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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Naval Energy Forum Highlights Energy Security

From Dr. Jean Roberts, Task Force Energy

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy will hold its 2011 Naval Energy Forum Oct. 13-14 in Washington.

National energy leaders from the Department of the Navy and other federal agencies, industry, and academia will be meeting at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center to discuss energy reform.

Speakers and panelists will engage in a wide variety of topics that stress energy as a tactical advantage, including the importance of culture change; fleet challenges and successes; expeditionary issues; investments in biofuels and energy efficiency; energy efficient acquisition; and C5I considerations.

"The Navy and our nation rely far too much on fossil fuels and far too much on foreign sources of oil," said Rear Adm. Philip Cullom, director, Energy and Environmental Readiness Division. "That dependency degrades our national security, negatively impacts our economy, and ultimately is not sustainable for our economy or our planet. So having this opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of the key energy stakeholders in this fight for energy reform is invaluable."

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus laid out five aggressive energy goals in October 2009 to improve our energy security and efficiency, increase our energy independence, and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy. This initiative assists in achieving the energy goal of increasing alternative energy afloat and ashore where by 2020, the Department of the Navy (DON) will produce at least 50 percent of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources and 50 percent of DON installations will be net-zero.

To register for the 2011 Naval Energy Forum, visit http://www.ndia.org/meetings/2600/Pages/default.aspx.

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