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EIA Study: DoD’s Energy Consumption Hits Lowest Level in 38 Years

PentagonA U.S. Energy Information Administration report says the Defense Department‘s operational and installation energy usage reached a 38-year low in fiscal 2013.

DoD’s share of the overall federal energy use decreased from 87 percent in FY 1975 to 78 percent by FY 2013, EIA said Thursday.

A decline in power consumption at DoD installations globally was attributed to the U.S. military drawdown from the Middle East and several energy efficiency initiatives, the report states.

The agency implemented programs to meet the Energy Independence and Security Act‘s goals of reducing energy intensity in federal buildings and utilization of petroleum for noncombat vehicles.

DoD also invested in power generation systems in areas where soldiers operate instead of transporting fuel over long distances, according to EIA.

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