The American Council on Renewable Energy, which is run by distinguished Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn, USN (ret), is hosting its “Power Generation and Infrastructure Forum” on April 18 in Portland, Oregon. The forum will explore the “opportunities and challenges related to the expanded use of renewable electricity in the western U.S.” For full details, check out their website. Judging by past ACORE fora, this should be both a stimulating and productive session.
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Posted in Department of Defense, energy, tagged Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, energy security, Operational Energy Strategy, Operational Energy Strategy Implementation Plan, renewable energy, Sharon Burke, U.S. Department of Defense on March 11, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
DoD released its new Operational Energy Strategy Implementation Plan on Friday, which follows from last year’s release of the strategy itself. The plan fleshes out the strategy’s three-pillar approach, reiterating the key energy pathways for a “stronger force:”
- More fight, less fuel: Reduce the demand for energy in military operations.
- More options, less risk: Expand and secure the supply of energy to military operations.
- More capability, less cost: Build energy security into the future force
While certain Republican Congressmen depicted the renewable energy push in the report as “wasteful,” DoD defended the strategy as a way of protecting soldier’s lives and bringing down costs. Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal, stating:
The No. 1 justification is improved military capability…If you get that, it will lower your risks, so it will save lives, and it should lower your costs.