Sustainable Fort Rucker
Sustainable Fort Rucker
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MISSION: In order to sustain the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker's training, readiness, and quality of life needs, we will provide the guidance, actions, and customer assistance necessary to comply with all environmental laws and regulations, prevent pollution where possible, protect and conserve vital natural resources, and continually improve our operations.

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The Fort Rucker DPW Utilities Branch is leading the installation toward achieving energy and water conservation goals.  Current initiatives have resulted in substantial savings and progress toward meeting the measures of merit defined by the Army and applicable Executive Orders. Fort Rucker will continue to implement current practices, to research and establish other “best practices,” and to initiate new projects that will help reduce energy costs and water usages on the installation.  Examples of projects and successes include:   

  • Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) Projects to reduce utility costs and meet energy consumption goals.  Examples include the installation of a central chilled water loop, chiller plant modernization, direct digital control systems for heating and cooling systems, and heat recovery chillers.
  • Hatch Stagefield photovoltaic array supplies excess power over their needs and allows Fort Rucker to sell power back to Alabama Power at their avoided cost.  The project has taken Hatch to Net Zero for electricity.
  • Alabama Power completed the installation of 90 acre Photovoltaic array with a rated capacity of 10.6 Megawatts.
  • Exterior LED lighting across post.
  • Fort Rucker used 115.79 MMBTU/KSF of electricity in FY 2003 compared 87.51 MMBTU/KSF in FY16, a 25% reduction.
  • Water intensity has had a steady reduction over the last several years as the graph below shows.

New projects to conserve our resources and taxpayer dollars, are constantly being researched and developed for return on investment. More efficient use of electricity and water will provide continuous benefits for the Army and all Americans. Please conserve.

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