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Four years ago, the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DoE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together to enhance national energy security and demonstrate the Federal Government’s leadership in transitioning America towards low carbon economy. Under the 
framework of the MoU, the U.S. Army has successfully collaborated with the DoE’s Advance Manufacturing Office to improve the overall energy efficiency of the Army’s industrial base. 

This coordination leverages the highly specialized capabilities of the DoE national laboratories to conduct industrial assessments for the purpose of identifying energy conservation measures on Army installations, including those operated by the Army Materiel Command (AMC).

The DoE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office funds a program for Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) to visit manufacturing plants, conduct energy assessments and develop site-specific recommendations at no cost. The IACs are comprised of teams of engineering professors and students from 24 universities across the country.

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The IACs recently completed energy assessments at three installations operated by the AMC:Joint Systems Manufacturing Center - Lima, Scranton Army Ammunition Plant and Iowa Army Ammunition Plant. In return, the Army provided funding for the DoE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory industrial 
energy team to take the energy conservation measures identified by the IACs and apply best practices and lessons learned to other AMC industrial sites, including Corpus Christi Army Depot, Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, Holston Army Ammunition Plant and Radford Army Ammunition Plant. 
At the AMC industrial sites alone, over $8 million in annual energy cost reductions were identified, or the equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by approximately 14,000 U.S. homes each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator. 

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