Department of Defense (DOD) Installation Energy
DOD installation energy is the energy used to heat and cool buildings, provide electricity, and power non-tactical vehicles. There are several important energy goals for DOD bases including:
Recent legislation requires that all military branches include in every installation’s master plan, an examination of energy and climate resilience while ensuring mission-critical operations. While individual military bases have been installing microgrids and preparing for storms and floods on a case-by-case basis for years now, the new law requires every military base to take steps to protect against these disasters as part of its master plan.
The U.S. military is already the country’s leader in microgrid development, accounting for roughly one-third of U.S. capacity expected through 2020. The assistant secretaries for the Army, Navy and Air Force have made the case for continuing investments in military energy security — including the potential to replace thousands of backup diesel generators now at bases with more efficient and cleaner-fueled microgrids. The military is also expanding base microgrids to surrounding communities to power critical infrastructure such as hospitals and evacuation centers.
The Army, Navy and Air Force each have their own offices dedicated to energy. Each of these are described below with links to the offices.
Army: The Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI), under the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, is the Army’s office for the development of large-scale, energy projects focused on enhancing energy resilience on Army installations.
Navy: The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Energy Office oversees the Navy energy policy for operational and shore initiatives under the Secretary of Navy.
Air Force: The Air Force Office of Energy Assurance is the single point for all installation energy requirements and the office ensures that projects align with the Air Force Energy Flight Plan goals of improving resilience, optimizing demand, and ensuring supply.
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