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Interview with IAGS’ Gal Luft on the Military’s Role in Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Tactical Defense Media interviewed Gal Luft, Co-Director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), the publisher of the Journal of Energy Security, on a potential role of biofuels in a military’s energy mix, and a military’s potential role in biofuels development. According to Luft, “With respect to biofuels, the only role I see for the military is in the testing and certification of fuels to make sure they can be used should they prove economically viable. What I don’t want to see from the military is mass adoption of fuels that are in many cases much more expensive – [as] this would come at the expense of other needs.” Read more directly from November 2013 DoD Power, Energy & Propulsion.

 

U.S. Army Energy Efficiency Highlights from 2013

This December 2013 presentation by the U.S. Army Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Sustainability, Richard Kidd, provides a comprehensive summary of the Army’s 2013 energy efficiency progress across its energy trio framework focused on bases, soldier and vehicle power. Read more at the Army’s Homepage.

The U.S. Air Force in Europe and Africa Adopts Residential Energy Efficiency Program

As part of the U.S. Department of Defense latest plan to increase military energy efficiency after spending $157.5 million on energy in 2013 fiscal year, the U.S. Air Force in Europe and Air Force Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) implemented a Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP). The program employs energy monitors that record electricity usage to raise awareness among the base residents how much energy they use and at what cost. The UK Royal Air Force base in Lakenheath, England, the first one to implement the REEP, has slashed electricity use and gas consumption by 30% among the residents participating in the program.   Read more   at American Chemistry.

U.S. Marines Test a New Solar Power Vest

U.S. Marine base camps throughout the Middle East have embarked on solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to lower expenses. In addition to already using solar power to power off-grid ground structures and battery packs, the Marines are currently testing solar powered vests which will enable Marines to function effectively in hard-to-supply locations for longer periods, while reducing logistical and physical challenges. Joining the Navy and Air Force renewable energy efforts, the Marines are working toward achieving 50 percent higher energy efficiency on the battlefield by 2025.   Read more   on U.S. Marines portable solar initiatives at Clean Technica.

ENSEC COE Steers its Agenda toward Military Energy Efficiency

Director of NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence (ENSEC COE) in Lithuania, Colonel Romualdas Petkevicius, discussed the role of the ENSEC COE in energy security, especially as it relates to the energy efficiency of military forces. During a roundtable hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Energy and Environment Program and the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Col. Petkevicius highlighted that ENSEC COE’s focus is now directed toward operational energy security.  Read more   at the Atlantic Council.

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