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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:

  • Reducing energy use through energy efficiency efforts;
  • Expanding on-site energy for mission assurance;
  • Improving the ability to recover from energy disruptions of military installations through energy grid and storage resilience;
  • Using advanced energy technology for energy efficiencies; and,
  • Improving the cybersecurity of control systems.

2019’s National Defense Authorization Act 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. These requirements have recently been reinforced by President Biden’s Executive Order 14008, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” and DOD’s new Climate Adaptation Plan. The mandate and subsequent initiatives require incorporating the security implications of climate change into analyses for military strategy, planning, and programming.

The U.S. military was an early leader in U.S. microgrid capacity and continues to work toward efficiency and resiliency.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 Airforce have mandated that their installations be able to independently sustain critical missions for a minimum of seven to 14 days. Each of the five military branches have their own office dedicated to energy. Each of these are described below with links to the offices.

ArmyThe 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.

Marine Corps: The Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O) was created to “analyze, develop, and direct the Marine Corps’ energy strategy in order to optimize expeditionary capabilities across all warfighting functions.” E2O strategy deals in communicating the Commandant of the Marine Corps’s vision, mission, goals, and objectives for both installation and expeditionary energy.

Coast Guard: The Office of Energy Management (CG-46) is the authority on all Coast Guard energy management requirements, both onshore and on the water.

NCMBC Key Information

  • NCMBC-assisted firms won 4,272 contracts – minimum value at $16.74 billion – from the NCMBC’s opening in 2005 through December 2021
  • FY2020: Federal agencies awarded $9.5 billion in prime contracts to companies in 97 of 100 North Carolina counties
  • FY2020: Department of Defense awarded $6.1 billion in prime contracts to companies in 83 of 100 North Carolina counties
  • NCMBC’s return on State investment: 33:1







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