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Army Starts with Geothermal Energy in Making First MATOC Awards

  • May 5, 2013
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The Army announced the first awards Friday under its $7 billion procurement to obtain renewable energy through private sector financing, awarding contracts to five firms for potential geothermal energy projects. The contracts — which provide a three-year base with seven one-year options — allow the firms to compete for power purchase agreements lasting up to 30 years at DOD installations. Individual awards under the multiple-award, task order contract are being staggered by technology. Awards for the remaining technologies, solar, wind and biomass, are anticipated to be made through the end of 2013 …

DOD Office Cleared 98 Percent of Commercial Energy Projects in 2012

  • May 2, 2013
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The Defense Department’s Energy Siting Clearinghouse determined that 98 percent of the 1,769 commercial energy projects it reviewed in 2012 would have little or no impact on military testing, training or operational missions. The other 39 projects are undergoing further study, and defense officials are working with industry, state, tribal and local governments, and federal permitting and regulatory agencies to identify measures to mitigate those projects’ potential impacts …

Green Practices at Alaskan Joint Base Earn Pentagon Award

  • April 22, 2013
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Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, last week was named one of nine winners of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for its efforts to conserve energy and cut its greenhouse gas emissions. The 673rd Air Base Wing at JBER worked with local municipalities and utility providers to convert landfill gas into usable energy for a project estimated to generate more than 56,000 megawatt hours, or 26 percent, of the installation’s electrical load. The plant reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 13,944 tons of methane and is expected to save $73.6 million over the project’s lifecycle …

Energy, Utility Projects Create Potential Liability following BRAC, GAO Finds

  • April 21, 2013
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DOD expects to incur more than $24 million in costs at two installations shuttered during the 2005 round of base closures to unwind renewable energy and privatized utility projects affected by the closures, according to a new Government Accountability Office study. At Fort Monmouth, N.J., the Army paid about $24.3 million to terminate a renewable energy contract involving ground source heat pumps and to install several boilers to replace the heat pumps. The Army also terminated a privatized electrical utility contract at Fort Monroe, Va., but has not yet reached a settlement with the utility over the termination …

Air Force Rectifies Ownership of 1.5M Acres across Western U.S.

  • April 18, 2013
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The Air Force Civil Engineer Center recently has completed a year-long effort to reconcile a 1.5 million-acre discrepancy between Air Force and Bureau of Land Management records over what parcels being used by the service are considered withdrawn public lands. Withdrawn lands, which are managed as part of the public domain by BLM, are tracts that have been withdrawn from the operation of public land laws for military use …

DOD, N.M. Officials Concerned about Impact of Transmission Line on Missile Range

  • April 15, 2013
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A senior DOD official has objected to the proposed route for a 500-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona, saying it jeopardizes the mission of White Sands Missile Range. “It should be clearly understood that no other location exists in the United States where it is possible to conduct flight tests of missile systems with these footprint requirements,” wrote Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics …

Private Sector is Key to Army Achieving Renewable Energy Goals, Hammack Says

  • April 11, 2013
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The Army so far has secured $1.5 billion in third-party investments in alternative energy across its installations, helping it meet its energy efficiency targets. “We are ahead of the rest of the federal sector in using energy performance contracts,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment …

Virginia Installation, Arlington County Talk Energy Conservation

  • April 8, 2013
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Officials at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Northern Virginia and Arlington County have been working together to exchange information about energy usage and discuss new initiatives for conserving energy. For the county, the exchange helps officials obtain aggregate data on energy consumption across the region, reported the Army. “Energy is such a vital requirement for community and economic development that it deserves to be planned for …

Ft. Bliss to Partner with Utility to Acquire DOD’s Largest Renewable Energy Project

  • April 7, 2013
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The Army has agreed to partner with El Paso Electric to acquire a 20-megawatt solar farm at Fort Bliss, making it the military’s largest renewable project to date, the post’s commanding general announced Friday. The $120 million project, which will cover 200 acres and power the headquarters for the 1st Armored Division and much of the eastern portion of the installation, is scheduled to be completed in 2015, Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, the division and installation commander, told reporters. The partnership also would be the first between the military and a major local utility on a renewable project of this scale …

Solar Array Achieves Multiple Goals at Ft. Hunter Liggett

  • April 4, 2013
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A solar array under construction at Fort Hunter Liggett, located in Monterey County, Calif., will meet multiple goals for the Army, providing energy security and helping the post become a net zero energy installation. And for local commanders, energy independence will have an immediate benefit. “Prior to the installation of these solar projects, we were susceptible to power outages quite frequently,” explained Bob Roy, a project engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Sacramento District. “That interrupts the ability to train the troops indoors and outdoors …

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