DOD Releases First Energy Policy in 20 Years

April 22, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

DOD Energy ManageThe Acting Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Defense Christine Fox signed Directive 4180.01 – “DOD Energy Policy,” the department’s first overarching defense energy policy in over 20 years.

The directive requires the DOD to:

-Improve energy performance of its weapons, installations, and military forces;

-Diversify and expand energy supplies and sources, including renewable energy sources and alternative fuels;

-Adapt core business processes – including requirements, acquisition, planning, programming, budgeting, and execution – to improve the DOD’s use and management of energy;

-Analyze and mitigate risks related to its energy use; and

-Promote innovation for its equipment as well as education and training for its personnel, valuing energy as a mission-essential resource.

The DOD is the United States’ largest single user of energy, spending an estimated $19 billion on fuel and electricity in 2013. Recently, the US Army said it was developing a solar array at Fort Huachuca, Ariz, that will be the largest solar array in the Department of Defense on a military installation.

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