Pew Study: Department of Defense Accelerates Clean Energy Innovation to Save Lives, Money 

From Alaska Dispatch: WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is accelerating clean energy innovations in an effort to reduce risks to America’s military, enhance energy security and save money, according to a report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. “From Barracks to the Battlefield: Clean Energy Innovation and America’s Armed Forces” finds that DoD clean energy investments increased 300 percent between 2006 and 2009, from $400 million to $1.2 billion, and are projected to eclipse $10 billion annually by 2030.

“As one of the largest energy consumers in the world, the Department of Defense has the ability to help shape America’s energy future,” said Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Clean Energy Program. “DoD’s efforts to harness clean energy will save lives, save money and enhance the nation’s energy and economic future. Their work is also helping to spur the growth of the clean energy economy.”

The department’s priorities for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources have been driven by recent experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, where fuel shipments account for 80 percent of all supply convoys. As many as one in 46 convoys suffered a casualty in fiscal 2010. The report finds that DoD’s major energy challenges include risks associated with transporting liquid fuels to the battlefield, growing oil price volatility, the impact of fuel dependence on operational effectiveness, the fragility of energy supplies and compliance with energy policies set by Congress and Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

“For the Department of the Navy to meet the challenges we face in the 21st century, we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil and find ways to use energy more efficiently,” said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. “We must ensure that we remain the most formidable expeditionary force in the world, even in these challenging economic times.  We can do that in part by changing the way we use, acquire and produce energy. Before the end of the decade, our programs to develop and use alternative sources of energy, on shore and at sea, will pay for themselves.  We will save the department money, but more importantly, these energy initiatives will make us better war fighters and will saves lives.” Read more

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