Thursday, September 10, 2009

USPACOM in Cooperation with State of Hawaii Pursue Renewable Energy Goals

United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) in cooperation with the state of Hawaii is developing a strategy to meet a clean energy conservation target of getting 70 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2030.

Hawaii currently gets approximately 90 percent of its energy from petroleum products. The joint interest in energy conservation stems from the Department of Defense wanting to lower the use of foreign oil for national security while meeting federal mandates for clean energy use.

USPACOM representatives attended the State’s Clean Energy Conference last week in Waikiki to discuss a broad spectrum of initiatives the military is taking to improve renewable energy, as reported in the Boston Herald, (Renewable Energy Surging).

Through further dialogue, USPACOM may exceed federal mandated goals by ultimately reducing the military’s electricity bill by millions of dollars. This would result in a ‘win-win’ situation for the entire Asia-Pacific region.

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