DOD Steps Up Innovation in Installation Energy, Recognizes Limits in Biofuels

Matt Hourihan November 23, 2011
November 23, 2011

It’s worth noting a pair of recent developments on the Defense Department energy front. First, the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program which runs the Installation Energy Test Bed Initiative, has announced 27 award recipients under its latest funding round. The program will test emerging clean and efficient energy technologies in operating environments, assess their performance, and facilitate scale-up for the most promising. Second, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs and the Defense Logistics Agency released a report that critically assesses the prospects and challenges surrounding the long-term transition to alternative fuels, and identifies some substantial challenges that won’t be met without accelerated innovation in the biofuels industry.