Energy independence and energy dominance are two essential goals for our country’s continued security and prosperity. Despite significant gains in homegrown energy technology, America remains far too dependent on foreign energy, sending over $1 billion a day overseas. In many cases, this money goes to adversarial countries and trickles down to individuals who want to do us harm. In contrast, our main economic competitors such as China are investing heavily in renewables. America needs to regain its leadership in the production and distribution of energy to ensure its continued dominance in the 21st Century.
Our Department of Defense and military leaders understand the need for energy independence and the intersection between energy usage and our national security. The military has already begun utilizing renewable and efficient energy technologies, battery storage, and distributed generation at home and abroad. This transition in technology has saved money, but most importantly it has saved lives as less troops are needed to transport fuel or guard fuel lines overseas.
At home, existing micro-grid technology can provide vital protection against possible attacks and weather-related disruptions of our electric grid. For example, hooking up our transit system to its own grid would ensure vital service could continue in the event of a major attack and electric grid failure. We must encourage the adoption of this technology in the Commonwealth to protect our grid security for decades to come.
Additionally, our adoption of micro-grid and distributed generation technologies can help Pennsylvania compete with other states for jobs and investments. After all, both the affordability and reliability of energy plays an increasingly important role in the decision-making process of large companies considering where to put down roots.