A new report from the Association of Defense Communities and Converge Strategies details how military bases are turning to renewables to guard against blackouts in the wake of floods, storms or cyber attack. “The [Department of Defense] is deploying these projects because of increasing threats to the US electric grid,” said Wilson Rickerson, a principal at Converge Strategies and a co-author of the report.
The report encourages more states and cities to partner with military bases on projects like these. “The partnership models highlighted in this report are powering military missions and can be scaled to benefit surrounding communities and economies,” Rickerson said.
“The Department of Defense has made energy resilience a priority, and communities and states who can help achieve this goal will be in a stronger position to retain missions and attract new ones,” said Tim Ford, CEO of the Association for Defense Communities.
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