The U.S. Army announced on August 10 the establishment of the Energy Initiatives Office (EIO) Task Force, which will serve as the central managing office for the development of large-scale renewable energy projects for the Army. The scale of renewable energy production needed by the Army to provide enhanced energy security is estimated to require investment up to $7.1 billion over the next 10 years and is expected to generate 2.1 million megawatt hours of power annually. The Army has a goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. The task force will be operational by September 15.
The EIO Task Force will work within the Army to streamline existing acquisition processes and leverage industry for the execution of large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects on Army installations. Army installations currently are pursuing renewable energy infrastructure but often lack the expertise needed. The newly announced task force will fill this expertise gap and will provide resources aimed at working with the private sector to execute large-scale renewable energy projects.