The Defense Energy Regulatory Agency has launched a new, comprehensive webpage to describe its efforts to support carbon-free electricity.
The web page is one way DLA Energy supports President Joe Biden’s clean energy goals. In addition, DLA Energy combines its acquisition expertise with strong industry partnerships to help the military services and government partners achieve their climate change goals.
“The Department of Defense has an opportunity to lead the transition to carbon-free electricity,” said Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks in a DOD news release. It is not only important to address the threat of climate change, but also to our national security as we work to protect US competitiveness in rapidly changing global energy markets.
In December, President Biden signed an executive order that sets the federal government’s goal of achieving 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2030, at least half of which will be provided by local clean energy to meet 24/7 needs. The executive order emphasizes the need for a coordinated, government-wide approach that requires significant agency collaboration.
Carbon-free electricity, or CFE, refers to electricity produced from sources that do not produce carbon emissions. That includes sea power; the sun; wind; hydrokinetic, including tidal, wave, current, and thermal; geothermal; hydroelectricity; nuclear power; renewable hydrogen; and electricity generation from fossil sources to the extent that there is effective capture and storage of carbon dioxide emissions to meet the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Since 1998, DLA Energy Installation Energy has been purchasing electricity, renewable energy and energy conservation initiatives to help military installations and federal agencies meet their facility’s energy needs, reduce their carbon footprint and save money.
In February, the DLA Energy and General Services Administration published a request for information about carbon-neutral electricity on sam.gov. The goal was to gain market knowledge and skills from vendors and other parties interested in providing clean air electricity to the US government in competitive electricity markets.
“The Carbon Pollution-Free Electricity RFI is an example of how DLA Energy is working with GSA to leverage our collective scale and purchasing power to achieve 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2030,” said DLA Director Energy Installation Pam Griffith. “Another goal of the RFI is to better understand the potential, methods and cost aspects of providing the clean energy scale needed. This information will help shape future procurement strategies for use in changing our sales contracts.”
More information about DLA Energy’s initiatives is available on the Carbon Pollution-Free Electricity webpage, including fact sheets, a tri-fold brochure, images and examples of clean energy projects on military installations around the world.
Applications for carbon-free electricity including a request for proposal for the Micro-Reactor Pilot Program at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, can be found on the website by searching for contract opportunities.