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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Conference Session to Tackle Gamut of Renewable Energy Development Issues

  • May 19, 2011
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The need to obtain a reliable power supply from a clean energy source is one of the military’s highest priorities. And while that goal is shared by states and municipalities, along with utilities and developers, a number of hurdles stand in the way.

On the first day of the 2011 Annual Conference in Norfolk, ADC will offer a special session that will address a real-world problem facing the Navy today — how to deliver 230 megawatts of offshore wind energy to supply the Navy’s facilities in the Virginia Capes region. Participants in the Innovation Laboratory will take part in a fast-paced interactive exchange among government and industry decision-makers as they try to collectively map out a strategy to overcome the multiple barriers to develop new energy capacity.

After the laboratory leader reviews what is at stake, participants will break into subgroups to discuss the challenges associating with bringing an offshore wind energy project to fruition — Can federal and state regulators’ concerns be alleviated? Can an offshore wind farm be economically viable? What about the potential for turbines to interfere with military aviation and underwater testing and training by the Navy?

The issues raised by the Navy’s goal to develop a renewable energy source echo the problems in other regions of the United States contemplating the way forward to increase the nation’s supply of clean energy, particularly as it relates to many of the nation’s two dozen growth installations.

The Innovation Lab is designed to provide a realistic exercise for companies involved in energy development, community leaders, and policymakers from DoD and the services trying to increase the military’s supply of green energy.

Participants will include representatives from:

  • DoD — the energy siting clearinghouse and the facilities energy office;
  • Navy — office of the assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment and Naval Facilities Engineering Command;
  • Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement;
  • Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority;
  • Dominion Resources; and
  • American Wind Energy Association

The Offshore Wind Business Analysis Innovation Lab will be held Sunday, July 17 at 1:30 p.m. There is no additional fee to participate in the laboratory, but be sure to sign up for it when you submit your conference registration. The Annual Conference runs from July 17-20 at the Marriott Waterside in Norfolk. For more information on the conference, visit our website.

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