By Nick Gilbert
Renewable energy companies and top-ranked military officials convened recently at the second forum, which is a multi-part series.
Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) hosted the meeting to make clear the Department of Defense's (DoD) renewable energy preferences and to overcome the difficulties faced to reach the military's objectives.
The forum series is being conducted during 2012 in association with the DoD to enhance the U.S. military efficiency by integrating and deploying renewable energy solutions in the battlefield and base. The biggest single energy user in the US, DoD, may spend $150 billion on power and fuel in the next 10 years. Hence, DOD is conducting the program to enhance the energy security of its installations on base and to develop technologies like microgrids.
The second forum met to outline the project preferences and significant technologies required for each military service, prospects of integrated systems for renewables, starting the purchase process to cut down expenditure on energy projects, for on-site energy management, to help deploy renewable energy and to strengthen private sector finance, which helps DoD to meet its goal.
AEE and ACORE support DoD to meet the energy issues by using collective experience of their members including government agencies, nonprofit groups, educational institutions, fiscal institutions, professional service firms, end users, utilities and advanced energy sector associations.
The next forum will be held along with the Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition (RETECH), on October 17-19, 2012.