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Renewable Energy Projects Would Consider Energy Security, under Policy Bill

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  • May 10, 2011
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The military services would need to give “favorable consideration” to energy security in the design and development of on-base projects financed by the private sector that rely on renewable energy sources, under a provision in the portion of the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill approved last week by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee.

The defense secretary would need to notify Congress if the department enters into an agreement for a facility energy project that does not pursue energy security due to cost considerations.

In explaining the provision, the Readiness Subcommittee said it was concerned when DOD “contracts for renewable energy projects through third parties on military installations that have no capability to provide power directly to the installation in case of emergency.”

The full committee is scheduled to mark up the legislation, H.R. 1540, Wednesday.

DOD would be required to set an interim goal for the production or procurement of facility energy from renewable sources, under a separate provision. The FY 2007 authorization bill requires the department to acquire at least 25 percent of its electrical energy consumption from renewable sources by 2025.

The defense secretary would establish an interim goal for FY 2018 to help ensure the existing goal is achieved, according to H.R. 1540.

Another provision would require the Federal Aviation Administration to develop procedures so that DOD and the Homeland Security Department can ensure that national security concerns are taken into account when structures that potentially affect navigable airspace are proposed. The section is intended to reduce conflicts between the development of renewable energy sources and military training and testing.

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