Navy Secretary Won't Back Off From Renewable Energy Goals

October 17, 2012

Almost three years to the day after he laid out plans to achieve energy security for his service, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on Oct. 17 doubled down on that promise.

Mabus praised the progress the Navy has made and assured attendees at an industry conference that the goals he laid out in 2009 would be achieved within or ahead of the ambitious self-prescribed timeline.

“We have initiated, we have advanced and we have achieved many of the objectives we set,” Mabus said at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual Naval Energy Forum. “We are not there yet, but we are far further along. We’re doing what we’re doing and we’re leading at what we’re doing because it increases national security and, I would say, it increases international stability.”

Mabus said he was “absolutely confident” that the service will meet the prescribed goal that by 2020 half its energy will come from sources other than petroleum.

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