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Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change reveals his belief that there is a moral obligation to act swiftly on climate change, which disproportionately harms the world’s poor. But conservative media are relentlessly attacking the pope over the encyclical, calling it “insipid” and “blasphemous,” and fearmongering that the Catholic leader is a “Marxist” pushing for “a new world order,” among other things.
America’s Defense Department is the largest single global consumer of petroleum, and its military operations comprise the largest demand for all forms of energy. And bases depend on aging transmission systems susceptible to cyber-terrorism and unreliability.
A microgrid is a smaller version of the Smart Grid that is localized to a particular area, so its potential use for military functions is vast. Similar to the function of the smart grid, a military microgrid is also expected to improve the energy efficiency and accelerate the integration of various renewable energy resources.
The DoD moves about 50 million gallons of fuel monthly in Afghanistan alone, much of which is for power generation. The fuel powers more than 15,000 generators in Afghanistan. What if, through use of Microgrid technologies, the military could cut that fuel transportation and use in half?
The Department of Defense is already working on establishing a network of independent microgrids that integrate distributed renewable generation, electric vehicles, and demand response at its bases. The growth potential for military microgrid market is anticipated to result in upwards of 54.8 megawatts total capacity by 2018.
According to the Secretary of Defense, 40+ DoD military bases either have operating microgrids, planned microgrids, or have conducted studies of microgrid technologies. The DoD also has 600 forward operating bases (FOBs) and is investigating the deployment of mobile microgrids in Afghanistan.