20 April 2010– The Department of Defense has initiated several programs to reach a renewable portfolio standard, according to “Reenergizing America’s Defense,” a report released by the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate. The report describes efforts by the U.S. military, which uses nearly 80 percent of the U.S. government’s energy consumption, to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and cut pollution by enhancing energy efficiency and using clean energy technologies.
All of the armed forces, including the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, are working toward a goal of producing 25 percent of their energy needs from renewable sources by 2025.
Some specific initiatives by the armed services featured in the report are:
— The U.S. Navy is developing a carrier strike group that runs completely on alternative fuels by 2016;
— The U.S. Army is developing a 500 MW solar power generation plant in Fort Irwin, Calif. that will help power the base and reduce its vulnerability to power supply disruptions;
— The U.S. Marine Corps has launched the “10X10” campaign aimed at reducing energy intensity, water consumption and increasing the use of renewable energy.
The Defense Department incurs more than $1.3 billion in additional energy costs for every $10 increase per barrel of oil in the world market price. In addition to vulnerability to price fluctuations, the department’s reliance on fossil fuels also compromises combat effectiveness by restricting mobility on the battlefield, and fuel convoys are targets in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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