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Richard Kidd: US Army Needs More Energy Security Funds

transmission tower against the sun during sunsetRichard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for energy and sustainability, has called on Congress to increase funding for the military branch’s efforts to manage energy security at its bases, the Army News Service reported Friday.

C. Todd Lopez writes Kidd said during a presentation Wednesday on Capitol Hill that he believes investing in power-generation and microgrid technologies can help the Army secure its electrical grids against threats.

“There is no budgetary mechanism that allows us to actually go out and do a cost-benefit analysis and buy that energy security,” he told his audience.

“It would be very difficult within the current budget climate to get the military construction funding needed to build more resilient installations.”

He noted the four U.S. military branches work to integrate security measures into their renewable energy, test and evaluation and energy savings performance contracts.

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