Army seeks energy independence

The Army established a new task force to develop large-scale renewable energy products to deal with energy security problems, rising fuel prices and federal mandates.

At the GovEnergy Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, Army Secretary John McHugh announced the Energy Initiatives Office Task Force will serve as the central managing office for renewable energy projects. The task force will seek strategic and financial collaboration from industry to reach the Army's goal of using 25 percent renewable energy by 2025.

The Army estimates it will spend $7.1 billion during the next 10 years to generate 2.1 million megawatt hours of power annually. The task force will be operational by Sept. 15.

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Reader comments

Wed, Sep 7, 2011 Carey Pritchett

Why is this not a DOD Task Force? All the services have the same issues/ needs. This should not be limited to Fixed Installations but also come up with deployable power solutions.

Fri, Aug 12, 2011

Reliable and alternative fuel sources are separate. To which mandates are you speaking?

Fri, Aug 12, 2011


Fri, Aug 12, 2011

Federal mandates are the major problem. We have plenty of reliable fuel sources available in this country, but the Feds are blocking access. Some of these mandates for requiring certain types of energy sources actually drive up energy cost overall as well as for that type of energy source. Cut the mandates and innovative people will come up with answers that are cost effective.

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