Energy Initiatives

Friday October 26, 2012

What is it?

Private-sector know-how, entrepreneurism and participation is needed to secure U.S. Army installations with clean, reliable and affordable energy to strengthen the energy security and to support Department of Defense energy goals by best optimization of available resources.

What has the Army done?

The Army has moved forward to address the challenge of energy security and sustainability to ensure the Army of tomorrow has the same access to energy, water, land and natural resources as the Army of today.

The Army has made renewable energy a key component of fulfilling this objective and just recently set an ambitious goal for deploying 1 gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy projects - enough to supply approximately 250,000 homes - by 2025.

The Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) was established by the Secretary of the Army to serve as the central managing office for partnering with Army installations to implement cost-effective, large-scale, renewable energy projects, leveraging private sector financing.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 alone, the Army added more renewable power than the combined total from all previous years. FY11 renewable energy production was 0.5 percent of total consumption, as compared to 5 percent of the Army's goal. In FY12, the Army has 16.7 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy capacity in construction, which will increase renewable energy to 1.1 percent of the Army's total consumption, as compared to 7.5 percent of its goal.

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

The Army needs an additional 2.5 million MW-a year of renewable energy through collaboration with the private sector to meet the Army's goal of 1 GW of renewable energy by 2025. In order to achieve this goal, the Army is working on the development of large-scale renewable energy projects that will help strengthen energy security while supporting the Army's energy goals. The EITF is screening more than 180 Army and National Guard installations to identify sites that have the best potential for renewable energy development.

Why is this important to the Army?

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. Access and availability to energy sources for our advancing technologies are critical.

Resources:

Energy Initiatives Task Force
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment)
Army Energy News
Net Zero Public site

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