The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is the nation’s largest energy consumer, and EEI recognizes the importance of strategic collaboration and electric company partnerships to meet its evolving energy needs. Our member companies serve over 280 military installations nationwide and understand the importance of what those installations mean to their local communities and our nation’s security and well-being.

Trusted Energy Partnerships

Long-Standing Partnerships Provide an Energy Resilient and Secure Future

Recognizing that the DoD relies on commercial power to perform its important missions within the U.S., and that the homeland U.S. is no longer a safe sanctuary; EEI members are uniquely qualified to collaborate with the military by enhancing energy resiliency and reliability with “inside the fence” solutions.

Electric companies have a long, successful history of working together with the federal government and military on energy resiliency solutions. As new threats and vulnerabilities to infrastructure emerge, it is critical for the DoD and federal government to strengthen their relationships with their electric companies to resolve challenges inside and outside of their control. Key benefits of closely collaborating with electric companies:

  • Long-standing, trusted relationships with our military customers.
  • Expertise in identifying and address energy reliability and resiliency challenges. Energy resiliency is in our DNA.
  • Line-of-sight of surrounding supply infrastructure: thorough knowledge of electric systems that serve installations.
  • Financial tools and authorizations that enables electric companies to fund comprehensive, holistic energy resiliency solutions.
Department of Defense map of installations

One-Stop Shop - Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC)

Authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 1992, P.L. 102-486 (codified as 42 U.S.C. 8256), a Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) is a contract between a federal installation and a utility to undertake energy and water efficiency and renewable energy projects. The improvements made by the utility are paid for by the installation out of its cost savings. This allows agencies to implement energy improvements with no initial capital investment. The agency can save time and money by using this “one-stop-shop”. These partnerships will be even more important in the future as energy security concerns increase and federal budgets decrease. DoD installations can and should take advantage of these programs if their local utility offers them.

Staff Contacts

  • Steve Kiesner
    Senior Director, National Customer Solutions
  • Alexandra Young
    Senior Manager, Department of Defense and Federal Customer Solutions