Renewable Energy Benefits the U.S. Military

The use of renewable energy not only benefits consumers and business owners. The U.S. Department of Defense is aggressively pursuing renewable energy, as well. Military leaders are supporting renewable energy technologies because of increased security and energy independence concerns. According to Joe Sikes, director of Facilities Energy for the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, renewable energy sources make the military less vulnerable to attacks. For instance, mobile solar and wind generators may one day replace fuel trucks that are frequent targets of attack.

The Defense Department is also under a mandate to draw 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, so the military has agreed to become the testing ground for renewable technology.

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