It is well documented that all three services are making demonstrable progress throttling down their energy use at their fixed installations. What's been less apparent, but is starting to emerge, are effective fuel savings strategies in the operational DOD, to include platforms (planes, ships, ground vehicles) and Forward Operating Bases (FOBs).
Here's a update on progress the Navy is making in op energy:
With more participation across the fleet, the Navy has seen record savings over the past year: In fiscal 2008, the Navy saved $136 million in energy costs, or about 1.1 million barrels of fuel, and it’s on track to beat that in fiscal 2009; in the first quarter alone, the Navy saved $48 million. Participation has gone from 25 ships two years ago to 70 ships for fiscal ’09, according to Naval Sea Systems Command. For fiscal 2008, the command paid out a total of $2 million to efficient ships. The destroyer Porter, based in Norfolk, Va., received $34,000 as the fourth-place ship of among Atlantic Fleet’s five winners.
One Commanding Officer's perspective on how he's getting it done, is here. Good stuff.