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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 609-11
July 14, 2011

DOD Announces Renewable Energy Project Review Results

                 The Department of Defense announced today that a comprehensive review of 249 renewable energy projects proposed in 35 states and Puerto Rico found that 229 have little or no impact on military missions, thus clearing the way for the future production of more than 10 gigawatts of renewable energy generation capacity.

                 This review involved approximately 6,500 wind turbines and 30 solar projects.  The complete list of the projects can be viewed at http://go.usa.gov/BCe .

                 These new energy projects will increase the nation’s energy security while ensuring that our military services have the test capabilities, training venues, and equipment to help keep America safe.  

                 The DoD will undertake further studies and negotiations with developers, in consultation with the appropriate federal agencies and state and local governments, of the 20 projects that may pose adverse impacts on military readiness and operations.  The department’s goal in those negotiations will be to mitigate any potential adverse effects and allow the projects to move forward that are found to have little or no impact on military missions.

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