The Army’s effort to conserve resources is critical if its installations are to become self-sufficient, a primary driver of the service’s pilot net zero energy installation initiative.
“Right now we have miles of vulnerable electricity girds. They are vulnerable to acts of nature and acts of man. If there is something that goes on off of the installation, we still need to be able to function,” Kathleen Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and the environment, said during a recent visit to Fort Leonard Wood.
The central Missouri post is not one of the Army’s pilot net zero installations, but it is striving to help the Army meet its goal of having 25 net zero posts by 2030. Fort Leonard Wood is focusing on consuming only as much energy and water as it produces.
Hammack got a first-hand look at the energy-saving technologies the installation is testing, including a forward operating base that is using solar and wind energy. Officials are particularly interested in finding better ways of storing energy from alternative sources, the post’s Guidon newspaper reported.