We all know that America declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776, but did you know that the Marine Corps is working to increase its energy independence from the electric grid?
As stated in the Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Strategy, energy independence establishes a level of operational proficiency where energy is no longer a significant requirement that adversaries can exploit.
On base and in the battlefield, having access to a reliable, secure source of energy is critical to Marines and their missions. In order to help increase energy security and energy resiliency on base, the Marine Corps is increasing its energy independence by investing in a diverse set of technologies and renewable energy sources including microgrids, solar arrays, biofuel generators, and geothermal heat pumps. These efforts will make the Marine Corps less reliant on the electric grid and will help to fend off the following threats that put energy from the grid at risk:
The Marine Corps has already seen the benefits of its energy independence initiatives. After a fire at an MCLB Albany electric substation shut down power from the external grid for two weeks, the base was able to operate off of a combination of the power generated from its biofuel generator and emergency diesel backup generators, allowing MCLB Albany to continue to support its mission.
Although you can’t build your own solar array to power your home or office, you can help the Marine Corps’ mission by decreasing your reliance on energy at home and at work. Also, for more information on renewable energy sources used by the Marine Corps, check out this link.
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