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Posts Tagged ‘energy’

ADC Forum to Explore Services’ Individual Approaches to Achieving ‘Energy Security’

  • January 8, 2013
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The Pentagon’s push to protect its installations from disruptions to the commercial grid has spawned a revolution in how the military looks at energy. The drive to reach “energy security” has changed how the military services consider acquiring new sources of energy and how they finance new supplies, and also defined new roles for host communities and utilities …

DOD to Issue Guidance on Financing Energy Projects, under Defense Bill

  • December 21, 2012
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DOD will be required to issue guidance for selecting the financing approach for renewable energy projects, under a provision in the conference report for the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill approved this week. The guidance, which is due six months after the measure is enacted, “should describe the requirements and restrictions applicable to the underlying authorities and any Department of Defense-specific guidelines for using appropriated funds and alternative-financing approaches for renewable energy projects …

Final Authorization Bill Retains Provisions on Renewable Energy

  • December 20, 2012
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The Defense Department would be required to issue guidance for financing renewable energy projects under a provision on the conference report for the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill approved Tuesday. A separate provision requires energy security to be included as a component of DOD energy savings contracts for buildings, facilities, installations, vehicles, and equipment …

Navy Completes Assessment for Oahu Solar Array

  • December 16, 2012
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The Navy recently completed an environmental assessment for a joint effort between El Paso, Texas-based Hunt Cos. and Norway-based Scatec Solar to build a 5-megawatt solar array near the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station in West Oahu. The $30 million project, Kalaeloa Renewable Energy Park, will consist of 21,000 photovoltaic panels on 20 acres next to the Marine Corps’ former Ewa Field. Hunt affiliate Kalaeloa Ventures LLC will sell the energy to the Hawaiian Electric Co. through a 20-year power purchase agreement, reported Pacific Business News. The solar farm is one of many renewable projects the military is planning in Hawaii. The Marines, for example, hope to be off the grid by 2015 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on the other side of the island from Kalaeloa, according to the story.

See up Close How DOD, Private Sector Come Together on Energy Projects

  • December 10, 2012
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Next month’s Installation Innovation Forum will provide attendees a firsthand opportunity to learn how the military services and industry approach energy development projects. A workshop on public-private partnerships will focus on the critical factors needed to make energy projects turn out successfully, highlighting what the military and industry look for when embarking on new projects …

Air Force Meets with Energy Service Firms at Industry Day

  • December 9, 2012
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The Air Force hosted an industry day at Tyndall AFB, Fla., last month for its energy savings performance contract program, allowing the service’s energy leaders to exchange ideas with more than 20 energy service and utility companies about the role of the energy-efficiency initiative and ways to improve its acquisition process. Attendees discussed ideas such as establishing a centralized contracting mechanism at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, educating base energy managers on how to engage with energy service companies and educating wing leadership about ESPCs …

Virtual Storage Will Help Military Achieve Energy Security Goals

  • December 5, 2012
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While the Defense Department has fallen short of its goals to acquire an increasing share of its electricity from renewable sources and trim energy consumption at its installations, the use of virtual storage in conjunction with microgrids will aid the military’s initiative for installations to operate independently of the commercial grid, according to a post on the blog. Microgrids combine on-site clean energy generation, energy efficiency and smart controls to allow greater efficiency and reliability …

Air Force Outlines New Acquisition Process for Renewable Energy Projects

  • December 4, 2012
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Air Force officials are creating a single process for acquiring renewable energy at the service’s installations that will be used for enhanced use leasing projects as well as those that rely on power purchase agreements. The streamlining effort came out of a recent event which brought together representatives from major commands, the service’s installations and energy office, and the newly formed Air Force Civil Engineer Center in San Antonio. “EULs and PPAs previously had separate, complex processes for execution and sometimes the lines were blurred between the two …

Electric Vehicles Could Play Key Role in Supporting Microgrids

  • December 3, 2012
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A new demonstration program at Fort Carson, Colo., will consider whether an installation’s fleet of electric vehicles can support the operation of a microgrid by storing excess energy. Kansas City, Mo.-based Burns and McDonnell Engineering Co. will build a microgrid out of existing electrical infrastructure at the Army post, integrating a 2-megawatt photovoltaic array, diesel generator sets and electric vehicles to provide a self-contained, energy-sustainable capability during electrical grid disruptions …

Authorization Debate Continues as Senators Plod through Amendments

  • November 29, 2012
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The Senate continued its second day of debate on the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, slogging its way through dozens of amendments with a final vote expected by week’s end. Senate leaders are aiming to finish their work on the measure, S. 3254, as early as Friday. Votes covered a variety of issues, including the custody of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, veterans benefits, wartime contracting, military health care and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan …

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