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Obama budget includes $3.2B to reduce energy, fuel use

Apr. 17, 2013 - 02:58PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
The White House's 2014 budget proposes $2 billion for the Defense Department to decrease fuel use in its fleet and to make its vehicles more efficient and another $1.2 billion to reduce energy use at DoD installations. Above, a solar installation at Fort Bliss.
The White House's 2014 budget proposes $2 billion for the Defense Department to decrease fuel use in its fleet and to make its vehicles more efficient and another $1.2 billion to reduce energy use at DoD installations. Above, a solar installation at Fort Bliss. (File)

The White House’s 2014 budget request proposes a multibillion-dollar Defense Department initiative to reduce energy and fuel use.

The budget proposes $2 billion for the Defense Department to decrease fuel use in its fleet and to make its vehicles more efficient and another $1.2 billion to reduce energy use at DoD installations.

“Consuming that much energy — whether fuel for planes, ships and tanks or electricity for bases, commissaries and schools — has budgetary and strategic impacts,” a DoD budget statement said.

The budget also requests $150 million to invest in new energy-efficient technologies and $32 million as part of a program to test out new technologies at military bases.

The budget also proposes $35 million for the General Services Administration to install energy and water efficiency retrofits to older federal buildings.

Similarly, the Energy Department would get a $104 million increase — to $379 million — for advanced energy research and $2.8 billion for renewable energy projects.

The 2014 budget would also support agency efforts to implement their climate change adaptation plans. Agencies were required to draft plans for the first time this year on how they will deal with the impact of climate change.

The administration is also working to incorporate climate change into the design and repair of critical infrastructure, according to budget documents.

“We’ll continue our march toward energy independence and address the threat of climate change,” President Obama said in a speech April 10 announcing the 2014 budget.

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