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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Energy Savings to be Realized as a Result of BRAC

  • July 24, 2011
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The Army should realize substantial energy cost savings as a result of BRAC, said Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability.

Unlike the Navy and Air Force, which consume much more liquid fuel, the Army is the largest consumer of facility energy, not only within the Defense Department, but within the entire federal government.

With a reshaping of its infrastructure by consolidating schools, bases, and headquarters into more energy-efficient buildings due to BRAC, combined with the new Net Zero initiative, the Army hopes to realize cost savings and reduce its energy footprint.

A net zero installation is one that produces as much of a particular resource as it uses, such as energy, over the course of a year. The pilot net zero energy installations are: Fort Detrick, Md.; Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.; Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands; Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, Calif.; Sierra Army Depot, Calif.; and West Point, N.Y.  There are also net zero installations for water and waste.

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