National Defense and Clean Energy (Applications and Implementation)
Hull, Christine Gettys
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The Department of Defense makes up 80 percent of the federal government's energy use, and 1 percent of the nation as a whole. The Department spent $15 billion on energy last year, 75 percent of which was for military operations. In addition, DOD's gasoline costs are up 225 percent from a decade ago. (DOD press release, June 14, 2011) Given this backdrop, the Department of Defense and its service branches are actively engaged in energy innovation and the deployment of various clean energy solutions to respond to existing and foreseeable risks of growing oil price volatility, and the impact of fuel dependence and logistics on operational effectiveness. In addition, the services are considering alternative sources of energy and fuel, energy efficiency programs and "smart" energy technologies such as microgrids, to provide DOD installations with cost effective, stable, and indigenous forms of energy and power.