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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Ft. Bliss Looks to Industry to Reach Net Zero Energy Goals

  • August 17, 2011
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Fort Bliss is soliciting industry to learn about technologies and processes for sustainable and renewable alternatives for energy, water and waste reduction.

The request for information is the post’s first step in its effort to become the first large-scale net zero military installation. Bliss’ goal to achieve net zero status in energy by 2015 and in water and waste by 2018 potentially will require $1.5 billion in investment.

Renewable energy projects at Bliss could lead to the production of over 140 megawatts of renewable energy, reclamation of over 500 million gallons of water per year, elimination of a million tons per year of landfill deposition of solid waste and creation of nested micro-grids to enhance energy security on the installation.

“Fort Bliss is seeking information on a variety of technologies and approaches in a number of areas that can be economically and feasibly implemented through either a combination of public and private investment or through public private partnerships on Army land with long-term pay back through savings or commodity purchases,” said Garrison Commander Col. Joseph Simonelli Jr.

Such investments can be made, Simonelli said, using instruments such as enhanced use leases, power purchase agreements, energy savings performance contracts, utility energy savings contracts and others that are available to Army contracting. This round of information gathering includes nine separate requests for information, including waste-to-energy, wastewater, large-scale energy storage, large- and small-scale wind, geothermal energy, microgrids, solar and net zero homes.

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