Siemens Industry, Inc. has teamed with aerospace company Boeing to form a strategic alliance for the joint development and marketing of smart grid technologies to improve energy access and security for the U.S. Department of Defense, the largest energy consumer in the federal government.
The collaboration aims to provide U.S. military installations with secure microgrid management services that lower operational costs and increase energy efficiency. The DOD has sought to reduce energy consumption, pledging to cut energy use and intensity by 30% by 2015 and provide 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The DOD Energy Security Act of 2011 reports that the DOD spends $20 billion on 135 million barrels of fuel and 30 million megawatt-hours of electricity a year.
The alliance will also involve a microgrid management solution will be designed to implement economical energy-efficiency tools that allow for analysis, control and automation of energy processes, use smart energy controls to provide real-time data to manage energy use and integrate renewable energy sources and storage. Boeing insists microgrids will make it more reliable to manage, distribute, measure, utilize and conserve electricity use in addition to allowing the U.S. to achieve energy independence.