Energy Awareness Month

Wednesday October 5, 2011

What is it?

October Energy Awareness Month provides an excellent opportunity to focus and strengthen our efforts to significantly improve the Army's energy security. To accomplish our global missions, the Army requires assured access to energy to meet operational needs and to power installations. We must aggressively improve the Army's power and energy posture to reduce our reliance on a fragile electric grid and vulnerable foreign oil supplies. While the Army is taking steps at the enterprise level, achieving energy security requires active participation from each member of the Army community. As individuals, we can reduce energy consumption at home and at work through simple behavioral changes like turning off lights, computer monitors and other equipment when not in use.

What is the Army doing?

The Army is taking steps to reduce its total energy usage while increasing its use of renewable energy. This year, we began the Net Zero Installation initiative to bring total resource consumption (energy, water and waste) on an installation down to an effective rate of zero. In addition, the Army established the Energy Initiatives Task Force to streamline acquisition processes and leverage industry for executing large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects on installations. Operational energy initiatives include advanced portable power systems, lighter batteries, universal charging devices, water purifiers and smart micro grids to lighten Soldier loads.

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

The Army Power & Energy Program is divided into three focus areas: Soldier Power, Vehicle Power, and Basing Power. The Army is working collectively to change our culture, so that energy is a consideration in everything that we do and every Soldier is a power manager. We will continue to foster relationships and private sector investments in clean/renewable technologies to drive efficiencies across the enterprise, reduce energy and materiel demand/consumption, increase the diversity of energy supply, and increase energy self-sufficiency at home and in contingency operations.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army needs assured access to energy. Reducing operational and installation energy demand and enhancing energy security is operationally necessary, financially prudent, and mission critical. Through comprehensive efforts in the areas of Soldier power, Basing power and Vehicle power we will ensure that the Army of the future will have access to the resources it needs to perform its mission at a cost it can afford.


Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment)

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U.S. Army Energy Security and Sustainability
Net Zero







A Culture of Engagement

Social Media


Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno's webpage

Best Warrior Competition

Ten Years of Strength

Army Energy News

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' website

Comprehensive Soldier Fitness


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Senior Leaders are Saying

"October Energy Awareness Month provides an excellent opportunity to focus and strengthen our efforts to improve our Army's energy security..."

View the complete: Senior leader message Army Energy Awareness Month- October 2011

What They're Saying

"It gets more competitive every year. As the technology grows, everyone seems to get better ... This also gives us a chance to share ideas and spread our knowledge a little, even with other countries."

- Sgt. 1st Class Richard Vest, a U.S. Army Sniper School instructor and team sergeant, speaking about the International Sniper Competition which included entries from Ireland, Spain, Canada, Germany, the Air Force, Marine Corps and Army National Guard.

International Sniper Competition wraps up


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