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Navy's Commitment to Renewable Energy Takes the Nation's Center Stage

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120126-18

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (AW) Sam Shavers, Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy's energy security goals, including its efforts to produce or consume one gigawatt of new, renewable energy on its naval installations was one of two U.S. Navy highlights during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Jan. 24.

"I'm proud to announce that the Department of Defense, the world's largest consumer of energy, will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history - with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year," the President said.

This initiative continues progress toward the five energy goals outlined in 2009 by the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, the broadest goal being by no later than 2020, at least half of all Navy energy, afloat and ashore, would come from non-traditional sources.

"Changing the way we get and use energy is a priority for the Navy because energy security is critical to our national security," Mabus said. "One gigawatt of renewable energy produced from sources like solar, wind, and geothermal could power a city the size of Orlando, Florida, while increasing the security and flexibility of the energy grid."

Secretary Mabus has established a "1 GW Task Force" to assess and select renewable energy projects that will achieve this goal. The Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment (EI&E), the Honorable Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, will chair the task force.

The Navy has implemented a variety of energy initiatives in pursuit of that goal, including using advanced drop-in biofuel to power the fleet and renewable energy to power naval installations. All of which is part of President Obama's Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future.

The other Navy highlight from the President's address to the nation was at the end of his speech when he referred to the U.S. Navy SEALs' successful mission against Osama Bin Laden.

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