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DLA Issues Renewable Energy RFP for East Coast Installations

  • December 22, 2014
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The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy issued requests for proposal last week for the purchase of renewable energy to serve two major load points, one for seven Navy installations in the Washington, D.C., area, and the second for four Navy installations in the mid-Atlantic region. Together the two RFPs could result in the award of 100 to 200 megawatts of electricity from new generation facilities over a 20-year period, reported the Navy’s Renewable Energy Program Office. “Strategically placed renewable energy can create reliable access to energy for DON [Navy] installations and provide a myriad of benefits to the surrounding communities,” said Robert Griffin, executive director of the Renewable Energy Program Office …

Editor’s Note

  • December 22, 2014
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360 will be taking the rest of the year off. Have a safe and joyous holiday, and even happier new year! Look for the next edition of 360 on Jan. 6.

Budget Constraints Squeeze Funding for Road Improvements at Growth Bases

  • December 21, 2014
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Transportation requirements at a number of installations, including needs both on-base and outside the gates, are not being met due to severe constraints in military construction funding, according to the House and Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittees. “This problem is particularly acute on growth installations that serve as host commands for a variety of military departments,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the FY 2015 omnibus spending bill signed into law last week by the president …

Defense Bill Eliminates Army’s Authority to Shutter Arsenals

  • December 21, 2014
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The Army secretary no longer can rely on a pre-Civil War authority to close arsenals without congressional approval, after President Obama signed the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill into law last week. The provision, originally part of the version of the legislation passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee, eliminates the ability of the secretary of the Army to close any arsenal considered unnecessary. The Army has five arsenals: Picatinny, N.J.; Redstone, Ala.; Rock Island, Ill.; Rocky Mountain, Colo.; and Watervliet, N.Y. …

McCain Offers Reassurances about Role of Arizona Installations

  • December 21, 2014
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Following visits to four installations in his state last week, Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) expressed confidence they would enjoy bright futures. McCain, the incoming chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Fort Huachuca represents a key asset because of its military intelligence mission and training facility for drone operations, reported Stars and Stripes. “Frankly I see nothing but expansion for Fort Huachuca in the future because of the type of warfare that we are engaged in against radical Islam, ISIS and al-Qaida …

Fort Monroe LRA Negotiates Property Transfers with Army, Park Service

  • December 21, 2014
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The Fort Monroe Authority is in the midst of negotiations with the Army over how much it will pay for a portion of the property that did not automatically revert to the commonwealth of Virginia after the post was closed. The Army is insisting the state pay for parts built up after the two signed the reversion clause in the 1830s, including the marina and land Army engineers constructed along Mill Creek, reported the Daily Press. On Thursday, the authority’s board indicated they “support the compromise” under discussion …

State Commission Approves Solar Project at Georgia Sub Base

  • December 21, 2014
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The Georgia Public Service Commission last week approved the construction of a solar project at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in southeastern Georgia. The Georgia Power Co., an operating utility of Southern Company, would finance, build and operate the project estimated to have a capacity of 30 megawatts. Georgia Power, which has supplied the base’s power since 1975, and the surrounding community also will use energy generated from the project …

No Draft Required: States Increasingly Volunteer to Support Military Installations, ADC Report Reveals

  • December 19, 2014
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State support for military installations has grown steadily over the past two decades, marked by a sharp increase in the number of states forming organizations dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their bases, along with an expansion in the amount and kinds of support invested, according to a new report from the Association of Defense Communities. Only a few states had military affairs organizations prior to 1990, but now 34 states have such organizations. Much of the growth has occurred since the 2005 round of base closures, with the looming threat to military installations resulting from stringent spending caps on the Pentagon’s budget and significant excess capacity in DOD’s infrastructure accounting for the heightened awareness on the state level of the importance of defense facilities …

Davis-Monthan Solar Array Outshines Goals for Output

  • December 18, 2014
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After its first year of operation, the solar array at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., has far surpassed officials’ expectations, generating more electricity and producing more savings than anticipated. “We expected the array to provide 35 percent of our total power needs. However, our calculations show it is providing well over 40 percent of our total need, and over 100 percent of our daytime energy usage,” said Lt. Col. Brian Stumpe, commander of the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron. “This amounts to a $500,000-per-year savings for Davis-Monthan and the Air Force …

Agencies Would Need to Consider Climate Impacts of Projects, under White House Plan

  • December 18, 2014
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Federal agencies would need to evaluate a project’s impact on climate change as part of environmental assessments conducted for construction plans and other significant actions, under a draft plan released Thursday by the White House. Agencies would follow the new rules when they review projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires studies of the impacts of planned construction, energy development, major force structure changes and basing decisions requiring federal approval …

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