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DOD Energy Consumption Hits Record Low

  • February 11, 2015
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Energy use by the Defense Department, including both installation and operational energy, in fiscal 2013 fell to the lowest level recorded since at least FY 1975, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration. DOD’s overall share of federal energy usage dropped from 87 percent in 1975 to 78 percent in 2013. Installation energy — which includes the energy required to operate installations, including energy required by non-combat vehicles — accounts for 30 percent of the department’s consumption. The agency attributed the decline to a handful of policy initiatives, along with the drawdown of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan …

Downsizing Has an Upside for Energy Efficiency

  • February 10, 2015
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Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, learned about several initiatives that are improving sustainability at Fort Campbell, Ky., during a visit last week. The relocation of the post’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy moved the school from an aging facility dating from World War II to a newly renovated building that is more energy efficient and cheaper to maintain, reported the Fort Campbell Courier. “They were in old World War II wood buildings that were failing,” Hammack said. “We were able to move them to something that was a lot better …

Changing Behavior Represents Next Frontier in Reaching Military’s Energy Goals

  • February 4, 2015
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The Navy and Marine Corps are tapping into of the hottest trends in academic research to help slash their expenditures on fuel and electricity — using psychology and the behavioral sciences to influence people to save energy by changing their habits and practices. “The opportunities that we see on the behavioral side of the house are phenomenal,” Marine Corps regimental commander Col. Jim Caley told the Washington Post. “And they’re frankly less expensive than us trying to buy new equipment.” While Caley is focused on trimming fuel use by Marine Corps vehicles, equipment and outposts during deployments, Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, is working with two behavioral science experts …

Duke Energy to Build 13MW Solar Farm at Camp Lejeune

  • January 25, 2015
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Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electric power holding company, is working with the Navy to build a 13-megawatt solar facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in eastern North Carolina, the company’s first solar project at a military installation. The photovoltaic plant would 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 farm, which will be owned and operated by Duke, is expected online in 2015 …

Utility Plans to Build Solar Plants at Three Florida Airfields

  • January 22, 2015
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Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Georgia-based Southern Co., is planning to build a total of 120 megawatts of solar power at three military facilities on the tip of the Florida Panhandle — Eglin Air Force Base and the Navy’s Holley and Saufley fields. If the solar farms are approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, the project’s developer, HelioSage, would begin construction in February 2016. The three plants would be expected to come online beginning in December 2016. The planned capacity for each of the solar farms is as follows: Eglin AFB in Fort Walton Beach (30 megawatts); Holley Field in Navarre (40 megawatts); and Saufley Field in Pensacola (50 megawatts) …

Landfill Gas Plant Helps Power JB Elmendorf-Richardson

  • January 12, 2015
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While solar power may not be viable in Alaska, officials at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage are generating a significant share of their energy needs through renewable sources. A landfill gas plant on the installation generates more than 56,000 megawatt-hours, or 26 percent of the installation’s electrical load, relying on the Anchorage municipal solid waste landfill adjacent to the base, reported the joint base’s public affairs office. The plant, which primarily uses methane, is allowing the installation to exceed a federal goal of obtaining 7.5 percent of its electric consumption from renewable sources …

State-of-the Art Street Lighting at Brunswick Landing to Generate Hefty Energy Savings

  • January 8, 2015
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New street lighting installed at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine, features dimming controls that are expected to trim the LRA’s energy and maintenance costs by 80 percent. The project — which upgraded 650 street and area lights with new LED fixtures and radio frequency-enabled control and monitoring systems at Brunswick Landing — was developed and financed by Pemco Holdings LLC. The effort did not require any upfront capital from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority; it will be paid for from savings generated by the program over a 10-year period …

DLA Issues Renewable Energy RFP for East Coast Installations

  • December 22, 2014
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The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy issued requests for proposal last week for the purchase of renewable energy to serve two major load points, one for seven Navy installations in the Washington, D.C., area, and the second for four Navy installations in the mid-Atlantic region. Together the two RFPs could result in the award of 100 to 200 megawatts of electricity from new generation facilities over a 20-year period, reported the Navy’s Renewable Energy Program Office. “Strategically placed renewable energy can create reliable access to energy for DON [Navy] installations and provide a myriad of benefits to the surrounding communities,” said Robert Griffin, executive director of the Renewable Energy Program Office …

State Commission Approves Solar Project at Georgia Sub Base

  • December 21, 2014
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The Georgia Public Service Commission last week approved the construction of a solar project at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in southeastern Georgia. The Georgia Power Co., an operating utility of Southern Company, would finance, build and operate the project estimated to have a capacity of 30 megawatts. Georgia Power, which has supplied the base’s power since 1975, and the surrounding community also will use energy generated from the project …

Davis-Monthan Solar Array Outshines Goals for Output

  • December 18, 2014
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After its first year of operation, the solar array at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., has far surpassed officials’ expectations, generating more electricity and producing more savings than anticipated. “We expected the array to provide 35 percent of our total power needs. However, our calculations show it is providing well over 40 percent of our total need, and over 100 percent of our daytime energy usage,” said Lt. Col. Brian Stumpe, commander of the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron. “This amounts to a $500,000-per-year savings for Davis-Monthan and the Air Force …

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