Defining the opportunities for the expanded use of renewable energy in support of national defense
ACORE’s National Defense and Security Initiative brings together industry and other leaders to examine the challenges and opportunities related to greater use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in support of national defense and the warfighter.
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. Renewable energy is not just a “policy objective” for the armed forces, but also an “operational imperative.” The deployable and decentralized energy production possibilities offered by renewable sources, and by enabling technologies like microgrids, have tremendous implications for the safety, security, and effectiveness of the military. Renewable energy and efficiency improvements can increase warfighter capability, enhance the energy security of its installations, and cut operational and military base energy costs.
ACORE is uniquely positioned to help the DoD meet this challenge 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.
In partnership with the DoD, ACORE has launched an initiative to examine strategies, opportunities and challenges related to the expanded use of renewable energy in support of national defense. The initiative highlights innovative ways the purchasing power of DoD and the ingenuity of private sector industries and financiers can be used to lower costs and support the military's mission. It identifies mechanisms to help DoD achieve mission objectives, save taxpayer expenditures, and reduce barriers to renewable energy deployment.
The initiative includes a series of events and member engagement with DoD uniform and civilian senior personnel in headquarters and the field, relevant federal, state and local policymakers and agencies and other activities to advance military use of renewable energy.