Senate Passes Menendez Amendment To Increase Defense Department Renewable Energy Usage

Senate Passes Menendez Amendment To Increase Defense Department Renewable Energy Usage

Amendment sets statutory goal for DoD to acquire 25 percent of electric from renewable sources by 2025

WAashington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today hailed the Senates passage of his amendment to increase the Department of Defenses consumption of renewable energy a measure that sets a statutory goal for the department of acquiring 25 percent of its electric from renewable energy sources by the year 2025. The Department of Defense currently acquires over eight percent of its electricity from renewable sources. The Menendez measure, co-sponsored by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), is an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization bill and was passed Tuesday by the Senate with unanimous consent.

As the federal governments largest consumer of energy, the Defense Department can be at the vanguard of renewable energy consumption, Menendez said. The federal government must lead by example if more American businesses and families are to increase their usage of renewable energy.

The Department of Defense is the federal governments most prolific user of electricity, using 55 percent of the governments total consumption. By using renewable sources of electricity, the Defense Department would greatly impact the governments overall demand for electricity. Renewable sources of energy include wind, solar, biomass, landfill gas, ocean, geothermal, municipal solid waste, and new hydroelectric generation capacity.

The Defense Department has made great strides toward increasing its usage of renewable energy sources. In 2005, DOD generated over eight percent of its electricity from renewable sources, and issued an internal memo encouraging the different service branches to pursue a goal of generating or acquiring 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025. The Menendez amendment codifies this goal.

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