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Defense Energy Use

The Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest single consumer of liquid fuels in the world.

Petroleum-based fuels power equipment, expeditionary bases, tactical vehicles, aircraft, some naval vessels, and other platforms.

In May 2011, DoD published its first report outlining a strategy to transform the way energy is used in military operations.

It is imperative that DoD reduce the overall demand for operational energy; improve the efficiency of military energy use in order to enhance combat effectiveness; and reduce military mission risks and costs.

The vulnerability of petroleum-based supplies continues to raise both risks and costs for DoD. However, DoD is becoming an important investor in new energy sources. New investments in alternative fuels, derived from feedstocks like camolina, algae, woody biomass, or even waste animal fat can have long-term implications for energy security by providing an alternative to oil.

The DoD divides its energy focus into two areas:

Operational Energy Use

Training, moving, and sustaining our forces

Installation Energy Use

Reducing risk and increasing energy security on bases around the world

ASP Resources on Defense Alternative Fuels

National Security Leaders Call for Support for DoD Energy Security Efforts

Military Leaders Call for Support of DoD’s Alternative Fuels Program

ASP CEO BGen Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.), Discusses Alternative Fuels for U.S. Military


Also in the Media:

ASP’s fact sheet on Bio Fuels can be downloaded here, and read below:

Bio Fuels Fact Sheet March 2012

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