Energy Provisions - National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2009
The Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009, a bill authorising defence spending for the for fiscal year 2009, contains several provisions aimed at energy efficiency, renewable energy, and use of alternative sources of energy in the armed forces. Section 331 of the Act imposes a requirement to report to the congressional defence committees on the operational energy management and implementation of an operational energy strategy. Section 332 of the bill requires the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to include fuel efficiency as a key performance parameter when modifying or developing new machinery that consumes fuel, such as tanks or jets. It also requires that the life-cycle cost analyses for new military capabilities include the fully burdened cost of fuel, which includes the total cost of all personnel and assets required to deliver and protect the fuel. Section 332 also includes provisions for a plan to be prepared detailing how the provisions will be implemented, along with a requirement to provide a progress report two years after the bills enactment, and for the Secretary of Defense to provide a notification of compliance with the requirements to the congressional defence committees during the three-year period following enactment. Lack of compliance will need to be examined and explained in front of the congressional defence committees, and a revised plan implemented. In addition, Section 2402 of the bill authorises USD 90 million for energy conservation projects.
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