Energy resilience enables Army readiness and is a key enabler and force multiplier for a ready and resilient Army. Energy resilience enables the Army to anticipate, prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to and recover rapidly from disruptions in the availability of energy, land and water resources per the Army Energy Security and Sustainability Strategy.
The Office of the DASA (E&S), the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other organizations, work with public and private entities to promote energy security and resilience projects on or near Army installations.
In fiscal year 2016, the Army spent more than $1.1 billion on energy at its installations. Since 2003, the Army has reduced energy consumption by 25 percent; however, costs have increased by 35 percent.
The Army published the Army Directive 2017-07, Installation Energy and Water Security Policy, that established the requirement that the Army prioritize energy and water security to ensure available, and quality power and water to sustain critical missions for a minimum of 14 days.
The Army has awarded a total of $2.7 billion in energy savings and performance contracts and utility energy service contracts. These contracts include third-party financing and reduce energy, water and operating costs, address maintenance backlogs, and repair or replace aged and failing equipment with modern, more reliable and resilient equipment.
Using private sector funding, the Army has implemented nine large-scale renewable energy projects that are on-line and producing more than 250 megawatts of renewable energy. Two additional projects, totaling more than 60 MW, are in construction. These 11 projects have attracted approximately $627 million in private capital to the Army.
To support the energy and water security directive, the Army is assessing energy and water security risks at all installations to prioritize actions to mitigate these risks. The Army is reviewing programming resources to address gaps in critical energy and water security requirements. Commands at all levels are prioritizing energy and water security.
The Army will continue to improve assured access to energy and water by implementing policies and projects that add reliable, diverse and redundant energy and water sources across installations.
Energy security and resilience contributes directly to warfighting readiness. Secure and reliable access to energy, water, and land resources is vital for the Army to perform its mission and support global operations. Energy and water supply shortfalls and distribution failures, whether caused by acts of man or acts of nature, remain a strategic vulnerability.