Feature: Installation Energy Security, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Installation Energy Security, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The Army is working to improve our energy security posture on fixed instal¬lations and in our operations. The ability to produce, store, dispense and manage our own energy, with reduced reliance on outside sources, will greatly enhance mission effectiveness.

The supply of energy, water and other resources is limited, and managing them is growing in scope and complexity. Improved energy security requires reducing demand to the lowest levels possible to achieve mission accomplishment, finding alterna¬tive sources to meet remaining require¬ment, and managing what we use with a Net Zero approach.

Since 2003, the Army has done a great job of reducing total energy consumption by 14 percent, while experiencing nearly a 20 percent increase in assigned Soldiers and Civilians. The Army is the leader in the federal government in using special contracting authorities, Energy Savings Performance Contracts and Utility Energy Service Contracts, where private companies and servicing utilities provide initial private capital investments to execute efficiency projects that are repaid from realized energy savings. The Army also has made significant progress toward reducing petroleum usage in our Non-Tactical Vehicle (NTV) fleet by more than 20 percent in FY2012. We anticipate exceeding the mandated fossil fuel reduction of 30 percent during FY2013, seven years prior to the mandated end date by reducing the size of the NTV fleet to mission essential and transitioning portions to alternative and hybrid fuel vehicles.

To improve energy security, enhance energy surety and comply with the Congressionally-directed goal of having 25 percent of Army’s energy coming from renewable sources by 2025, the Army announced a goal to deploy 1-GW of renewable energy generation capacity by 2025. In FY2012, we executed contracts for delivery of 16.3-MW of additional renew¬able energy capacity, more than any prior year. These initiatives, along with those being developed by the Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) under the auspices of ASA (IE&E), will improve Army renewable energy capacity. To date, EITF has screened more than 180 Active Army, Reserve and National Guard installations to identify sites that have the best potential for renew¬able energy development. The Army has adopted a Net Zero integrated approach to managing energy, water and waste at all installations. Operating with the Net Zero philosophy, installations will move closer to consuming only as much energy as they produce; returning freshwater resources back to the same watershed of that region; and reducing and eliminating solid waste to landfills.