by Brent Sauser
Feature Writer: Gary Feuerberg
Epoch Times Staff
March 12, 2013
In 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.
The 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
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.
Ultimately, the push to go Net Zero is not only a cost and 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.