DOE and U.S. Department of Defense Announce Clean Energy Cooperation Agreement

July 28, 2010

DOE announced on July 27 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between itself and the U.S. Department of Defense to accelerate clean energy innovation and enhance national energy security. Both agencies are committed to reducing U.S. vulnerabilities through improved efficiencies, reduced fossil fuel use, and on-site renewable power generation. The MOU, signed by Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn, covers energy efficiency and renewable energy. It also targets collaboration on fossil fuels, alternative fuels, efficient transportation technologies and fueling infrastructure, grid security, smart grid, storage, waste-to-energy, basic science research, and mobile/deployable power. The MOU builds on existing cooperation between DOE and the Defense Department, and will broaden collaboration on clean energy technology research, development, and demonstration.

The Defense Department aims to speed innovative energy and conservation technologies from laboratories to military end users. To that end, it uses military installations as a test bed for creating a market for innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Partnering with the Defense Department gives DOE the chance to speed deployment of its technologies and expertise, and to promote scientific and technological innovation. See the DOE press release and the MOU (PDF 328 KB). Download Adobe Reader.