29 Sep '11, 3pm

Will the Military Be the Bridge to the U.S. Renewable Energy Future?

Will the Military Be the Bridge to the U.S. Renewable Energy Future?

With Congress likely to cut federal spending on renewable energy and private funds still awaiting more market certainty, renewables might run out of support -- but for a surprising benefactor, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). As detailed in the newly released From Barracks to the Battlefield: Clean Energy Innovation and America’s Armed Forces report from the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Project on National Security, Energy and Climate, DoD spending for renewables and efficiency went from $400 million in 2006 to $1.2 billion in 2009, a jump of 300 percent. The DoD is the biggest institutional energy consumer in the world. It takes 22 gallons of fuel to support each soldier each day in Iraq and Afghanistan and fuel shipments account for 80 percent of all supply convoys. One in 46 convoys suffered a casualty in 2010, leaving some 3,000 wounded or dead. Because military leaders...

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