Speaking at the American Council on Renewable Energy, Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, praised the services for their efforts in support of the Defense Department's energy strategy.
Largest Energy User:
"We are ... the largest energy user in the country," she said. "We have a big bill, even by DOD standards, because we have such a large built infrastructure. We have three times more building space even than Wal-Mart, [and] six times more than [the General Services Administration]."
As with any large-scale organization, Robyn pointed out, the Defense Department faces challenges.
"We have more than 400 threatened and endangered species on our installations," she said. "We are, among other things, a serious environmental steward. As with all things, we do that out of self-interest. We take care of threatened and endangered species to preserve the land so we can use it for testing and training. The desert tortoise is a particular challenge for any of you trying to do solar in the southwest."
Robyn expressed optimism in the DOD's efforts moving forward in terms of energy strategy and working with the American Council on Renewable Energy.
"We're very excited about what we're doing," she said. "We think this is just absolutely critical to it, and [I] look forward to working with you in the coming months and years."
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