U.S. Marine Corps Actively Pursuing Biofuel Resources
One of America's largest consumers of fuel, the U.S. military is actively seeking to increase its biofuel resources.
Major General Carl Jensen, the officer in charge of many of the Marine Corps East Coast installations said locally produced biofuels could help the Marines meet the renewable energy goals which have been outlined by the federal government.
Under the 2007 Energy Independence Security Act, there is a requirement for the Marines to reduce energy consumption by 30% by 2015 compared with 2003's energy consumption. Additionally, the Marine Corps is mandated to have 25% of its energy come from renewable sources by 2025.
Jensen is exploring all technologies including geothermal, solar, and biofuels. Colleen Roberts, the communications director for the Military Growth Task Force expects biofuels to be a major part of the Marine Corps and the U.S. military's future energy supply: "We see this industry as an opportunity to engage not only farmers and military, but the region as well. Imagine a refinery that could supply biofuel to the bases, and the school bus fleets, county fleets, emergency services, businesses, hospitals, and prisons."
The Growth Task Force's goal is supply the military with 1.5 million gallons of biofuel by 2012.
Read the full story at ENCToday: Military pushing for biofuel crops
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