The U.S. Department of Defense employs over 2.5 million Americans at 4,150 domestic sites. Military bases require energy for a variety of functions at numerous facilities, including hospitals, data centers, and barracks. In 2019 alone, the U.S. military consumed 84 million barrels of oil at a cost of $11 billion. Combined heat and power (CHP) generation systems can significantly lower energy costs for military sites by continuously supplying both electricity and heat. These systems are resilient in the face of unexpected grid outages, capable of keeping the nation’s defense network active.
This fact sheet looks into CHP potential on military bases and the direct benefits that CHP systems can provide.