• Leveraging Air Force’s Size Could Generate Further Energy Savings

    Leveraging Air Force’s Size Could Generate Further Energy Savings0

    The Air Force’s push to adopt renewable energy and find ways to conserve its electricity consumption has made a considerable dent in its facilities power bill, but the service still has the potential for further savings if it can figure out how to leverage its massive real estate portfolio. “I would say that at the Air Force, we’re still at the very beginning stages, at least in energy technologies, in leveraging our size and scale,” Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy, told the Los Angeles Times. “We still function as essentially independent little towns all across the country, and we have not yet really cracked the code on how to leverage that scale to drive down prices of these technologies for ourselves …

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  • Cogeneration Plant to Save Millions for Aberdeen Proving Ground

    Cogeneration Plant to Save Millions for Aberdeen Proving Ground0

    Officials from the Army and other federal agencies this week celebrated the opening of a new combined heat and power plant at Aberdeen Proving Ground as an innovation in energy efficiency that will save the northeastern Maryland installation $25 million over the long term and reduce harmful emissions. The new plant, which won’t fully go on line until Sept. 1, replaces a waste-to-energy plant that produced steam by burning trash in an incinerator next to the proving ground’s Edgewood Area gate. The combined heat and power facility — also referred to as a cogeneration plant — produces steam from the waste heat that comes from a natural-gas-driven turbine used to generate electricity for the proving ground. The steam is then used to heat and cool buildings at Aberdeen …

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  • Apex Chooses Partner for Ft. Hood Hybrid Renewable Energy Project

    Apex Chooses Partner for Ft. Hood Hybrid Renewable Energy Project0

    Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy this week selected Houston-based MP2 Energy as its partner for a 65.8-megawatt, hybrid renewable energy project that will serve Fort Hood, Texas. MP2 will provide retail services and serve as the quality scheduling entity to deliver solar and wind power that will supply 40 percent of the post’s electricity needs, according to a press release. The project will feature a 15.4-megawatt (alternating current) photovoltaic solar plant at Fort Hood and 50.4 megawatts of power from Apex’s Cotton Plains wind energy project on the Texas Panhandle …

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  • Power Company to Develop 21MW Solar Facility at NAS Oceana

    Power Company to Develop 21MW Solar Facility at NAS Oceana0

    Dominion Virginia Power will build a 21-megawatt direct current solar facility at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., officials announced Tuesday. In exchange for the use of its land, the Navy will receive in-kind consideration in the form of electrical infrastructure upgrades, according to Navy Public Affairs. Dominion will build, own and operate the facility, which will produce 18 megawatts of alternating current, for 37 years …

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  • Advanced Microgrid at MCAS Miramar to Enhance Energy Security, Improve Load Management

    Advanced Microgrid at MCAS Miramar to Enhance Energy Security, Improve Load Management0

    The advanced microgrid to be built at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is still two years away from completion, but officials already are excited about the project’s potential to demonstrate the value of microgrids. The project, awarded to Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric last week, will allow operations at the San Diego-area installation to continue uninterrupted if the utility power grid is compromised or damaged. But the project is about more than simply providing backup power to enhance energy security; it can also help the installation manage fluctuations in demand and benefit the larger electric grid …

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  • Army Awards $15M Contract for Ft. Campbell Array

    Army Awards $15M Contract for Ft. Campbell Array0

    The Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville last week reached agreement with Baltimore, Md.-based Bithenergy on a $15 million renewable energy service agreement to build and operate a 3.1-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell, Ky. The agreement marks the first small-scale contract awarded against the Huntsville Center’s renewable energy multiple-award task order contract. The 27-year RESA, which covers the second phase of a 5-megawatt array being built at Fort Campbell, is being funded through third-party financing and an $800,000 grant provided by the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program …

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