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Posts Tagged ‘energy’

Solar Firms Learn Details about Redstone Arsenal Project

  • August 26, 2014
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An industry day held last week for the development of a solar energy facility capable of generating up to 18,000 megawatt hours annually at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., attracted 23 of the 49 firms pre-qualified under the Army’s $7 billion multiple-award, task order contract. The project — developed by the arsenal’s Directorate of Public Works, the Energy Initiatives Task Force and the Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville — represents the first power purchase agreement developed under the MATOC …

APG, Constellation Form R&D Partnership to Explore Geothermal, Other Energy Options

  • August 24, 2014
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Army Test and Evaluation Command and energy supplier Constellation Retail signed a three-year cooperative research and development agreement earlier this month to pursue geothermal energy and other sustainable solutions to reduce energy consumption at Aberdeen Proving Ground in northeastern Maryland. So far the cooperative program is in the early stages of R&D, according to ATEC spokeswoman Andricka Thomas. “It’s the beginning of something we hope will show us another way to conserve energy, but right now we’re learning …

Shift to Renewables Addresses Emerging Issues, Hammack Says

  • August 24, 2014
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The Army’s push toward renewable energy sources is helping it cope with a number of pressing challenges, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said during a recent interview. “That’s going to increase the resiliency of the installation; that’s going to go toward climate change mitigation and it’s going to help levelize the cost,” she said. “We’ve seen volatile utility costs that are dependent upon the costs of fossil fuels …

Georgia Utility to Add Sub Base to Its Military Portfolio

  • August 14, 2014
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The Georgia Power Co. is planning to build a solar energy project at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in southeastern Georgia, making it the fourth solar project the utility is planning to develop at a military installation in the state. In May, the Army announced plans to develop 30-megawatt, alternating current, solar photovoltaic arrays at three installations in the state — Forts Stewart, Gordon and Benning. “The Navy is following the Army’s footsteps,” said Norrie McKenzie, vice president of renewable energy development for Georgia Power …

Army Green Lights Ft. Bliss Initiatives to Achieve Net Zero Goals

  • August 14, 2014
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Fort Bliss, Texas, will go ahead with a series of energy, water and solid waste sustainability projects it proposed under the Army’s Net Zero initiative, according to the record of decision published Wednesday in the Federal Register. The projects that can be carried out include: implementation of conservation policies and procedures; development of up to 300 acres for dry-cooled concentrating solar power technology in the South Training Area; construction of a water pipeline onto Ft. Bliss, working with El Paso to reclaim gray water for secondary installation uses; construction and operation of a waste-to-energy plant …

Energy Developer Eyes Growth in Military, Commercial Markets

  • August 12, 2014
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The CEO of a Chattanooga, Tenn., energy developer anticipates continued growth in both its wind and solar projects at military installations as all three services are each seeking to obtain 1 gigawatt of energy from renewable sources by 2025. The Tennessee Valley Infrastructure Group’s primary markets have been utilities, power cooperatives and others, but because it — along with its sister firm, American Helios Contractors — qualifies for federal small business, veteran and disabled-owned contractor preferences, the developer is looking for more success with DOD …

Army, DOE Partner to Shave Energy Costs at Industrial Facilities

  • August 10, 2014
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A partnership between DOD and the Department of Energy launched four years ago to advance the federal government’s push to conserve energy and reduce the use of fossil fuels has found millions of dollars in energy savings at many of the Army’s industrial facilities. Recommendations generated by energy assessment teams organized by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office have helped identify $8 million in energy cost reductions, reported the Army’s installations, energy and environment office. The teams, made up of engineering professors and students from 24 universities across the country, recently completed energy assessments at three installations operated by Army Materiel Command …

Energy Forum to Address Uncertainty Created by Looming Expiration of Tax Credits

  • August 10, 2014
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Investment tax credits for renewable energy projects have played a significant role in the industry’s growth over the past decade while helping lower the price for the end consumer. But with the deadlines to take advantage of the tax credits for solar and other renewables fast approaching, the economic assumptions behind most projects soon may change, raising questions as to whether the Pentagon’s appetite for renewables can be sustained. Next month, ADC and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships are co-hosting a one-day event in Washington that will take a close look at how the possible expiration of the energy tax credits will affect the future of third-party financing for renewable projects on military installations …

With ESPC, Ft. Buchanan on Track to Meeting Net Zero Goals

  • August 6, 2014
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An energy savings performance contract (ESPC) awarded less than two years ago is helping Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, achieve the Army’s net zero energy and water goals, and saving millions of dollars annually at the same time. The $34 million contract, awarded to Johnson Controls, is the Army Corps of Engineer’s only ESPC that includes wind power generation, reported the Corps’ Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. Two wind turbines at the installation will produce an estimated 5 percent of the facility’s energy consumption …

Language in DOD Spending Bill Intended to Postpone Maryland Wind Project

  • August 5, 2014
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Language added last month to the committee report of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, possibly could derail a proposed wind farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that many lawmakers believe would interfere with a radar system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The provision directs the Navy to refrain from reaching an agreement with the wind farm developer to turn off the turbines during radar testing at Pax River until MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory completes a $2 million study on the effects of the turbines and options to mitigate those impacts …

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