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Army Task Force to Push Renewable Energy

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The Army’s goal is to get 25 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2025, Army Secretary John McHugh said Wednesday.

AFPS reports McHugh announced by mid-September, a new task force will stand up to help take the Army’s energy initiatives forward.

The Energy Initiatives Office Task Force will build on the Army’s 126 current renewable projects, including a solar project at Fort Irwin, Calif. Once completed, it will be as large as an area the size of Manhattan.

“We think we’ve made a great start,” McHugh said at the GovEnergy conference in Cincinnati. “But to meet our longer-term objectives we have to do better.”

The Army consumes 21 percent of the federal government’s power. McHugh estimated the cost of achieving the 2025 goal at about $7.1 billion.

The task force will seek ways to partner with the private sector on renewable energy projects.

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