Renewable Energy from the Ocean) technology promises to play a major part in the Navy’s renewable-energy program. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command OTEC program is structured to promote developing the technology for Navy applications and facilitating Department of Defense use of commercial-scale power plants through renewable-energy purchase agreements.
The DOD is pursuing aggressive energy policies, including independence and security and on-site generation and consumption. The department’s energy mandates include the following deadlines:
• 2013 and beyond: 7.5 percent renewable-energy use (Energy Policy Act of 2005)
• 2015: reduce non-tactical Fleet petroleum use by 50 percent (Presidential Executive Order 13423)
• 2020: at least 50 percent of shore-based energy requirements to come from alternative sources; 50 percent of Navy installations to be net-zero; 50 percent of total Navy energy consumption must come from alternative sources (Secretary of the Navy Targets, October 2009)