GENERAL. The primary energy goal for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is supporting the DOD’s mission. Energy is critical in all military operations both at installations (installation energy) and operationally (operational energy). Installation energy includes energy needed for powering military installations such as buildings and non-tactical vehicles. Operational energy, on the other hand, is the energy needed for training, moving, and sustaining military forces and weapons and the energy used by tactical power systems.
Within the federal government, DOD is the largest energy-consuming entity. Installation energy in fact represents 80 percent of all federal energy consumption. DOD has 500 installations worldwide, including 30,0000 buildings, which account for 30 percent of the total DOD energy use. Therefore, it is critical for DOD to reduce energy demand through efficiency programs on its installations. Examples include lighting retrofits, high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and energy management systems. DOD also aims to improve base resilience in the event of energy disruption such as a blackout. Military bases across the country are using a combination of renewables and energy storage to increase energy security and resilience.
President Trump has developed an “America First Energy Plan”, designed to expand fossil fuel production (even on federal lands), reduce federal support for programs that aim to combat climate change, and aim for energy dominance to the point that the U.S. is an net energy exporter. President Trump has opened energy infrastructure including the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Keystone KL Pipeline, and the New Burgos Pipeline and expedited permitting of Liquefied Natural Gas terminals.
For the near future, the DOD is focused on petroleum-based products since most of the military runs on fossil fuels. But the military will also invest in renewable energy under President Trump because they see a link between clean energy and resilience. To that end, the military will increase its use of renewable energy for energy assurance and reliability.
North Carolina has capacity in renewable energy and energy conservation and both represent an important opportunity for businesses to engage in the federal marketplace. The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) will assist businesses successfully engage in these markets and grow jobs through energy-related federal opportunities.
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