On Monday, Congressman Andrews announced that local small business M.C. Fuhrman and Associates (MCFA) was one of four companies nationwide to receive part of a $40 million federal contract to create quality jobs to streamline the Air Force's energy consumption. The Haddonfield-based company's contract was made possible because of the Department of Defense's pledge to acquire 25% of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2025, a policy that Congressman Andrews championed into law as a member of the Armed Services Committee.
Recognizing that the United States Department of Defense is the world's largest consumer of energy, spending upwards of a billion dollars a day on foreign oil, Congressman Andrews joined other House leaders to find more efficient ways to power our military operations. As part of this effort, Congressman Andrews helped spearhead legislation in 2007 that gave the Department of Defense marching orders to draw 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The bill was designed to create a new $30 billion green energy market in America, limit our nation's dependence on foreign oil, and improve our environment.
Because of this law, the DoD is increasingly turning to private companies like MCFA to help them meet their renewable energy needs. Under their contract, MCFA will help the Air Force locate sites to build solar farms, wind farms, and other alternative energy plants across the country. Once the sites are chosen, MCFA will seek out the very best renewable energy developers to bring these projects to construction, which will ultimately generate a significant boost in clean energy jobs for South Jersey.
"One obvious solution to grow jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil is to generate more green energy here in America," said Congressman Andrews. "This venture between the DoD and MCFA is a win-win, and we are very glad that some of the jobs being created as a result of this law will be right here in South Jersey."
While the DoD has a ways to go before it achieves its goal, with Congressman Andrews' leadership as well as the DoD's desire to be energy independent, America will finally have the resources it needs to achieve energy security and generate the jobs that will sustain our nation's growth well into the future.