In order to address rising energy security challenges, escalating fuel prices, and stricter federal mandates, the U.S. Army recently formed a new task force charged with developing large-scale Army renewable energy projects.
Faced with the same excruciating fuel prices as the rest of the country, the U.S. Army recently announced the creation of an Energy Initiatives Office Task Force that will help the military branch reach its goal of sourcing 25 percent of its energy from renewables by 2025, a target of all Defense Department agencies.
The EIO Task Force will be charged with filling this expertise gap and providing resources to enable private sector involvement in large-scale renewable energy projects. The Army hopes this will result in increased interest by project developers and better prices on projects (EL).
In order to reach its energy security goals, the Army says it needs about $7 billion in new investments over the next 10 years. If successful, this massive investment will help generate about 2.1 million megawatt hours of power for military use.
According to Army representatives, the task force will be part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. It will be operational by Sept. 15, 2011.
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