DOD Purchase of Renewable Energy Credits Under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 [November 27, 2012] [open pdf - 895KB]
"The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA; P.L. [Public Law] 112-81, §2824) directs the Secretary of Defense 'to establish a policy to maximize savings for the bulk purchase of replacement renewable energy certificates (RECs) in connection with the development of facility energy projects using renewable energy sources.' The provision requires that each service acquire replacement RECs through either a centralized purchasing authority within the respective department, or the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). It presumes that either agency brings the commensurate expertise in the RECs to purchase them and obtain the best value for the military department. Central purchasing could offer inherent advantages in efficiency and economy. DOD's executive agent for purchasing energy in bulk is the Defense Logistics Agency- Energy (DLA-E), which operates through a working capital fund to purchase fuel and power for its clients--the armed services and some non-defense federal agencies. Purchasing RECs would logically extend DLA-E's mission (which DLA-E already does to a limited extent)."
CRS Report for Congress, R42840