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Army Creates Net Zero Pilot Programs

by Brent Sauser

Feature Writer:  Gary Feuerberg

Epoch Times Staff

March 12, 2013


american-flag-red-starsIn an effort to demonstrate its level of commitment to Green Building the Army has selected 17 installations with the goal of establishing Net Zero installations by 2020.  Doing so will help to conserve energy, water, and reduce waste through recycling, etc., with the principle objective to produce as much energy as they consume over the course of 12 month cycle.  The primary focus of attention are bases in the United States, South Korea, and Germany encompassing close to one million square feet of building space.

clipart 23The U.S Army is the largest energy user in the U.S. with a $1.3 billion yearly utility bill.  The Army spent $3.6 billion in liquid  fuel in 2012, which opens the door wide for introducing renewable energy as an alternative.  A 2011 chart indicated 70% of the energy Save Energy 1
used was electric grid and the rest was propane and natural gas.  The goal is to reduce energy usage by half.  By 2020 participating installations will have transferred from the utility grid and use of propane and natural gas, in favor of alternative, renewable, energy options such as biomass, wind, geothermal, PV solar, and solar hot water, etc.

green building 1Partnering with the Army in this effort to go Net Zero is the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, and in some cases the local communities.

Ultimately, the push to go Net Zero is not only a cost andWe can do it environmental benefit to the Army, but one that enhances mission effectiveness.  We have a lot of work to do in order to meet the 2020 Net Zero deadline.  Let’s get started.

For further information regarding the Army’s march to Net Zero, please CLICK HERE.

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