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Posts Tagged ‘energy’

Energy Developer Eyes Growth in Military, Commercial Markets

  • August 12, 2014
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The CEO of a Chattanooga, Tenn., energy developer anticipates continued growth in both its wind and solar projects at military installations as all three services are each seeking to obtain 1 gigawatt of energy from renewable sources by 2025. The Tennessee Valley Infrastructure Group’s primary markets have been utilities, power cooperatives and others, but because it — along with its sister firm, American Helios Contractors — qualifies for federal small business, veteran and disabled-owned contractor preferences, the developer is looking for more success with DOD …

Army, DOE Partner to Shave Energy Costs at Industrial Facilities

  • August 10, 2014
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A partnership between DOD and the Department of Energy launched four years ago to advance the federal government’s push to conserve energy and reduce the use of fossil fuels has found millions of dollars in energy savings at many of the Army’s industrial facilities. Recommendations generated by energy assessment teams organized by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office have helped identify $8 million in energy cost reductions, reported the Army’s installations, energy and environment office. The teams, made up of engineering professors and students from 24 universities across the country, recently completed energy assessments at three installations operated by Army Materiel Command …

Energy Forum to Address Uncertainty Created by Looming Expiration of Tax Credits

  • August 10, 2014
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Investment tax credits for renewable energy projects have played a significant role in the industry’s growth over the past decade while helping lower the price for the end consumer. But with the deadlines to take advantage of the tax credits for solar and other renewables fast approaching, the economic assumptions behind most projects soon may change, raising questions as to whether the Pentagon’s appetite for renewables can be sustained. Next month, ADC and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships are co-hosting a one-day event in Washington that will take a close look at how the possible expiration of the energy tax credits will affect the future of third-party financing for renewable projects on military installations …

With ESPC, Ft. Buchanan on Track to Meeting Net Zero Goals

  • August 6, 2014
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An energy savings performance contract (ESPC) awarded less than two years ago is helping Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, achieve the Army’s net zero energy and water goals, and saving millions of dollars annually at the same time. The $34 million contract, awarded to Johnson Controls, is the Army Corps of Engineer’s only ESPC that includes wind power generation, reported the Corps’ Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. Two wind turbines at the installation will produce an estimated 5 percent of the facility’s energy consumption …

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 …

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