US military is amping up its use of clean energy technology across America
- 21 January 2014
NEW YORK: The US military is amping up its use of clean energy technology across the country, a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts shows.
The new report, entitled Power Surge, analyzes how the US Department of Defense is harnessing innovative financing and its private sector capabilities to secure advanced energy systems that save the military money.
From fiscal years 2010-2012, the number of energy saving and efficiency projects at military locations more than doubled to 1,339 and the total number of renewable energy projects increased from 454 to 700.
According to Pew's research partner for the report, Navigant, the Pentagon boasted 384 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity by the middle of 2013, and by the end of 2018, capacity could grow fivefold to 2.1 gigawatts. This total would mean that the miltary could meet its goal of 3 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2025.
Phyllis Cuttino, who directs Pew’s project on national security, energy, and climate, said in a statement: “The military’s clean energy installation initiatives are gathering momentum, enhancing base energy security. These improvements are possible even as the Pentagon’s budget is shrinking because the armed services are harnessing private-sector expertise and resources. This is a win-win-win proposition: The military gets better energy infrastructure, taxpayer dollars are saved, and the clean energy industry is finding new market opportunities.”
John Warner, a former US senator and secretary of the Navy and senior adviser of the project, said, “The Department of Defense has a long history of embracing energy challenges and has been at the forefront of innovation. And so it is today that we find America’s armed forces in the midst of the transition to renewable power and efficiency technologies that help ensure a stable, diversified, and continuous supply of electricity. I commend the men and women of the armed forces who are making these changes possible with their spirit of ingenuity and commitment.”