Renewable energy is a major focus for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It reduces greenhouse emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. The Corps is using alternative energy like biofuel, wind power, solar and geothermal. This renewable energy mix will provide 25 percent of the electricity used by the Corps. In the San Fransisco District, biofuel is powering the Corps debris removal vessel Raccoon, which had its engine overhauled in 2011 so it could handle B99, a biofuel made entirely from soybeans.
The new fuel is being used not only on the Raccoon, but on five other boats as part of a pilot program to test how clean energy can help fuel the Corps’ fleet.