Defining the opportunities for the expanded use of renewable energy in support of national defense
As the single largest consumer of energy in the U.S., the Department of Defense (DoD) has embarked on an ambitious program of expanded renewable energy generation on bases and in the field, with a goal of producing 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025 and deploying a minimum of 3 GW of renewable energy on or near military installations. Admirals and generals championing the benefits of renewable energy can change public perception and the national discourse about the industry as a solution to military’s mission and national security.
DoD currently spends about $3.8 billion annually to power, heat, and cool its nearly 300,000 buildings, and increased use of renewable energy will result in billions of dollars of DoD and private-sector investment in solar, wind, biomass, waste energy, hydro, and other renewable energy technologies over the next decade. Success in delivering the 3 GW and other DoD energy objectives could also result in greater business opportunities for renewable energy and advanced technologies, such as microgrids, going forward.
ACORE is uniquely positioned to help DoD achieve its energy goals by drawing on the collective expertise and experience of its membership: renewable energy leaders involved in manufacturing, project development, finance, end‐use, and professional services.
Through its National Defense & Security Initiative, ACORE has partnered with DoD to help smooth the transaction space for military renewable energy procurement and increase sales in support of the military’s mission. The initiative convenes industry and DoD stakeholders and develops industry-led and customer-advantaged solutions to: modify contracting strategies to leverage private-sector capital and increase deployment, align public and private sector practices to enhance cost-competitive deal flow, and demonstrate the value of renewable energy for national defense and energy security interests.
ACORE has established an Advisory Committee to support this collaboration through focused activities, including: market, technology, procurement and policy analysis; invitation-only meetings and conferences; monthly conference calls; and communications. Through these activities, ACORE and its members are engaging collectively to bring to bear the experience, expertise and perspective of the industry to assist the military in meeting its energy, policy, budget and other goals.
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