The initiative means the departments "can speed the transition to a clean energy economy, while helping protect our troops," said Daniel Poneman, deputy secretary of Energy. (Jose Dominguez / Agence France-Presse file photo)
The Defense and Energy departments will join forces to test emerging renewable energy and energy conservation technologies under a collaboration intended to accelerate the country's move toward clean and secure energy sources.
"Working together, we can speed the transition to a clean energy economy, while helping protect our troops," Daniel Poneman, deputy secretary of Energy, said in a statement. "Building a new energy future is the right thing to do to strengthen our national security, to promote economic prosperity and to improve our environment."
In a memorandum of understanding signed by both department heads, the agencies pledge to: test emerging energy technologies such as those that can convert waste to energy; deploy so-called smart grids; build nuclear power plants on or near military bases; develop more efficient transportation solutions and fueling infrastructures; share scientific research and data; develop joint initiatives for major pilot projects that transcend military requirements; and improve education and training for employees within both departments.