US Army hits $1bn worth of energy savings

US Army

The US Army has become a huge renewable energy provider in recent years, following its string of new utility contracts. Its increased energy efficiency drive has allowed the army to achieve $1 billion in energy savings over the last five years, it was announced last week.

This achievement was worked towards due to President Obama’s 2011 challenge to all federal agencies to hit a total of $4 billion in energy savings, the deadline being the end of this year. Energy performance is measured by a utility or energy service provider undertaking energy saving improvements but also providing energy to a site.

"These contracts are important to the Army," said the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, Katherine Hammack. "Federal agencies like the Army can leverage their utility budgets and take the steps essential to enhancing resiliency, achieving cost savings, and improving operations and maintenance."

According to the US army itself, it upholds the largest energy savings performance contracting scheme in the US federal government, which contains 624 individual projects and over $2.5 billion worth of investment.

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