Department of Defense (DOD)

Energy Quote of the Day: On Obama's 'Solar Ready Vets' Program

April 11, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and Solar Ready Vets

The “Solar Ready Vets” program aims to train 75,000 workers, including veterans, to enter the solar industry by 2020. The Department of Energy will join the Pentagon to run the training program which will occur at 10 military bases across the country.[read more]

Cheaper Crude Oil Helps Defense Department Get Jet Fuel 'Bargain'

March 6, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Defense Department Fuel Purchases

The US Department of Defense recently announced its latest round of annual jet fuel contracts and the bill came to almost $4 billion. That’s down about 20 percent from the last time the DOD awarded similar contracts and the military can thank cheaper crude oil for the discount.[read more]

Pentagon Sees Climate Change as Immediate Security Risk

October 20, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Defense and Climate Risk

The Department of Defense released its 2014 Climate Change Adaption Roadmap on Monday, outlining how the U.S. military plans to adapt to the impacts of climate change. For the first time, the Pentagon discusses climate change as an immediate risk.[read more]

Microgrids Can Serve Multiple Purposes With The Right Policy Frameworks

October 14, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Microgrids provoke a multitude of views. For the Department of Energy, developing advanced microgrids can help build new electricity resources for customers, the community, and the macrogrid. For the Department of Defense, microgrids deliver energy security for military bases and mobile operations.[read more]

US Military Responds To Arctic Warming

November 26, 2013 by Tina Casey

Military Arctic Warming Response

Twenty-five nations gathered recently to hear US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel give a major address outlining the impact of rapid Arctic warming on US military operations in the region. In his speech, Hagel avoided discussing the role of human activity and greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

DOD Energy Innovation Impacted by Budget Sequestration

May 24, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Department of Defense

DOD has ramped up its energy innovation investments to address strategic challenges impacting warfighters and addressing the geopolitical consequences of climate change. But sequestration threatens to slow, or even halt, these efforts.[read more]

US Military on Track to Reach 3 GW of Solar Energy by 2025

May 19, 2013 by Herman Trabish

military solar energy

The Army, Navy and Air Force are using more than 130 megawatts of solar energy, with intentions toward 3 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2025 as part of a much bigger Department of Defense commitment.[read more]

Of Smart Grids and Resilience: Where’s My Microgrid?

April 13, 2013 by Katherine Tweed


You can’t throw a stone at smart grid conference these days and not hit a panel talking about microgrids. The chatter is incessant, but the actual work done to date has been far more limited.[read more]

With Senate’s Support, Advanced Biofuel Industry Ready for Takeoff

November 30, 2012 by Nicole Lederer

Biofuels via Shutterstock

When it comes to reducing the military’s dependence on oil, senators from both sides of the aisle have the Department of Defense’s back.By striking down a pair of shortsighted amendments to the military’s annual spending bill, the Senate this week gave a green light to the DoD to pursue the biofuel initiatives senior military leaders say...[read more]

California and the U.S. Military: A Powerful Partnership for Clean Energy

October 16, 2012 by Nicole Lederer

Golden Gate Bridge via Shutterstock


Recently, California took a bold step into the future when Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Energy Security Coordination Act. This aligns California with the Department of Defense, which is one of world’s largest consumers of energy. With fuel-intensive deployments across the globe, and enormous energy needs to operate military installations here at home, the DoD has identified fossil fuel dependency as a strategic liability.[read more]

The Military Plays an Important Role in Biofuel Procurement

June 1, 2012 by Clifton Yin

The military’s FY2013 budget is playing out to be a hot-bed of debate over the role of government in supporting clean energy innovation. Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee passed Department of Defense (DOD) budgets that bans the department from developing or purchasing advanced alternative...[read more]

Military moves ahead on smart energy investments despite political opposition

May 3, 2012 by Peter Lehner

Last month, the U.S. Army announced the opening of a 30,000-square foot research facility in Michigan for developing fuel cells, hybrid systems, battery technologies and advanced alternative fuels for the next generation of vehicles. Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal described the benefits of the lab in his dedication speech:...[read more]

Good News About The Military-Industrial Complex and Energy Security

May 17, 2011 by Nicole Lederer

Osama Bin Laden is gone, but in the nearly 10 years since his attack on our country, the primary threat to our economic and national security – our dependence on foreign fuel – remains. Rather than embracing rational energy policy to advance innovative solutions to our energy vulnerability, we’re still fueling both sides of a war: fighting terrorists who are funded partly from profits from the oil we purchase. And how are we getting our troops to the battle? Using even more oil.[read more]