Integration of Operational Energy into Training and Education

Energy efficient technologies have the potential to significantly reduce the public energy consumption while maintaining or enhancing sustainability and mission effectiveness. The Services have made significant investments in alternative energy and energy efficient technologies to reduce their demand for fossil fuels. American industry is partnering with the Services to better understand their needs and develop innovative technologies to address these energy challenges and the similarities facing public good. However, technologies must be paired with operating procedures and users must understand the value of energy efficiency to ensure that they are successfully adopted and that their full benefits are realized.

Without specific requirements that showcase the importance of operational energy (OE) to the mission and prioritize the need to account for OE in operational and mission planning, individual components will struggle to successfully incorporate OE into training and education. The aim of this project is to develop a focused process and the enduring requirements, policy, content, and supporting resource projections needed to integrate OE into existing training and education curriculums. Having an energy-informed workforce will enable new technologies to be effectively transitioned and incorporated into the fleet, providing benefits not only to the Navy and Marine Corps, but to energy industry technology developers.
Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact Marc Sharp, within 90 days of this project announcement. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).