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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Ft. Carson on the Way to Becoming ‘Net Zero’ Energy User

  • February 5, 2012
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Fort Carson, one of two Army posts striving to achieve net zero status in energy, water and waste generation, is on track to being off the grid by 2020, Army officials said last week.

Fort Carson is “an example of how to do it right,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said from Colorado, reported the Army News Service.

The installation has taken advantage of energy-efficient construction and investments in solar energy. As a result, Carson has trimmed its energy intensity — energy use per square foot — by 13 percent since 2003. The post has recorded similar success in water conservation, cutting use by 47 percent since 2002.

The 17 pilot installations participating in the Army’s Net Zero initiative in energy, water or waster generation are aiming to reach net zero status by 2020. The Army will select 25 additional installations for each of the three net zero areas in 2014, according to the story.

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