Energy Initiatives Office Task Force

Thursday August 11, 2011

What is it?

The Energy Initiatives Office (EIO) Task Force is dedicated to implementing large-scale renewable energy programs at Army installations.

What is the Army doing?

The Secretary of the Army announced the establishment of the EIO Task Force on Aug. 10, 2011. Through establishing the EIO Task Force, the Army will conduct an aggressive outreach effort to private industry to foster strategic, technical and financial investment in Army renewable energy efforts. The EIO Task force will provide the Army and interested members of the private sector with a one-stop-shop for information and expertise on renewable energy opportunities on or near installations. It will also provide a transparent and streamlined process for large-scale renewable project development, approval, and execution.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Installations are already pursuing renewable energy infrastructure. The EIO Task Force will provide the needed expertise to identify and evaluate technologies, negotiate with utilities, and manage the construction, operation and maintenance of large-scale renewable projects. The EIO Task Force will focus on working with the private sector to execute large-scale renewable energy projects. To maximize its effectiveness, the EIO Task Force will also work closely with the Department of Energy (DOE) and associated laboratories.

Why is this important to the Army?

Increasing energy security is high priority for Army leadership. Reducing operational and installation energy demand and enhancing energy security is operationally necessary, financially prudent, and mission critical. The scale of renewable energy production the Army needs in order to meet Army goals and federal mandates, as well as provide enhanced energy security, is estimated to require investment up to $7.1B over the next 10 years. In order to meet its goals, the Army will need to collaborate with the private sector.

The Army Power & Energy Program is divided into three focus areas: Soldier Power, Vehicle Power, and Basing Power, with renewable energy efforts falling under the Basing Power focus area. Currently, the Army is addressing energy security and sustainability issues related to fossil fuel use through projects such as the Net Zero initiative, which has identified pilot installations to implement Net Zero energy, water, and waste. Additionally, the Army has developed a renewable energy execution plan to address Basing Power needs, as well as a series of five "playbooks" that provide the Army with a process to pursue large-scale renewable energy projects in a manner that is predictable and transparent.

Resources:

Army Energy Initiatives Office Task Force
Document: U.S. Army Energy Security and Sustainability
STAND-TO! Net Zero

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"The Energy Initiatives Office Task Force will help the Army build resilience through renewable energy while streamlining our business practices so developers can invest in and build an economically viable, large-scale renewable energy infrastructure. To meet a goal of 25 percent renewable energy by 2025, the Army must use every opportunity to be energy efficient and draw power from alternative and/or renewable energy sources."

- Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, emphasized the Army's plan to conduct an aggressive outreach effort to attract and engage private industry to foster strategic and financial collaboration in support of the Army's installation energy needs, while announcing the establishment of the Energy Initiatives Office (EIO) Task Force at the GovEnergy Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio., Aug. 10, 2011.

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