Colonel Peter Newell states, “At the tactical edge, we don’t look at energy efficiency in terms of saving gallons, we count it in lives saved. That’s really what we focus on.” In the third installment of her series on the military’s use of green technology and renewable energy, Amy Westervelt addresses why the military is so focused on energy efficiency.
Westervelt highlights the crucial connection that energy efficiency has to the military’s greater mission of, “protecting Americans home and abroad.” For those involved in the military’s energy programs, the goal of improving current energy practices and creating new technologies is seen as a, “strategic and operational necessity.”
The military has employed a number of resources in advancing its energy efficiency. In-house programs such as the Project Manager Mobile Electric Power and the Marine Corps Energy Office have worked together in finding products and technologies used for initiatives such as the Army’s Energy to the Tactical Edge. This effort has been aided at home by private sector involvement as well. The Net Zero program has received significant private sector support in its efforts to make military bases self-sustaining.