Kansas City District embraces sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives – nwk.usace.army.mil

by | Jul 1, 2022 | Energy

The Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed several solar field projects that greatly contribute to the sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives at the Wilson Lake Project that help to protect, sustain, and improve the natural and man-made environment completed over the last two years.

The district strives to emulate USACE’s National Sustainability Plan which serves as the roadmap to mitigate climate change, reduce waste, decrease costs, and enhance resilience of our infrastructure and operations. Focus areas include facility energy efficiency; renewable energy; water efficiency; transportation/fleet management (with the goal to increase electric vehicles); sustainable acquisition/procurement; and greenhouse gas emission reductions in support of reducing the impacts of climate change.

The Wilson Lake Project is in a remote area of Kansas in Russell and Lincoln counties surrounded by a vast area of farmland creating many competing interests for electricity resources. Increased demand for energy during the peak months in the summer drives up the cost of each kilowatt hour used by all the energy users including USACE parks.

High energy costs spurred the team at the project to investigate other energy options and alternatives that would help mitigate the rising costs of operations at the project. The team worked with the Northwestern Division and created the …

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