers lives and enhance the quality of life for all. Fewer fuel convoys on the roads in Iraq means fewer Soldiers exposed to hostile fire. The Army will increase the use of new, alternative energy sources and partner with industry involved in the research and development of this science to the mutual benefit of the military and the Nation. The Army will continue to champion and encourage investment strategies supporting Army energy programs.
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