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Navy Set to Surpass Target for Renewable Energy Use

  • June 12, 2015
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With the Navy on course to meet its goal of producing 1 gigawatt of renewable energy at its installations by Jan. 1, five years ahead of schedule, Secretary Ray Mabus is ready to raise the bar.
“I’m not satisfied stopping there. We can do better than that over the next five years,” Mabus said Wednesday at the 2015 GreenGov Symposium in Washington. The Air Force and Army also are striving to produce 1 gigawatt of renewable energy at their installations, but they don’t expect to reach that goal until 2020 at the earliest. To increase its shore installations’ reliance on renewables, the Navy is exploring a variety of alternative sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, hydrothermal and wave energy …

Wave Energy Test Delivers Power to Navy Base

  • June 10, 2015
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A test of the potential for wave energy to power onshore facilities has begun generating electricity at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site in Kaneohe Bay on Oahu. The Navy, Northwest Energy Innovations and the Energy Department are working with a prototype of the Azura wave energy converter device to produce electricity from the motion of the choppy ocean waters, reported ClickGreen. Last week’s success represents a major step for the emerging American marine and hydrokinetic energy industry, as the Azura is the first grid-connected wave energy device producing power in North America to be validated by a third party …

New Energy Roadmap for Army Embraces Resource Challenges

  • June 8, 2015
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The Army has adopted a new strategic roadmap that calls for integrating energy security and sustainability into all aspects of planning, procurement, construction, land use and training throughout the department, including host communities. “This strategy represents a turning point,” Undersecretary Brad Carson and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn said in a letter prefacing the new document to Army leaders. “The Army is evolving from a historic framework that viewed resource considerations as constraints on operational effectiveness to a perspective that considers the critical role of energy, water, and land resources as mission enablers. Such an integrated perspective requires balanced decisions to achieve the greatest military benefit while keeping faith with civilian communities …

Milcon Panel Praises DOD’s Energy Initiatives

  • May 31, 2015
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The Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee commends the Defense Department for its efforts to invest in renewable energy projects and energy security, improve the energy efficiency of its facilities and reduce its energy consumption, according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill. Those efforts, along with the department’s programs to enhance water conservation and to improve the security of installation energy sources, are critical components of DOD’s strategy to meet federal goals for reliance on renewable energy and resource conservation …

Ft. Hunter Liggett Poised to Reach Net Zero

  • May 26, 2015
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Design work on a project to outfit dozens of building with solar panels and install a battery storage system at Fort Hunter Liggett is scheduled to begin shortly, putting the central California Army Reserve installation on a path to net zero energy use. The $22 million project, funded through the energy conservation investment program, includes 5 megawatts of photovoltaic power generation and a 3-megawatt-hour battery energy storage system. The 5-megawatt solar project will include about 500,000 square feet of roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays …

Army, Georgia Utility Break Ground on Arrays at Forts Gordon, Stewart

  • May 18, 2015
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Officials from the Army and Georgia Power last week held groundbreaking ceremonies for 30-megawatt solar farms at Forts Gordon and Stewart, the last two legs of the Army’s Georgia 3×30 project. In April, Fort Benning hosted a groundbreaking for a third 30-megawatt solar photovoltaic array. All three arrays will provide energy to Georgia Power’s main grid, with the installations continuing to purchase power through an existing General Services Administration area-wide public utility contract. The projects will, however, provide the posts a means to generate power during an emergency. The solar plants — which will be financed, installed, owned and operated by the utility — should be operational in spring 2016 …

Air Force Awards First DOD Contract under ESPC Program for Small Projects

  • May 17, 2015
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The Air Force recently awarded an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to upgrade exterior lighting at Laughlin AFB, Texas, under an Energy Department program intended for small-scale energy conservation measures that can be installed in six months or less. The contract represents the first awarded by a DOD activity under the ESPC ENABLE program. “ESPC ENABLE was designed to help agencies that may have smaller buildings; facilities that are sometimes left out of the normal performance contracts,” said Kurmit Rockwell, ESPC manager at the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program …

Air Force Identifies Millions in Potential Utility Rate Savings

  • May 14, 2015
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Air Force officials have identified more than $22 million in potential savings on utility costs following an eight-year review of utility rates for nearly 70 Air Force bases in the continental United States. In 2007, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s energy directorate found a variety of opportunities to cut costs after it began examining electric, natural gas, water and wastewater invoices and contracts for potential savings. “We found savings in multiple ways,” Nancy Coleal, chief of the utility rate management team, told AFCEC Public Affairs. “Sometimes it was a billing error, sometimes a simple rate change. Every situation was unique; we really had to examine each base case by case …

ESPC to Help Rock Island Arsenal to Replace Coal-Fired Heating

  • May 12, 2015
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In a project designed to save money and reduce carbon emissions, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., will replace its 101-year-old coal-fired central steam plant with natural gas boilers throughout the island. The $22.4-million modernization project will be funded by a 15-year energy savings performance contract (ESPC) from Honeywell. The improvements also will help the garrison address recent changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act calling for a reduction of coal use or the installation of costly pollution control equipment in plants that burn fossil fuels …

Utility to Build Solar Farm at Navy Sites on Guam

  • May 11, 2015
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The Navy is planning to lease almost 200 acres to the Guam Power Authority to install photovoltaic solar panels in eight locations capable of generating up to 43.8 megawatts of power. Officials are seeking public comment on the project after issuing a draft environmental assessment Friday. Four of the arrays would be located at Navy Base Guam in the southern half of the island, and four arrays would be located at sites in northern Guam, reported Stars and Stripes. “We approached the Navy several years ago with a request to possibly utilize their properties, and today we believe we’ve reached a major milestone in our process with the publishing of this draft EA for public comments,” said John Benavente, general manager of the Guam Power Authority …

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