Energy and Defense Departments Announce Agreement to Enhance Cooperation on Clean Energy and Strengthen Energy Security

July 28, 2010

At a White House Forum on Energy Security, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to accelerate clean energy innovation and enhance national energy security. A record of the proceedings is available on the White House Web site.

America's military pays a high price in terms of added cost, risk of life, and lost operational flexibility in order to deliver fuel supplies to our forces in combat. Both agencies are committed to reducing these vulnerabilities through improved efficiencies and displacement of fossil fuels through on-site renewable power generation.

"The Department of Energy and the Department of Defense's shared vision of a safe, secure energy future has provided us with a strong foundation to work together on energy issues," said Deputy Secretary Poneman. "Working together, we can speed the transition to a clean energy economy, while helping protect our troops. Building a new energy future is the right thing to do to strengthen our national security, to promote economic prosperity, and to improve our environment. It is also the right thing to do for our men and women in uniform."

The MOU, signed by Deputy Secretary Poneman and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn, covers efforts in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, fossil fuels, alternative fuels, efficient transportation technologies and fueling infrastructure, grid security, smart grid, storage, waste-to-energy, basic science research, mobile/deployable power, small modular reactor nuclear energy, and related areas.

DOD aims to speed innovative energy and conservation technologies from laboratories to military end users, and it uses military installations as a test bed to demonstrate and create a market for innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

DOE is the lead Federal agency responsible for the development and deployment of advanced energy technologies, yet DOD will need to invest in many of these same energy technologies as well as other energy technologies which may be unique to DOD operational requirements.  Partnering with DOD provides DOE the opportunity to accelerate the deployment of its technologies and expertise to help address the critical economic and energy security needs of the United States and to promote scientific and technological innovation.

The MOU (PDF 329 KB) builds on already strong cooperation between the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense, and will broaden collaboration on clean energy technology research, development, and demonstration.