WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The U.S. Defense Department is accelerating efforts to use alternative energy sources, including biofuel, hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells. Dennis McGinn, a retired vice admiral for the Navy and a senior fellow at Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, Colo., told United Press International (UPI) that concerns over national security and the environment, as well as higher fuel prices, have prompted the Pentagon to push harder for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Alternatives such as fuel cells also cut the costs of transporting fuel to remote locations and areas of conflict, he said. The Navy has set a goal of dedicating up to $170 million annually to energy efficiency projects, Navy spokesman Lt. William Marks told UPI. The Air Force’s plans include greater use of E85 – a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

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