US Army to set up task force for green energy projects
Aug 15, 2011 - The US Army will form an Energy Initiatives Office (EIO) Task Force for large-scale renewable energy projects development, the US Department of Defense announced last week.
The EIO Task Force is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment and will be operational by September 15. It will work to streamline current acquisition processes and carry out large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects on Army installations.
The Army's renewable energy needs require an investment of USD 7.1 billion (EUR 4.9bn) in the next ten years for projects which would produce 2.1 million MWh of electricity a year, according to the statement. The Army aims to have 25% renewable energy in its total energy consumption by 2025.
With the EIO, the Army aims to attract private industry interest for cooperation in developing and financing of its clean energy capacity needs.