December 26, 2011

Federal agencies going green

Algae-fueled Navy boats at Naval Station Norfolk. Solar panels at NASA Langley Research Center's new office building. Geothermal wells at Fort Eustis.

Congress has not passed comprehensive energy and climate change legislation. As a result, federal agencies in Hampton Roads and beyond are investing in renewable energy. Nowhere is the trend more evident than the Department of Defense, which consumes more energy than all other federal agencies combined.

Other agencies, including the Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab in Newport News, are looking at renewables and nuclear energy. Because nuclear produces no emissions, it would help the lab reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions it is responsible for.

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