DoD readies new energy technology grants

The Defense Department is getting ready to hand out $30 million in grants to test out cutting edge energy technologies. The Pentagon’s head of installation energy says the department was overwhelmed by the number and quality of proposals it got from industry as it tries to turn military bases into test beds for clean energy technology. The concepts DoD wants to test include smart microgrids and energy storage technology, renewable energy generation and advanced technologies to improve building energy efficiency.