Navy and Marine Corps to lease 205 new EVs for use at California installations; largest integration of EVs in federal government
The California Energy Commission and the Department of the Navy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing a partnership that supports Navy and Marine Corps installation efforts to develop alternative energy resources and increase energy security and reliability.
Following the MOU signing, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment Dennis V. McGinn announced that the Navy and Marine Corps will lease 205 new electric vehicles for use at California installations, the largest integration of electric vehicles in the federal government.
The MOU ensures continued collaboration and information sharing on energy projects and initiatives and helps implement some of the key recommendations made by the Governor’s Military Council last year. The recommendations aim to enhance the state’s defense and national security mission and its benefits to California’s economy and communities.
Recent joint projects between the Department of the Navy and the Energy Commission include a demonstration of a waterless cleaning process for Kevlar vests, flame resistant garments and other ballistic gear at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme and the installation of a solar microgrid system with battery storage to ensure mission readiness should the commercial power grid fail at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
The Department of the Navy is transforming its energy use by developing energy efficiency measures and alternative energy resources to increase mission capability and flexibility.
In 2009, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus set aggressive renewable energy goals to spur the development of alternative power and energy efficient technology and operational procedures. Recognizing the benefits of alternative energy, Secretary Mabus stood up the Renewable Energy Program Office (REPO) in order to accelerate his goals and bring one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015—which REPO completed in just 18 months.
The California Energy Commission is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency and has been instrumental in helping the state meet its renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals by investing in energy innovations, advancing renewable energy development, encouraging energy efficiency and transforming transportation away from fossil fuels. The Energy Commission also works with renewable energy developers to ensure their proposed projects in the state do not interfere with space owned, leased or used by the military for training or testing.
Secretary McGinn also revealed that REPO has signed agreements to develop solar energy and solar energy with battery storage projects at three Navy installations in California. The REPO agreements include the development of the largest solar PV facility on Department of Defense land at Naval Air Station Lemoore; solar power and large-scale battery storage system at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach; and solar power combined with cutting-edge battery technology to supply energy to smaller critical loads indefinitely at Naval Base Ventura County. The announcement of these projects helps to further solidify the collaborative efforts between the Department of the Navy and the state of California.