Army planning several major energy initiatives 


Jerry Hansen, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for strategic infrastructure, outlined a handful of major Army energy initiatives.

  • Electric/hybrid vehicles. 502 hybrid vehicles have been ordered, as well as 400 low-speed electric vehicles.
  • Construction of a 30 megawatt geothermal power plant at Hawthorne Army Depot, Nev. This would benefit not only Hawthorne but also the local area. Develop 500 megawatt solar thermal energy plant at Fort Irwin, Calif. A public/private partnership, this would provide a $20.8 cost reduction over 25 years. The partnership means the developer as well as the whole region will benefit. While the facility won’t be completed until 2022, stages will come online progressively until that time.
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum fire station at Fort Bragg, N.C. This will be the first LEED facility in the federal government and provide a reduction of 45 percent energy and 83 percent water consumption, as well as improving air quality and reducing environmental impact.
  • LEED Gold brigade combat team headquarters at Fort Carson, Colo. This facility will be constructed to maximize daylight, and it’s projected to decrease energy use by 31 percent and water use by 56 percent.
  • Net Zero at Fort Bliss, Texas. The goal is to produce as much energy on site that is consumed. Water ranging from 170 to 190 degrees was also discovered underground, and officials hope to exploit that for geothermal heating.
 Solar power
The Army signed a memorandum of agreement Oct. 15 for an enhanced-use lease to begin development of a 500-megawatt solar power facility at Fort Irwin, Calif., similar to this solar power facility at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This is one of several major energy initiatives that are planned throughout the Army.
  • Fort Knox, Ky. The post has a number of energy projects under way including ground-coupled heat pumps, which alleviates use of natural gas as well as reducing costs and emissions. Renewable methane gas is also being collected from wells on post to provide another energy source.