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  • FACT: The Department of Defense has clearly stated that its reliance on fossil fuels is a threat to installations and troop security. DOD knows that renewable energy will save lives and money, and make our military more secure.

  • The Department of Defense currently has nearly 700 renewable projects operating across its bases, generating 7% of its energy needs. (ACORE, February 2014, http://bit.ly/V4JHU1)

  • The Department of Defense has a goal to derive 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. (U.S. Department of Defense, 2010, http://1.usa.gov/SosDHJ)

  • One out of eight U.S. Army casualties in Iraq was the result of protecting fuel convoys. That’s over 3,000 troops. (CNN Money, August 2011, http://cnnmon.ie/1pkJF7e)

  • The Department of Defense had $3 billion in unplanned expenses from 2011-2012 because of fluctuations in the price of fuel. (Congressional Research Service, December 2012, http://bit.ly/1sttumE)

  • Portable solar power can function in island mode, limiting the need for costly and dangerous fuel resupply missions that put forward-mission personnel at risk. (SEIA, May 2013, http://bit.ly/1pGF8KP)

  • 99% of the over 500 military installations in the U.S. depend on the commercial electric grid. (Business Executives for National Security, October 2012, http://bit.ly/RBTqPG)

  • In 2012, the Department of Defense reported 87 power outages of eight hours or more at its bases. (Center for National Policy, April 2014, http://bit.ly/1nUWWzq)

  • According to the Defense Science Board, the Department of Defense’s “almost complete dependence” on a vulnerable commercial power grid is a primary energy challenge for the nation’s military. (U.S. Defense Science Board, http://1.usa.gov/SfjK2I)

  • In 2009, the Pentagon paid an average of $400 to put a gallon of fuel into a combat vehicle or aircraft in Afghanistan. (The Hill, October 2009, http://bit.ly/1nuIVN8)

  • An Energy Savings Performance Contract at Fort Buchanon, Puerto Rico will reduce the fort’s energy demand by 30% and potable water demand by 60%. (U.S. Army, August 2014, http://1.usa.gov/1om4Jo9)

  • The first Navy ship to deploy using a hybrid-electric propulsion system, the USS Makin Island, will save $250 million on fuel costs over its lifecycle. (U.S. Navy, April 2012, http://1.usa.gov/1lI47t9)

  • An energy efficiency partnership between Tinker Air Force and Honeywell will save the base $170 million over 20 years. (The Oklahoman, October 2012, http://bit.ly/1lRGXzR)

  • Every $10 rise in the price of a barrel of oil costs the Department of Defense $1.3 billion – more than the entire procurement budget of the Marines. (Joint Force Quarterly, April 2010, http://bit.ly/1wm1S6v)

  • Traditional fuels represents 70% of the tonnage in most supply convoys. (USA Today, http://usat.ly/1rhGHCk)

  • Thanks to investments in energy efficiency, the Department of Defense has decreased its energy consumed per gross square foot of its buildings by 17.7% since 2003. (Pew Charitable Trusts, January 2014, http://bit.ly/1pgHmiB)

  • The Department of Defense acknowledges that climate change is a threat to national security and is a key driver of international volatility. Retired Navy Vice Admiral Lee Gunn attributes climate change as a contributing factor to the civil war in Syria. (NBC News, May 2014, http://nbcnews.to/1nC9nRJ)

  • Renewables will make the military more effective. According to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, the only reason the military is investing in renewable energy to “become better warfighters.” (Slate, April 2014, http://slate.me/1rJZ287)

  • In 2012, military installations were home to more than 50% of the microgrid projects underway in the U.S. Microgrids allow bases to consume energy more intelligently and allows them to function off the grid, which reduces vulnerability. (Metering International, January 2014, http://bit.ly/1kgX606)

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