Monday June 24, 2013
What is it?
The Army Energy Initiatives Task Force was established in September 2011 to help the Army address installation energy security requirements and achieve the goal outlined in the National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) of 2007 and 2010 of producing or procuring 25 percent of its installation energy from renewable sources by 2025.
In an effort to meet the NDAA goal, the Army teamed with the Air Force and Navy and established an internal goal to implement three gigawatts (GWs) of renewable energy generation capacity (1 GW each) by 2025. The Army, through the EITF, will partner with installations to implement cost effective, large-scale renewable energy projects to achieve these goals.
What has the Army done?
The EITF has screened over 180 Army installations to identify sites that have the best potential for large-scale renewable energy development. Of note:
Working through Defense Logistics Agency Energy and Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Ala., the EITF now has five projects in acquisition totaling over 125 megawatts (MW) of potential renewable energy:
The EITF worked closely with the USACE- Huntsville to develop and release the $7 billion Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) request for proposal for the procurement of renewable energy projects. The MATOC is an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract vehicle that identifies qualified firms to compete for individual task order contracts for four renewable energy technologies - solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army continues to push forward to achieve mandated renewable energy goals, refine project management and execution processes, and achieve the EITF mission to Secure Army Installations with Energy that is Clean, Reliable and Affordable. The EITF team provides broad experience and capabilities in acquisition, project finance, renewable technologies, real estate, utility regulation, grid integration and environmental permitting, assisting installation commanders and their staffs to assess and implement renewable energy projects.
Why is this important to the Army?
Installation energy security is a top priority for the Army and is reflected in the Army Campaign Plan - Objective 8.1 Adapt/Execute Installation Energy Security and Sustainability Strategies. To learn more about the Army's Power and Energy efforts defined by Soldier Power, Basing Power and Vehicle Power, visit the resources below.
Quote for the Day
PTSD is a combat injury. Veterans suffering from PTSD deserve the same dignity and respect as our fellow wounded warriors ... the Army and this nation have made enormous strides in treating this injury, removing the stigma and instilling dignity in our recovering veterans. But more work must be done!
- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, in his letter for the attendees supporting the National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Day event at Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., June 22
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