Obama Orders Federal Government to Step up Renewables

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According to a report today from the Associated Press, on Thursday, Obama will order the federal government to step up its use of renewable sources with a new goal of 20% renewables by 2020.

 

UPDATED 12/5/13

The Associated Press reported today that on Thursday, Obama will order the federal government to nearly triple to 20 percent its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.”

Obama is citing various reasons for the move, among them combatting climate change, promoting U.S. energy independence, and creating American jobs.

The Department of Defense has been aware of these issues for some time. In February 2010, the Pentagon’s primary planning document identified climate change and energy as “two key issues that will play a significant role in shaping the future security environment” and went on to note that “climate change, energy security, and economic stability are inextricably linked.” The military has put these ideas into action with money and effort going into renewables, particularly solar. The Department of Defense has its own ambitious goal of getting 25% of its energy from renewables by 2025.

Now, other parts of the government may be catching up. The executive order applies to all federal agencies, both civilian and military. That adds up to 500,000 buildings and 600,000 vehicles, plus a $500 billion a year supply chain of goods and services.

In addition to covering a lot of ground, the hope is that the government will set an example for the rest of the country.

With yet another renewable energy goal for 2020, it’s shaping up to be quite a year. Watch this blog for further coverage of Obama’s order and how it will affect the solar industry.

The full text of the executive order can be seen here.