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Language in DOD Spending Bill Intended to Postpone Maryland Wind Project

  • August 5, 2014
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Language added last month to the committee report of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, possibly could derail a proposed wind farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that many lawmakers believe would interfere with a radar system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The provision directs the Navy to refrain from reaching an agreement with the wind farm developer to turn off the turbines during radar testing at Pax River until MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory completes a $2 million study on the effects of the turbines and options to mitigate those impacts …

Army’s Renewable Spending Not Cutting into Readiness, Energy Official Says

  • August 3, 2014
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At a Capitol Hill forum last week, the Army’s senior energy official rejected the perception that the service’s investments in renewable energy are coming at the expense of training and readiness for its combat forces. “We have a utility bill of $35 billion over the next 25 years. The way we’re paying for our renewable projects is to take a portion of that bill, bringing some of that bill forward today to pay for some capital investments and paying it back over time,” said Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability …

Utah Army Depot to Acquire Second Wind Turbine

  • July 30, 2014
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The Army has awarded a $5.5 million contract for the development, construction and installation of a 1.5-to-2-megawatt wind turbine at the Tooele Army Depot near Salt Lake City. The project is currently in the development stage and is scheduled to break ground sometime in late 2014 or early 2015. When completed, it is expected that the wind project will provide enough energy to power 400 to 500 homes. The Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District awarded the contract to the team of Minnesota-based Juhl Energy, Vermont-based Aegis Renewable Energy and California-based Icenogle Construction Management. Juhl Energy will act in the capacity of the lead design and installation developer and subcontractor. A turbine supplier has not yet been selected, reported Wind Power Monthly. A 1.5-megawatt turbine was installed at Toole in 2011; a solar array became operational at the depot the next year.

ESPCs Offer Energy Savings, Multiple Secondary Benefits

  • July 30, 2014
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While the most obvious benefit of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) may be the ability to fund energy-savings projects and other critical energy infrastructure upgrades with zero upfront costs, the acquisition tool provides ancillary benefits as well, including a reduction in trouble calls, lower preventive maintenance costs and an improved skill set for installation employees. Gene Curtiss, building operation control center manager at Fort Bliss, Texas, believes ESPC projects have allowed his staff to gain extensive knowledge about complex systems they may not have been able to gain otherwise …

Army Adds to List of Solar Firms Participating in Massive Energy Contract

  • July 29, 2014
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Eleven new small businesses will be added to the pool of qualified contractors eligible to compete for solar projects under the Army’s $7 billion, multiple-award, task order contract (MATOC), officials said last week. The announcement represents the final round of solar technology contracts under the procurement and brings the total number of participating solar firms to 49. The MATOC also includes 15 firms competing for biomass technologies, 6 for geothermal technologies and 20 for wind technologies …

White House Touts Agencies’ Progress in Meeting Sustainability Goals

  • July 28, 2014
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Federal agencies continue to make significant progress in meeting energy and sustainability goals, the White House said Friday. The government obtains 9 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, surpassing the benchmark it set for 2013 of 7.5 percent. “We are well on our way to reaching our new goal of 20 percent renewable energy by 2020,” Kate Brandt, federal environmental executive at the Council on Environmental Quality, wrote on the White House blog …

Navy Taps Pacific Energy for Multiple Solar Projects in Hawaii

  • July 27, 2014
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The Navy awarded a contract to Boca Raton, Fla.-based Pacific Energy Solutions LLC to provide an estimated 17 megawatts of electricity using solar energy at Navy and Marine Corps bases on Oahu, Hawaii, Secretary Ray Mabus announced Friday. Pacific Energy Solutions will design, construct, own, operate and maintain the solar photovoltaic systems under power purchase agreements valued at up to $500 million …

Energy Firm to Build Solar Array at Robins AFB under EUL

  • July 23, 2014
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Chicago-based New Generation Power will develop a 10-megawatt solar array at Robins Air Force Base after reaching agreement with the Air Force on an enhanced use lease at the Middle Georgia installation. The firm will sell energy generated by the photovoltaic facility to Georgia Power through a power purchase agreement the two previously signed. The lease payments Robins receives during the project’s 20-year term will be reinvested in renewable facility energy or energy conservation measures. The power generated still will count toward the installation’s alternative energy mandates because it is produced on base, according to James Willingham, deputy director of the 78th Civil Engineer Group at Robins. “It will be enough to sustain several follow-on energy conservation projects,” Willingham told the Telegraph. Willingham said he expects construction at the 50-acre site will begin by September, with the solar plant going online by January.

DOD Needs to Consider ‘Electricity Reliability’ in Project Decisions, Panel Says

  • July 20, 2014
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The military services should account for candidate projects’ impact on “electricity reliability” at installations when making decisions about purchase power agreements, performance contracts and other energy purchases, according to the report accompanying the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill that the Senate Appropriation Committee approved Thursday. The lawmakers commend DOD for its efforts to trim installation energy costs — which total about $4 billion across the department annually — and cited the use of energy savings performance contracts and utility energy service contracts in helping the military save money without the need for upfront federal investment …

Army Deploys with Clean Energy during Maritime Exercise

  • July 15, 2014
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Personnel from the U.S. Army Pacific and Army Corps of Engineers demonstrated the benefits of relying on renewable energy sources during the 2014 Rim of the Pacific training exercise last week. Soldiers set up wind turbines, solar panels, a solar shade and a hydrogen-powered car to generate enough power for 350 people located at a training area on Ford Island, Hawaii …

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