Renewable Energy - The Army's New Mission

Renewable Energy- The Army’s New Mission

The U.S. Department of Defense consumes an average of 1,100 trillion Btu worth of energy annually, making the Department of Defense the single largest consumer of energy worldwide. While this may seem an excessive volume, the Department of Defense only accounts for 2% of the nation’s overall energy consumption.

As a result of the cost and environmental consequences of the United States’ oil consumption, the U.S. Army has announced a new strategy to combat energy consumption in both the military and private sector. The Army’s Energy Initiative Task Force, which was formed in August 2011 to help solve challenges associated with rising fuel costs, is partnering with private industries in the United States to create up to $7 billion in renewable-energy resources. The army is currently accepting bids for wind, solar, geothermal and biomass energy projects from the private sector.

“The Energy Initiative Task Force will help the army build resilience through renewable energy while streamlining our business practices so developers can invest in and build an economically valuable, large-scale renewable energy infrastructure” said John McHugh, Secretary of the Army. For McHugh, the Army’s interaction with the private sector on energy creation would be a “win-win situation”— the Army has a new energy resource and the developer has a guaranteed customer.

Other branches of the military are also reducing oil dependence by choosing alternative forms of energy, as discussed in the Department of Defense’s “Operational Energy Strategy”. Currently, U.S. Forces in Afghanistan are constructing solar powered Afghan National Army outposts. By 2025, the Marines aim to slice their battlefield fuel demand in half through the use of solar-powered equipment.

By developing and successfully utilizing alternative energy sources, such as wind, hydroelectric, and solar energy, the Department of Defense hopes to lead the nation in reducing reliance on fossil fuels and stimulating private sector innovation.

Are alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar, gaining momentum in your area? How have alternative energy sources impacted your business?

– Ron Burchfield


  1. Judy Rowe

    Thank you for posting this information. It pleases me to learn our armed forces are striving to reduce oil dependence and promote good stewardship.

  2. As an aftereffect of the expense and ecological outcomes of the United States’ oil utilization, the U.S. Armed force has declared another system to battle vitality utilization in both the military and private division. The Army’s Energy Initiative Task Force, which was shaped in August 2011 to comprehend challenges connected with rising fuel expenses, is banding together with private commercial ventures in the United States to make up to $7 billion in renewable-vitality assets. The armed force is as of now tolerating offers for wind, sunlight based, geothermal and biomass vitality ventures from the private part.

    “The Energy Initiative Task Force will help the armed force manufacture strength through renewable vitality while streamlining our business hones so designers can put resources into and fabricate a monetarily profitable, vast scale renewable vitality base” said John McHugh, Secretary of the Army. For McHugh, the Army’s association with the private division on vitality creation would be a “win-win circumstance”— the Army has another vitality asset and the designer has an ensured client.

  3. Renewable energy is the only source by which our earth can use the best things, which will not harm the environment. Thank you so much for providing such a great article.

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