The U.S. Army’s pivot to energy and water resilience

By District Energy posted 11-05-2018 12:41

  

This article was featured in the Q4 2018 edition of District Energy Magazine.

A shift in policy increases consideration of microgrid, CHP and diverse energy initiatives as mission-sustaining technologies.

3-RedstoneArsenal_DJI_0024_2_copy.jpgEnergy and water are fundamental elements to the readiness and resilience of the U.S. Army. The occurrence of a major power grid outage may be out of the Army’s control, but preparing for a disruption and the aftermath is not. Potential threats to Army energy, water and land resources are growing in scope and complexity at home and abroad. Army energy systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks, progressively sophisticated enemy weapons, and increasingly frequent and severe weather events. The future of Army energy must be focused on energy resilience and security, because the ability to prepare for and recover rapidly from power disruptions is more critical to warfighting readiness than ever.

Author

J.E. “Jack” Surash, PE, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy & Sustainability

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