Country:United States
Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2008
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Monitoring, Economic Instruments>Direct investment, Economic Instruments>Direct investment>Procurement rules, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme , Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme >Technology deployment and diffusion, Regulatory Instruments>Other mandatory requirements
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Energy Efficiency / Demand Reduction, Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
Legal References:S. 3001 Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009
Funding:USD 90 million for energy conservation projects
Description:The Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009, a bill authorising defence spending for the for fiscal year 2009, contains several provisions aimed at energy efficiency, renewable energy, and use of alternative sources of energy in the armed forces. Section 331 of the Act imposes a requirement to report to the congressional defence committees on the operational energy management and implementation of an operational energy strategy. Section 332 of the bill requires the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to include fuel efficiency as a key performance parameter when modifying or developing new machinery that consumes fuel, such as tanks or jets. It also requires that the life-cycle cost analyses for new military capabilities include the fully burdened cost of fuel, which includes the total cost of all personnel and assets required to deliver and protect the fuel. Section 332 also includes provisions for a plan to be prepared detailing how the provisions will be implemented, along with a requirement to provide a progress report two years after the bills enactment, and for the Secretary of Defense to provide a notification of compliance with the requirements to the congressional defence committees during the three-year period following enactment. Lack of compliance will need to be examined and explained in front of the congressional defence committees, and a revised plan implemented. Section 333 of the bill also requires the DOD to consider the use of wind and solar energy for expeditionary forces to reduce the need to deliver fuel to battle areas, where electricity is typically produced by engine-driven generators. A report examining the feasibility of solar and wind energy is to be submitted 120 days following the bills enactment. Section 334 of the Act requires the DOD to conduct a study on the use of alternatives to reduce the life-cycle emissions of alternative and synthetic fuels (including coal-to-liquid fuels). At a minimum the study will look at the potential of using clean energy and reducing CO2 emissions, military research, testing and certification work done on alternative and synthetic fuels for vehicles and aircraft, an analysis of trends, investment and production capacity of alternative and synthetic fuels capable of meeting DOD requirements, and the military utility of different alternative and synthetic fuel production and use. The study will be conducted by a federally funded R&D facility and is to be submitted by 1 March 2009. In addition, Section 2402 of the bill authorises USD 90 million for energy conservation projects.

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