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Posts Tagged ‘energy’

Mapping Tool Helps Navy Monitor Facility Energy Use

  • September 21, 2014
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An interactive mapping tool that allows personnel to visualize the energy consumption at facilities is helping Navy officials improve energy efficiency at their installations. The Navy shore geospatial energy module (NSGEM) provides building-level transparency of energy use data throughout every Navy installation, reports the public affairs office for Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). The tool will lead to changes in behavior as it allows personnel to identify areas for improvement while monitoring their progress toward reduction goals, said Sandrine Schultz, creator of NSGEM and the energy program manager for CNIC. “While the primary function of the NSGEM is heightened energy awareness and easier accessibility of energy consumption information, the end goal is to increase data credibility while identifying potential savings on energy consumption,” Schultz said. “Geospatial capabilities are changing the way that we all do business,” she said.

Federal Partnership to Train Veterans for Solar Industry Jobs

  • September 18, 2014
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The Energy Department will launch a veterans’ job training pilot project at up to three military installations this fall to train veterans for jobs in the solar industry, the White House announced Thursday. The pilot project will rely on DOE’s network of more than 400 community college-based solar training institutions to train veterans for jobs in solar system design, installation, sales and inspection, according to a White House fact sheet. The White House announced the project as part of more than a dozen executive actions to advance the deployment of solar energy and promote energy efficiency. In April, the administration launched the Capital Solar Challenge, directing federal agencies, military installations and federally subsidized complexes to identify opportunities to deploy solar energy at federal locations across the National Capital region. The General Services Administration is hosting an industry day on Oct. 23 to discuss potential opportunities and explain its procurement approach to developers and investors.

Pentagon Names New Facilities Energy Director

  • September 16, 2014
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Lisa Jung, who has been serving as the acting director of DOD’s facilities energy and privatization directorate, was named the office’s director, the department announced Tuesday. Jung also was appointed to the Senior Executive Service. She has served as the acting director since earlier this year after Joe Sikes left the position. Jung previously served as a program analyst in the department. The facilities energy and privatization directorate, part of the office of the deputy undersecretary for installations and energy, is responsible for issuing facility energy policy and guidance, coordinating the department’s facility energy strategy, engaging with DOD components and coordinating all congressional reports related to facility energy.

Army’s Push to Promote Large-Scale Renewable Projects Hits Stride

  • September 16, 2014
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After three years, and two weeks from becoming a permanent organization, the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force’s pipeline of prospective projects is essentially full. The task force, created in September 2011 to bolster the energy security of Army installations and help the service meet federal mandates to shift its reliance toward renewable energy, has identified more viable projects than it has the resources to pursue, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the task force, said Tuesday during a session of the Fifth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum. “We have one of the largest and most defined renewable energy project pipelines in the country …

Army to Elevate Stature of Energy Task Force

  • September 7, 2014
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Next month the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) will become an enduring organization within the office of the assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, a recognition of the critical role the group has assumed since it was established in September 2011. “We’re hitting our stride,” said Amanda Simpson, executive director of the EITF. “We’ve shown over the past three years, through the history of the EITF, that this is not just a viable undertaking, it’s important to the resilience and sustainability of the Army …

Turbines Power Groundwater Cleanup at Massachusetts Base

  • September 3, 2014
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Three wind turbines at Joint Base Cape Cod, Mass., are powering the equipment used to purify a dozen groundwater contamination sites, shaving the Air Force’s energy bill by as much as $2.5 million annually. The project requires a tremendous amount of energy as it is consists of 4,300 monitoring wells, 27 miles of pipeline and nine water treatment plants, reported Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs. The agency has spent nearly two decades remediating the groundwater at the installation …

Net Zero Energy Installations Poised to Reach Sustainability Goals

  • September 3, 2014
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All nine of the pilot installations participating in the Army’s Net Zero Energy initiative have already made substantial progress in identifying, developing, and executing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the first several years of the program, according to the fiscal 2013 Net Zero Energy Roadmap and Program Summary. The summary also concludes that each of the nine pilot installations has great potential for energy efficiency. The 55-page document includes data on each site’s energy baseline and efficiency, energy audit, completed and planned renewable energy projects and Net Zero Energy roadmap. “I am amazed at the progress Army installations have already made to reduce energy and water consumption, as well as waste generation …

Minnesota National Guard, Local Utility Reach Agreement to Build 10MW Solar Array

  • September 2, 2014
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Minnesota Power will build a $25 million, 10-megawatt solar farm for the Minnesota National Guard at Camp Ripley in central Minnesota under a memorandum of understanding signed last week. The solar photovoltaic project, which would cover 100 acres, would be the largest solar farm on any National Guard base and the largest contiguous solar farm in the state. In addition to helping the Guard increase its reliance on renewable sources, the project also will help Minnesota Power meet its state-mandated requirement to produce 1.5 percent of its electricity via solar energy by 2020 …

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 …

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