Isolating Energy Conservation Results in the DoD.
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD
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The DoD has no satisfactory way to assess the results of energy conservation measures. One way to isolate results of conservation is to use energy estimating relationships--linear regression models that express energy consumption in a given time period in terms of variables associated with it. DoD can then describe its conservation progress realistically in reports to Congress and the Department of Energy. Energy managers in the military can locate activities with conservation practices that merit attention and budget energy costs more reliably. Estimating relationships were tested in two case studies. One focuses on energy use by facilities, covering a sample of installations accounting for about 25 percent of all the energy consumed by the Army. The other deals with the use of mobility fuel, analyzing a sample of cargo aircraft which accounts for about 4 percent of all the energy consumed by the Air Force. We recommend that the assistant Secretary of Defense Manpower, Installation and Logistics rely on energy estimating relationships for his reports of conservation performance to the Congress and the Department of Energy. As a first step, he should promulgate the regression methodology and call upon each Military Department to use it in analyzing a major area of energy consumption.
- Administration and Management
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion