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State Commission Approves Solar Projects at Three Georgia Posts

  • October 23, 2014
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The Georgia Public Service Commission on Thursday approved the construction of solar photovoltaic arrays at three Army installations in the state — Forts Stewart, Gordon and Benning. The Georgia Power Co., an operating utility of Southern Company, will finance, design, build, own and operate each of the 30-megawatt projects. All three are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, according to a commission press release. The projects, referred to as “Georgia 3×30,” are a collaborative effort among the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives, the three installations, the General Services Administration and Georgia Power …

Microgrids Prove Key as Installations Advance toward Energy Security Goals

  • October 22, 2014
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Construction of a microgrid at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., linking a system of small power plants, solar panels, batteries and diesel generators soon will enable the Mojave Desert base to operate independently of Southern California Edison in an emergency. The installation already is saving $10 million a year in energy costs. Workers started by adding a small generating plant, and then added solar panels and batteries. The base finished construction of a second generating plant this summer. Officials believe they soon will be able to generate about 80 percent of the base’s power needs …

Private Sector Carrying the Load for Army’s Energy Gains

  • October 14, 2014
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Improving the sustainability of Army installations has become increasingly critical as the long-term supply of fossil fuels and other resources becomes less certain, a trend projected to worsen as climate change accelerates. With DOD facing strict spending caps over the next seven years, though, the investments needed to bolster energy efficiency and energy security at the Army’s installations, conserve water and acquire power from renewable sources are coming via partnerships with the private sector, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said Tuesday. To date, energy savings performance contracts have proven to be one of the service’s most powerful tools for cutting its installation energy bill …

Pursuit of 1GW Goal Pushes Army to Pick up Pace of Energy Development

  • October 13, 2014
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The Army’s top energy officials were eager to tout the progress of the service’s three-year-old effort to develop large-scale renewable energy projects with private sector financing. Established in September 2011, the Energy Initiatives Task Force has now been redesignated the Office of Energy Initiatives due to its success in putting together what the Army considers the largest renewable energy project pipeline in the country. “We’d like to see 100 megawatts installed a year,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, told reporters last week. That pace would put the service on course to meet its goal of deploying 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. “Right now the Office of Energy Initiatives is on track and might actually beat that …

Army Not Favoring Utilities for New Development, Energy Officials Say

  • October 10, 2014
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Several of the Army’s most recent awards for the development of new renewable energy projects have gone to local utilities, but the service continues to maintain a balance between projects awarded to utilities and private developers, its top energy officials said Wednesday at a Pentagon media roundtable. 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 — with the Georgia Power Co. Less than one month earlier, officials held a groundbreaking for an 18-megawatt solar project at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. “So it sounds like we’re doing all our projects with utilities,” said Amanda Simpson, executive director of the Army’s newly established Office of Energy Initiatives …

Air Force Searches for Partner to Develop 20MW Solar Array at Vandenberg AFB

  • October 9, 2014
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The Air Force has released a request for proposals for a 20-megawatt solar photovoltaic array at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., which will be tied directly into the base’s power grid. The array will span 170 acres on a demolished family housing site and generate an estimated 37,387 megawatt hours of electricity per year, enough to provide 25 percent of the base’s energy needs. The Air Force will enter into a long-term power purchase agreement with the winning developer, who will build, own and operate the system. The developer also will own and sell the renewable energy credits generated by the project, further lowering the cost for the Air Force …

Navy Anticipates Significant Dollar, Energy Savings from Pax River ESPC

  • October 7, 2014
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A $27.9 million energy savings performance contract awarded last month to Clark Energy Group is expected to reduce the annual utility and maintenance costs by more than $800,000 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Webster Outlying Field, while reducing energy consumption across the site’s 72 buildings by 38 percent. The project will implement five different energy conservation measures at the outlying field in Southern Maryland, including upgraded lighting, ground source heat pumps, water conservation measures, thermostats and controls replacement, and building envelope upgrades …

State Role to Help Ft. Campbell Solar Array Shine

  • October 6, 2014
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The four-way partnership that came together to develop a 5-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell includes a significant contribution from the commonwealth of Kentucky, the first time the Army has collaborated with a local energy provider and the state on an on-post solar project. The partnership among the Army, the Department of Energy (DOE), Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet amassed more than $10 million for the project, which will be built on 20 acres at an abandoned landfill on the post. The cooperative is financing about 500 kilowatts of the array, with Fort Campbell entering into a power purchase agreement for the remainder …

Army Secretary Praises Energy Group’s Achievements

  • October 6, 2014
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The Army last week formally announced the creation of the Office of Energy Initiatives, an enduring organization within the office of the assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment that will leverage and expand on the momentum and early success of the Energy Initiatives Task Force. The office will serve as the Army’s central management office for the development, implementation and oversight of all privately financed, large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects, greater than or equal to 10 megawatts. “Over the past three years, the EITF has guided more than 175 megawatts of privately financed renewable energy projects through procurement at multiple installations …

Pursuit of Net Zero Goal Prompts Ft. Carson to Expand Water Reclamation

  • October 2, 2014
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Fort Carson, Colo., is embarking on a reclaimed water system expansion to help it meet its goal of becoming a net zero water installation by 2020. The post’s Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club has used reclaimed water from an onsite sewage treatment plant for irrigation since the 1970s, the Army reports. The expansion will irrigate Iron Horse Park, a sports complex and other areas with reclaimed water by next summer. The project involves upgrading 5 miles of existing pipe and installing more than 2 miles of new lines to the system, adding new pumps at the sewage treatment plant, a new booster pump station …

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