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State Provides Funds for Microgrid Project at Camp Pendleton

  • July 14, 2013
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The California Energy Commission last week approved a $1.7 million grant to support a demonstration project of microgrid technology at Camp Pendleton. The effort will demonstrate a set of intelligent microgrids that use community-scale renewable resources within an existing utility grid at the Southern California Marine Corps base. The project will integrate on-site flat-plate and concentrating photovoltaic technology with energy efficiency, energy storage and other technologies to provide reliable power and support critical base functions …

Forts Carson, Bragg Earn Federal Energy Management Awards

  • July 8, 2013
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Two Army posts were recognized last week by the Department of Energy for outstanding contributions toward energy and water management. The directorate of public works at Fort Carson, Colo., received the “Superior Program Award” for its efforts to conserve energy and water. For a variety of energy conservation initiatives at Fort Bragg, N.C., Christine Hull, chief of the operations and maintenance division within the installation’s public works directorate, received the “Exceptional Service Award” …

Pittard Leads the Way to a More Sustainable Ft. Bliss

  • July 7, 2013
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Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, commander of Fort Bliss and its 1st Armored Division, has spearheaded an array of initiatives to increase the post’s sustainability, helping it to conserve energy and water, increase recycling and shift to renewable power sources. Pittard’s efforts have helped the installation trim the energy consumed by its buildings by 27 percent from two years ago, reported the Tribune. Only 1 percent of its power comes from renewable energy sources, but that figure is expected to rise dramatically in the coming years as new solar projects come online …

SolarStrong Project Shines on Holloman AFB Housing

  • July 4, 2013
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More than 600 military homes at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., will be outfitted with solar arrays as part of the latest phase of SolarStrong, SolarCity’s five-year plan to build more than $1 billion in solar projects at up to 120,000 military homes across the nation, the company announced Wednesday. The project will provide 3.4 megawatts of generation capacity at Lend Lease’s Soaring Heights Communities and is expected to contribute to a reduction in energy consumption by the developer’s entire military housing portfolio by at least 20 percent within five years …

Senate Panel Supports DOD Initiatives to Conserve Energy, Test Microgrids

  • July 2, 2013
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The Senate Appropriations Committee said it “commends the [Defense] Department for its aggressive efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and installations, reduce consumption, mitigate its carbon footprint, invest in renewable energy projects and enhance energy security on its installations,” according to the committee report accompanying its fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The panel said it was impressed with DOD’s investments in microgrid energy security and encourages the department to continue to look for ways to promote energy independence at installations through the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) program …

Offshore Drilling Would Not Threaten Hampton Roads Bases, Virginia Lawmakers Say

  • June 30, 2013
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Virginia Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) and Rep. Scott Rigell (R) say drilling for oil or gas off the state’s coast would not jeopardize the defense presence in Hampton Roads and maintain that energy exploration can be conducted in tandem with military operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. The issue is coming to a head as Congress is considering legislation to lift a federal moratorium on drilling off Virginia’s coast. On Friday, the House passed the Off Shore Energy and Jobs Act, which would open waters off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to drilling …

Bill Would Establish $177M Fund for Capital Projects at Massachusetts Military Bases

  • June 27, 2013
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A $177 million bond bill backed by Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to fund capital projects at six military installations in Massachusetts is advancing in the state legislature. The measure was approved by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Thursday and next will go to the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets or Ways and Means …

Industry Focuses on Solar Project at Ft. Irwin

  • June 19, 2013
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Interest is sky-high in the Army’s effort to procure renewable energy from large-scale projects, as demonstrated by the 170-plus industry representatives who braved 107-degree heat earlier this month to learn about a request for proposals to develop a solar photovoltaic plant at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. “This is the most interest we’ve seen from the development community for a pre-proposal event …

Army’s Net Zero Program Preserves Money, Resources, Mission Focus

  • June 10, 2013
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The Army’s net zero initiative is receiving a lot of attention for its ambitious goals to curtail the consumption of precious resources through greater reliance on renewable energy and innovative conservation strategies, but the service’s installations chief remains focused on the bottom line. “If we can become more resource independent, we can become more sustainable, which means we can focus on our mission — serving and protecting this nation,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said last week during a roundtable discussion at the National Academies …

Top Energy Officials to Brief National Summit Attendees

  • May 30, 2013
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When it comes to installation issues, energy has become the most important watchword over the past decade. Each of the military services has embraced bold goals for increasing its reliance on renewable energy and is racing to achieve them. In short, the services are making news at a rapid pace as they announce new power purchase agreements, strive to meet net zero targets for their installations and enhance energy security …

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