The US military's commitment to renewable energy under Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta includes 3.2 gigawatts (GW) in capacity planned across the Army, Navy and Air Force by 2025.
But what will happen to these plans under the incoming Secretary, Chuck Hagel?
The answer is hugely important because the Department of Defense (DoD) is positioned to be one of the single biggest drivers of efficiency and renewable energy in the US over the next 12 years. DoD consumes 40% of the oil in the US and is by far the biggest consumer. It spends $20 billion on energy alone. Panetta made it a priority to cut costs and increase energy security by investing in clean technologies.