|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:44:36 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] ENERGY: Defense, Interior reach agreement on renewables|
Solar, wind power get Pentagon boost David R. Baker San Francisco Chronicle August 6, 2012The U.S. Defense Department will encourage companies to build solar power plants and wind farms on 16 million acres of open land surrounding military bases, making each base less dependent on the nation's aging electricity grid.
The plan, announced Monday, will help the military cut its $4 billion annual energy bill and help insulate bases from blackouts. About 13 million of the acres involved lie in Western states, primarily California, Arizona and Nevada.
"It's a clear recognition that renewable energy can contribute greatly to the energy security of our military facilities, particularly in the Southwest," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
A study the Defense Department released this year found that the lands surrounding four military installations in Southern California alone could generate seven gigawatts of solar energy, equivalent to the output of seven nuclear reactors.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Solar-wind-power-get-Pentagon- boost-3767317.php
-- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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