Targeting Net Zero Energy at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar: Assessment and Recommendations

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest energy consumer in the U.S. government. Present energy use impacts DoD global operations by constraining freedom of action and self-sufficiency, demanding enormous economic resources, and putting many lives at risk in logistics support for deployed environments. There are many opportunities for DoD to more effectively meet energy requirementsthrough a combination of human actions, energy efficiency technologies, and renewable energy resources. In 2008, a joint initiative was formed between DoD and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to address military energy use. This initiative created a task force comprised of representatives from each branch of the military, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Federal EnergyManagement Program (FEMP), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to examine the potential for ultra high efficiency military installations. This report presents an assessment of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, selected by the task force as the initial prototype installation based on its strong history of energy advocacy and extensive track record of successful energyprojects.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages166
StatePublished - 2010

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-47991


  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • DOE
  • energy efficiency technology
  • energy self-sufficiency
  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
  • MCAS
  • military energy use
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • net zero energy analysis
  • NREL
  • renewable energy resources
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • ultra-high efficiency military installations


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