Department of Defense to Make Total-Energy Usage 25% Renewable by 2025

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By Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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The Department of Defense (DoD) plans on making significant investments in renewable energy sources, according to a report released by the Clean Energy Pipeline. Over the course of the next decade, the DoD intends to draw a quarter of its total energy usage from renewable sources, by 2025.

Clean Energy Pipeline, an independent-online publisher centered on clean-energy technologies and businesses, remarks that every branch of the DoD is committed to this significant investment in renewable technology. The Army began contracting different organizations to help facilitate this change in energy consumption habits, through multiple financial awards based on project-specific contracts known as “task orders.”

This move towards renewable technology for the DoD is based far more on utilitarian goals than environmental or humanitarian reasons. Renewable technology allows for an on-site production of energy, where as fossil fuels require infrastructural investments and remote power plants, which  are unreliable due to risks of cyber attacks and natural disasters. Cost is also reduced because of the long-term nature of many of these contracts, which helps to hedge against price volatility in the energy marketplace.

The DoD is the largest single energy consumer in the world, with an annual energy budget of $20 billion. Therefore, its decision regarding renewable energy is landmark in terms of comprehensiveness, cost, and broader implications. The DoD’s decision to shift its consumption habits may or may not mark whether or not other federal agencies will follow suit, but it is definitely a positive direction for the future of renewable energy investment.

The full report can be read here

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