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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Army Energy Initiatives Rely on Private Sector

  • October 17, 2011
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The Energy Initiatives Task Force, which the Army formed last month, is focused on bringing private sector investment in large-scale renewable energy projects to its installations, including solar and wind power.

To help the Army reach its goal of attracting $7 billion in private investment for such projects, the service will need to make some changes in how it does business, Richard Kidd, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability, told attendees at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting last week.

“We can’t order the private sector to do business with us. We have to attract it, through streamlined business processes, efforts to reduce risk and efforts to improve the due diligence of our projects,” Kidd said, reported the Army News Service.

On a smaller scale, Fort Bliss, Texas has partnered with its local utility, implementing programs that have saved $2.7 million. The post plans to build a 20-megawatt solar facility in tandem with a 20-megawatt gas turbine, said Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Bliss. The post also is reviewing industry proposals for wind generators that will produce up to 90 megawatts.

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