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Army, Georgia Utility Break Ground on Arrays at Forts Gordon, Stewart

  • May 18, 2015
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Officials from the Army and Georgia Power last week held groundbreaking ceremonies for 30-megawatt solar farms at Forts Gordon and Stewart, the last two legs of the Army’s Georgia 3×30 project. In April, Fort Benning hosted a groundbreaking for a third 30-megawatt solar photovoltaic array. All three arrays will provide energy to Georgia Power’s main grid, with the installations continuing to purchase power through an existing General Services Administration area-wide public utility contract. The projects will, however, provide the posts a means to generate power during an emergency. The solar plants — which will be financed, installed, owned and operated by the utility — should be operational in spring 2016 …

Air Force Awards First DOD Contract under ESPC Program for Small Projects

  • May 17, 2015
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The Air Force recently awarded an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to upgrade exterior lighting at Laughlin AFB, Texas, under an Energy Department program intended for small-scale energy conservation measures that can be installed in six months or less. The contract represents the first awarded by a DOD activity under the ESPC ENABLE program. “ESPC ENABLE was designed to help agencies that may have smaller buildings; facilities that are sometimes left out of the normal performance contracts,” said Kurmit Rockwell, ESPC manager at the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program …

Air Force Identifies Millions in Potential Utility Rate Savings

  • May 14, 2015
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Air Force officials have identified more than $22 million in potential savings on utility costs following an eight-year review of utility rates for nearly 70 Air Force bases in the continental United States. In 2007, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s energy directorate found a variety of opportunities to cut costs after it began examining electric, natural gas, water and wastewater invoices and contracts for potential savings. “We found savings in multiple ways,” Nancy Coleal, chief of the utility rate management team, told AFCEC Public Affairs. “Sometimes it was a billing error, sometimes a simple rate change. Every situation was unique; we really had to examine each base case by case …

ESPC to Help Rock Island Arsenal to Replace Coal-Fired Heating

  • May 12, 2015
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In a project designed to save money and reduce carbon emissions, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., will replace its 101-year-old coal-fired central steam plant with natural gas boilers throughout the island. The $22.4-million modernization project will be funded by a 15-year energy savings performance contract (ESPC) from Honeywell. The improvements also will help the garrison address recent changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act calling for a reduction of coal use or the installation of costly pollution control equipment in plants that burn fossil fuels …

Utility to Build Solar Farm at Navy Sites on Guam

  • May 11, 2015
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The Navy is planning to lease almost 200 acres to the Guam Power Authority to install photovoltaic solar panels in eight locations capable of generating up to 43.8 megawatts of power. Officials are seeking public comment on the project after issuing a draft environmental assessment Friday. Four of the arrays would be located at Navy Base Guam in the southern half of the island, and four arrays would be located at sites in northern Guam, reported Stars and Stripes. “We approached the Navy several years ago with a request to possibly utilize their properties, and today we believe we’ve reached a major milestone in our process with the publishing of this draft EA for public comments,” said John Benavente, general manager of the Guam Power Authority …

Ft. Knox Demonstrates Ability to Turn off Grid

  • May 7, 2015
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Fort Knox celebrated its energy independence Wednesday, the culmination of a long-term effort to protect the Kentucky post from interruptions in the commercial grid’s power supply by harvesting the natural gas beneath its surface. The installation’s energy security initiative was prompted by a devastating ice storm in 2009 that cut off power to Fort Knox and much of the state for almost a week. Since then, the post has installed hundreds of 500-foot-deep wells and almost 600 miles of underground piping to heat and cool 6 million square feet of building space with geothermal energy. To further leverage the methane gas underneath it, Fort Knox built six new energy substations that include gas generators to allow it to continue 100 percent of its operations if power from its utility provider is interrupted …

Navy on Cusp of Reaching Renewable Energy Goals, Mabus Says

  • May 6, 2015
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The Navy is on course to consume 50 percent of its shore facilities’ electricity needs from renewable sources by the end of the year, Secretary Ray Mabus said last week. “We’re going to be there on our shore bases by this year,” purchasing a gigawatt of renewable energy, which will be half of shore energy power used, Mabus said during a National Press Club luncheon, reported Seapower Magazine. Generating one-half of its installations’ power needs from renewable sources would put the Navy well ahead of the Pentagon’s objectives for installations to shift toward alternative energy …

Fleet Changes Reduce Carbon Emissions at Fort Gordon

  • May 5, 2015
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Officials at Fort Gordon, Ga., have been replacing the installation’s vehicle fleet with gas-powered hybrid, electric and ethanol-based vehicles in an attempt to conserve fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The post, located outside of Augusta, has reduced fossil fuel usage by 7 percent in the past three fiscal years by trimming gas-powered vehicles in their fleet by 18 percent since 2012, reported the Augusta Chronicle. A 2009 executive order requires a 2 percent annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a 30 percent decrease in petroleum-based vehicles in federal fleets by fiscal 2020 …

BRAC Needed to Help Army ‘Right-Size’ Its Infrastructure, Halverson Says

  • April 27, 2015
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With the size of the Army’s active-duty force steadily dropping, the service needs to conduct a new round of base closures so it can eliminate unneeded infrastructure and direct its funds toward modernizing the infrastructure it does need, Lt. Gen. David Halverson, commander of Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff for installation management, said last week. “In time, just putting off the health of your installations is degrading, and that’s a fine balance,” Halverson said at an Association of the U.S. Army breakfast, reported Army News Service. “You can do it for one year, you can do it for two years, but overall, you will not be able to modernize the capability that we need and so those are the decisions we have to look at now …

Committee Seeks Update on Services’ Net Zero Progress

  • April 22, 2015
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All three services are embarking on ambitious efforts to increase the environmental sustainability of their installations, with the ultimate goal of reducing the consumption of energy, water and waste resources to an effective rate of zero. These efforts — first launched by the Army in 2011 under its Net Zero Initiative — are helping the military conserve energy while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources and enhancing its energy security; reduce consumption of freshwater resources so as not to deplete groundwater; and limit the use of landfills. The efforts also are aimed at saving money …

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