Despite scoffing by President Donald Trump and his top advisors at government support for clean energy, the Department of Defense is forging ahead with a decade-long effort to convert its fuel-hungry operations to renewable power, senior military officials told Reuters. The armed forces nearly doubled their renewable power generation between 2011 and 2015, and the number of military renewable energy projects nearly tripled to 1,390 between 2011 and 2015, department data showed. Many of those projects are at U.S. bases, where renewable energy allows the military to maintain its own independent source of power in case of a natural disaster or an attack that disables the public grid. The military’s push into alternative energy started under Republican President George W. Bush in 2007, when he signed a law requiring the Pentagon to get 25 percent of the electricity for its buildings from renewable energy by 2025, and it accelerated under President Barack Obama, who required the Army, Air Force and Navy to each deploy 1 gigawatt of renewable power and directed the Army to open a lab developing energy technologies for combat vehicles.

– via Reuters / Timothy Gardner

 

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