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PPAs are key to funding – resolves all funding issues



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PPAs are key to funding – resolves all funding issues


Scholtes, 2013 - United States Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer and currently serves on the I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord Complex Litigation Team (Jeremy, “ON POINT FOR THE NATION: ARMY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY,” LexisNexis ) DS

Further, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 n41 provided some additional funding flexibility for these newly mandated renewable energy projects. The 2007 Act permanently authorized a unique financing vehicle called Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs), n42 and then expanded the ESPC funding by allowing, for the first time, the combination of appropriated funds and private financing. n43 This funding vehicle, along with several others such as the power purchase agreement (PPA) which developed around the same time, was critical to the Army's ability to fund these renewable energy projects. n44 Otherwise, significant capital costs would generally be so high that appropriated funds alone were insufficient and the project would never get started. n45 Additionally, Congress established a broad sweeping goal that by January 1, 2025, the United States, not just the federal government, should get not less than 25% of the total energy consumed in the country from renewable resources. n46 The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2007 further charged the services with meeting the 25% of renewable energy by 2025 standard. n47 Whether the average American knew it or not, the beginning of 2008 would be a turning point for the entire country after the President signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 into law on December 19, 2007. n48 Congress and the President provided, in section 806(a)(3), a succinct rationale for why the Nation must rapidly move to harness the many renewable resources available to us:


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