The Department of Defense has described the U.S. military as the world's largest user of petroleum products, spending roughly $13 billion a year. Luckily, it seems the military's branches are starting to get serious about cutting back.
The Navy has announced that their Energy Conservation Program (i-ENCON) that encourages ships to save fuel wherever possible has resulted in a $79 million savings in the first and second quarters of fiscal 2009.
The Navy burned 14.83 percent less fuel than the average burn rate, which translates in 682,000 fewer barrels of fuel. The voluntary incentive program that gave cash rewards up to $67,000 to ships for improving their fuel efficiency is the likely cause of the significant improvement.
At the end of December, the Navy also announced a 12 percent decline in total energy consumption for 2008 through renewable energy measures at several of its bases. Solar PV, wind, geothermal and ocean thermal energy projects were installed at many bases, mainly in California.
The entire military is looking to reduce fuel costs through buying thousands of electric vehicles for on-base transport. The new fleets are expected to save 11.5 million gallons of gas per year.
written by Alex, May 23, 2009
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