DoD Siting Clearinghouse, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations and Environment) (EI&E)

DoD Siting Clearinghouse

Impact of Energy Development on National Defense Missions

The DoD Siting Clearinghouse works with industry to overcome risks to national security while promoting compatible domestic energy development. Energy production facilities and transmission projects involving tall structures, such as wind turbines, solar power towers and panels, and electrical transmission towers, may degrade military testing and training operations. In the national system of ground-based surveillance radars, the creation of "clutter" generated from wind turbines can present a hazard to air safety and surveillance. Wind turbines located near military test and training ranges can also impact airborne military radar capabilities. Likewise, solar systems may present hazards to aircraft and air traffic control tower operations due to possible "glint" or longer duration "glare" reflecting off of panels. Finally, the electromagnetic interference from electricity transmission lines can impact critical DoD testing activities.

Mission Compatibility Evaluation Process

The DoD's Mission Compatibility Evaluation (MCE) process provides a timely, transparent, and science-based analysis of potential impacts to military operations. Once impacts are identified, the DoD works to identify mitigation strategies to minimize those impacts.

The DoD Siting Clearinghouse acts as a single point of contact for Federal agencies; State, Indian tribal, and local governments; developers; and landowners, and provides a central forum for internal staffing. This website is a central location to provide information and act as a resource to assist interested individuals and organizations understand the mission impacts of proposed energy projects near military activities, and the Department's MCE process, procedures, and mitigation opportunities.

Our systematic process is defined in Part 211 of Title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Mission Statement

Protect the DoD's mission capabilities from incompatible energy development by collaborating with DoD Components and external stakeholders to prevent, minimize, or mitigate adverse impacts on military training, testing, and readiness operations.

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment (EI&E)

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