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Obama budget more than doubles DoD funding for energy projects to $1B

Feb. 14, 2012 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
The Marine Corps used solar panels as an alternative energy source at Patrol Base Boldak, Afghanistan, in October. In the 2013 budget blueprint, the Obama administratioin nearly doubled Pentagon funding for improving energy efficiency and green energy sources.
The Marine Corps used solar panels as an alternative energy source at Patrol Base Boldak, Afghanistan, in October. In the 2013 budget blueprint, the Obama administratioin nearly doubled Pentagon funding for improving energy efficiency and green energy sources. (Cpl. Bryan Nygaard / Marine Corps)

The administration is proposing to spend $1 billion to make the Defense Department more energy efficient, according to its proposed fiscal 2013 budget.

The funds would more than double the $400 million DoD spent in fiscal 2010 on energy retrofits and renewable energy projects and making new buildings more energy efficient.

The request includes $150 million to improve the energy efficiency of facilities and $32 million to test new energy technologies for wide-scale deployment.

Nearly 8.5 percent of the energy DoD produces and consumes comes from renewable energy, according to the administration.

President Obama said in a Jan. 26 speech at Buckley Air Force Base near Denver that energy-efficiency efforts allow DoD to spend money on other projects.

"What our military understands is that if we're smart on energy, that saves DoD budgets that allow them to do a whole bunch of other things," Obama said.

Obama issued an executive order in 2009 that requires federal agencies by 2020 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions governmentwide by 28 percent from a 2008 baseline.

The 2005 Energy Policy Act also requires agencies to make sure that 7.5 percent of their facility energy use comes from renewable energy by fiscal 2013.

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