The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installation Energy (ODASD (IE)) oversees the Department of Defense (DoD) Installation Energy Programs and progress towards achieving installation energy and water goals. The ODASD (IE) is responsible for issuing installation energy policy and guidance, coordinating the Defense Department’s installation energy strategy, engaging with DoD Components, and coordinating all congressional reports related to installation energy. In addition, ODASD(IE) has oversight of the cyber security of facility related control systems as well as water use conservation at DoD installations.
DoD's Installation Energy Strategy
The DoD operates over 561,000 buildings and structures at over 500 military installations in the United States and overseas. The Department’s inventory is diverse, encompassing barracks, commissaries, data centers, office buildings, laboratories, and aircraft maintenance depots. Installation energy consists largely of traditional energy sources used to heat, cool, and provide electrical power to these buildings. It also includes the fuel used by more than 160,000 non-tactical vehicles housed at DoD installations. The Department spends approximately $4 billion a year on energy that powers its fixed installations. Moreover, these bases are largely dependent on a commercial power grid that is vulnerable to disruption from aging infrastructure, weather-related events and direct attack.
DoD’s installation energy strategy is designed to reduce energy costs and improve the energy resilience of our fixed installations. This includes:
- Reducing the demand for traditional energy through conservation and energy efficiency
- Expanding the supply of renewable energy and other forms of distributed (on-site) energy
- Improving the energy resilience of our installations directly
- Leveraging advanced technology for energy resource efficiencies and increased security Advancing control systems cybersecurity capabilities, tools, knowledge and skills
This strategy supports the Department’s strategic goals and the Nation’s energy security goals. Successful implementation of this strategy will improve energy performance at DoD installations and ultimately lower energy and water costs, reduce the Department’s reliance on fossil fuels, stimulate energy technology innovation in the private sector, improve energy resilience of our military bases and ensure the cyber security of facility related control systems.