Basing Power (Installations)

Wednesday August 22, 2012

What is it?

Basing Power (Installation) is the energy required to power Army bases. Installation Energy is focused on fuel, water, power, energy, military construction and design; increasing energy and sustainability across the enterprise through Energy conservation investments, utilities modernization and energy efficiency in military construction, while continuing to reduce consumption, increase efficiencies, re-purposing, recycling and energy recovery.

What is the Army doing?

The Army is enhancing mission effectiveness through Army Power and Energy advancements. The Army is taking a system wide approach for designing installations and base camps to capture efficiencies. The Army is driving efficiency across the Enterprise. Through technology and policies, we are reducing our energy footprint. The Army is: leveraging private financing to accelerate efficiency projects; building resilience through Renewable and Alternative Energy; diversifying sources of energy to allow for continued operations during energy disruptions; and we are attracting private investment to develop large-scale renewable energy projects.

The Army is providing flexibility and resiliency by developing alternatives and adaptable capabilities. The Army has reduced total energy use since 2003 by 13 percent, even as the total number of assigned Soldiers and civilians on installations has gone up by 20 percent. They have enhanced energy designs for construction and renovations. The Army leads the federal government in application of ASHRAE 189.1 and installation of energy efficient measures.

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

The Army will manage natural resources with a net zero strategy for energy, water and waste. Key is: Net Zero capability, operations and maintenance funding of modernization projects and energy program, effective use of third party funded initiatives, and enhanced construction and renovation design.

Why is it important to the Army?

Installation Energy ensures our Soldiers, civilians and families have a safe and secure place in which to work and live. Today, the installations on which Soldiers live and train are almost completely dependent on commercial power grids which can be disrupted by weather, nature and acts of terrorism. As the technologies we utilize advance, access and availability to required energy sources is more critical than ever. In order to be successful the Army must: change its culture by making energy a consideration in everything we do; hold leaders accountable for energy performance; strengthen existing energy management systems; instill in Soldiers a sense of "energy discipline;" and incentivize Soldiers, Army civilians and families to model desired behavior by making energy a priority in their daily activities.

Resources:

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

Army Energy News

Energy Initiatives Task Force

Net Zero

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