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FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The director of the Navy Energy Coordination Office (OPNAV N45E) was a featured presenter at the 7th Annual Military Energy Alternatives Conference, March 6-8 at the Weston Tysons Corner, Falls Church, Va.

During the conference, Cmdr. James Goudreau explained the critical role of energy to the Navy.

"First and foremost, Navy energy is about the warfighter. Our reason to pursue these initiatives is to deliver greater combat capability," Goudreau said.

"Reduced consumption of energy and increased use of alternative energy comprise the Navy's two-pronged approach to improving combat capability and achieving energy security."

"Energy efficiency reduces consumption and is achieved by modifying the current fleet, changing the acquisition process to consider energy in future weapons platforms, and changing Navy's culture to value energy as tactical, operational, and strategic assets," Goudreau said.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus gives a statement to the media before testifying at a U.S. Senate energy subcommittee on water and power aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers/U.S. Navy/Released

The conference, hosted by the Marcus Evans Corporation, was attended by senior Department of Defense and Department of Energy personnel with responsibilities in the areas of alternative energy, energy programs, installations, logistics, contracting, research and development, project management, and engineering. Two of the additional speakers included Gayle von Eckartsberg, deputy director Expeditionary Energy Office, U.S. Marine Corps and Dr. Srinivas Mirmira, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), a partner of the Department of the Navy for the development of critical technology.

"The speakers at this conference have it right. They understand that we have to value energy differently. They understand the military needs an energy-dense liquid fuel to perform our national security mission. As petroleum becomes scarce and increases in cost, alternative fuels will be critical to addressing a national security challenge," Goudreau said.

The theme of this year's conference was "Embracing a Roadmap for the Future Integration and Renewables for Tactical Effectiveness and Installation Security."

The five blocks of presentations included Achieving an Effective Operational Energy Strategy Across the DoD; Complying with Tactical and Installation Requirements for Increased Energy Security; Assessing the Applicability of Myriad Renewables to Military Operations; Advancing Mission Success with Energy Efficiency Improvements at the Tactical Level; and Designing a Roadmap for the Progression of Renewables Research in DoD Applications.

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