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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Vast Majority of Proposed Commercial Energy Projects Won’t Affect the Military

  • July 17, 2011
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A DOD review of 249 renewable energy projects proposed by developers concluded that all but 20 will have little or no impact on military missions.

As a result, projects designed to generate more than 10 gigawatts of energy capacity will be able go ahead, the department said. In all, DOD reviewed about 6,500 wind turbines and 30 solar projects covering 35 states and Puerto Rico.

To address the 20 projects that may pose adverse impacts on military readiness and operations, officials will undertake further studies and negotiations with developers, in consultation with the appropriate federal agencies and state and local governments. ”The department’s goal in those negotiations will be to mitigate any potential adverse effects and allow the projects to move forward that are found to have little or no impact on military missions,” according to a written statement.

Most of the 20 projects in question are wind projects, with only one solar development and two geothermal projects proposed.

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