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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 …

Ft. Knox Demonstrates Ability to Turn off Grid

  • May 7, 2015
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Fort Knox celebrated its energy independence Wednesday, the culmination of a long-term effort to protect the Kentucky post from interruptions in the commercial grid’s power supply by harvesting the natural gas beneath its surface. The installation’s energy security initiative was prompted by a devastating ice storm in 2009 that cut off power to Fort Knox and much of the state for almost a week. Since then, the post has installed hundreds of 500-foot-deep wells and almost 600 miles of underground piping to heat and cool 6 million square feet of building space with geothermal energy. To further leverage the methane gas underneath it, Fort Knox built six new energy substations that include gas generators to allow it to continue 100 percent of its operations if power from its utility provider is interrupted …

Navy on Cusp of Reaching Renewable Energy Goals, Mabus Says

  • May 6, 2015
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The Navy is on course to consume 50 percent of its shore facilities’ electricity needs from renewable sources by the end of the year, Secretary Ray Mabus said last week. “We’re going to be there on our shore bases by this year,” purchasing a gigawatt of renewable energy, which will be half of shore energy power used, Mabus said during a National Press Club luncheon, reported Seapower Magazine. Generating one-half of its installations’ power needs from renewable sources would put the Navy well ahead of the Pentagon’s objectives for installations to shift toward alternative energy …

Fleet Changes Reduce Carbon Emissions at Fort Gordon

  • May 5, 2015
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Officials at Fort Gordon, Ga., have been replacing the installation’s vehicle fleet with gas-powered hybrid, electric and ethanol-based vehicles in an attempt to conserve fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The post, located outside of Augusta, has reduced fossil fuel usage by 7 percent in the past three fiscal years by trimming gas-powered vehicles in their fleet by 18 percent since 2012, reported the Augusta Chronicle. A 2009 executive order requires a 2 percent annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a 30 percent decrease in petroleum-based vehicles in federal fleets by fiscal 2020 …

BRAC Needed to Help Army ‘Right-Size’ Its Infrastructure, Halverson Says

  • April 27, 2015
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With the size of the Army’s active-duty force steadily dropping, the service needs to conduct a new round of base closures so it can eliminate unneeded infrastructure and direct its funds toward modernizing the infrastructure it does need, Lt. Gen. David Halverson, commander of Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff for installation management, said last week. “In time, just putting off the health of your installations is degrading, and that’s a fine balance,” Halverson said at an Association of the U.S. Army breakfast, reported Army News Service. “You can do it for one year, you can do it for two years, but overall, you will not be able to modernize the capability that we need and so those are the decisions we have to look at now …

Committee Seeks Update on Services’ Net Zero Progress

  • April 22, 2015
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All three services are embarking on ambitious efforts to increase the environmental sustainability of their installations, with the ultimate goal of reducing the consumption of energy, water and waste resources to an effective rate of zero. These efforts — first launched by the Army in 2011 under its Net Zero Initiative — are helping the military conserve energy while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources and enhancing its energy security; reduce consumption of freshwater resources so as not to deplete groundwater; and limit the use of landfills. The efforts also are aimed at saving money …

Officials Gather for Groundbreaking for 30MW Solar Array at Ft. Benning

  • April 20, 2015
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Officials from the Army, the General Services Administration and Georgia Power held a groundbreaking at Fort Benning, Ga., on Friday for a $75 million, 30-megawatt solar photovoltaic array. The Fort Benning solar facility is the first of three Georgia Power solar projects in development at Georgia Army installations; the other two solar farms will be constructed at Forts Gordon and Stewart. The array at Fort Benning, located in Columbus, will feature 136,900 panels covering about 200 acres. The farm is scheduled to begin operation in 2016, providing about 40 percent of the post’s peak electrical demand …

State Approves 13MW Solar Project at Camp Lejeune

  • April 19, 2015
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The North Carolina Utilities Commission last week approved Duke Energy’s plan to construct a 13-megawatt solar farm at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The farm will cover 80 acres, and connect to the electric grid at a Duke Energy Progress substation on the base. Power generated by the project will be available to the utility’s customers, with Camp Lejeune continuing to purchase energy from Duke. The solar array, the company’s first at a military installation, is expected to go online this year …

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