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AFCEC Strategic Plan Spells out Agency’s Vision, Goals

  • September 9, 2013
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The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) will strive to provide “enterprise-wide solutions” to installations and the warfighter as it carries out its mission to sustain the service’s infrastructure, according to the first of three goals in the agency’s inaugural strategic plan. “We seek out opportunities to accelerate environmental restoration, restore useable acreage back to active-duty forces and unlock asset value through energy initiatives, leases or other public partnership engagements,” states the plan, titled “Battle Ready … Built Right …

Solar Project at New Jersey Base to Leverage Crowdsourced Funding

  • September 8, 2013
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A California company is using the Kickstarter model to attract financing for a project to outfit housing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey with solar panels. Individuals can invest as little as $25 through Solar Mosaic’s website to help finance a 12.27-megawatt project intended to provide 30 percent of the power needs of service members and their families, reported the Daily Beast. The project will include 55,189 panels installed across 547 homes …

S.C. Marine Corps Base Relies on Multiple Strategies to Increase Sustainability

  • September 5, 2013
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Officials at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., have employed a variety of tools to conserve energy and trim the use of fossil fuels. A base-wide energy management system heats and cools buildings according to the daily cycle of when they are occupied, Neil Tisdale, Beaufort’s utilities director and energy manager, told base public affairs. The program has networked 105 buildings aboard the installation …

Army Selects 22 Solar Contractors under $7B MATOC

  • September 2, 2013
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The Army last week announced 22 solar technology award winners under its $7 billion procurement to obtain renewable energy through private sector financing, the second of four technologies for which qualified contractors have been named. The contracts 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 (MATOC) are being staggered by technology. Awards for the remaining technologies, wind and biomass, are anticipated to be made by the end of the calendar year …

Army to Test Trash-to-Gas Technology at California Base

  • August 21, 2013
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The Defense Department has agreed to become the first customer for a new waste-to-energy technology that it hopes can be used to improve energy security at installations as well as eliminate the need for fuel convoys to serve forward operating bases. The FastOx Pathfinder, developed by Davis, Calif.-based Sierra Energy, relies on a waste gasifier that is essentially a modified blast furnace, reports the New York Times. A chemical reaction heats waste to extreme temperatures, generating synthetic gas which can be burned to generate electricity, or converted into ethanol or diesel fuel …

Navy’s Clean Energy Initiative to Spur Private Sector Investment, Energy Chief Says

  • August 19, 2013
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Dennis McGinn, the Navy’s newly confirmed assistant secretary for energy, installations, and environment, believes the service’s push to rely on renewable energy sources, particularly biofuels, will advance their adoption by the private sector. “The private-sector benefits are the military’s ability to do some pretty good analysis, to manage risk, and to introduce innovative materials and innovative processes,” said McGinn, who will assume his new post next month. “It significantly lowers the barrier of entry to new industries and new technologies,” said the retired vice admiral …

Navy Studying Feasibility of Wind Power at Groton Sub Base

  • August 7, 2013
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The Navy has installed a 193-foot wind survey tower at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., to determine if wind would be a feasible power source. The tower, located in the Balfour Beatty housing community, will be used to study the amount of wind that gusts along the Thames River, reported the Navy News Service. “The tower will be up for at least a year to study wind patterns and the average velocity of wind in the area in order to determine if a utility size wind turbine would benefit the base …

McGinn Is In as Navy’s New Installations, Energy Chief

  • August 4, 2013
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Dennis McGinn, a 35-year Navy veteran, was confirmed Thursday by the Senate to become the Navy’s next assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment. President Obama’s selection of McGinn, outgoing president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy, continues the Obama administration’s trend of selecting installation chiefs for the military services with a background in energy. The retired vice admiral, who led the council since 2011 …

Air Force Steps up Use of Energy Savings Contracts

  • July 29, 2013
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The Air Force is increasing its reliance on energy savings performance contracts (ESPCS) as funding constraints make initiatives that take advantage of private sector funding more attractive. In recent years the Air Force has been able to use a portion of its sustainment, restoration and modernization dollars to fund energy projects that shaved energy use and cut operating costs. But those funds may no longer be available …

Air Force to Consider Offshore Drilling at Vandenberg

  • July 21, 2013
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The Air Force plans to study the feasibility of extracting oil and gas off the coast of Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California. If officials determine that extended reach drilling is feasible and is compatible with the base’s mission, the Air Force would enter into an enhanced use lease with a company interested in pursuing the production rights. The study, expected to take two to three months to complete, would assess the viability of using “slant drilling” to reach offshore oil deposits …

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