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Rural Utility Agrees to $7.6M Settlement for Overbilling Ft. Knox

  • April 14, 2015
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Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative agreed to pay $7.6 million to the federal government over charges that it billed the Army for energy-saving projects at Fort Knox, Ky., that should never have been authorized, federal prosecutors said Monday. Prosecutors said the Kentucky utility received $8 million for 20 projects that were touted as saving more than $7 million over a decade but actually were estimated to lose more than $15 million over that period, reported the Lexington Herald-Leader. Prosecutors also cited several incidents in which Nolin charged the Army for projects that had not been approved by listing the costs under unrelated, but authorized, projects …

Ft. Detrick Array to Help Post Meet Net Zero Target

  • April 13, 2015
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Leadership from the military, local officials and a Framingham, Mass.-based energy developer broke ground at Fort Detrick earlier this month on an estimated $35 million, 18.6-megawatt solar array. The project, which calls for the installation of 60,000 solar panels on 67 acres, will help the Frederick, Md., installation take a significant step toward reaching its net zero goals for energy. “We made a commitment to be a net zero community for energy,” said Maj. Gen. Brian Lein, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick …

Army Issues RFP for Ft. Campbell Solar Project

  • April 12, 2015
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The Army last week released a request for proposals for a 3.1-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Army intends to procure a 27-year power purchase agreement for the array through the renewable energy multiple award task order contract small business solar pool. That acquisition will be combined with a 10-year utility energy services contract with Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation …

DOD Intervention Needed to Fully Leverage Partnership Authorities, Paper Says

  • April 5, 2015
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The military services are increasingly relying on public-private and public-public partnerships (P4s) to enhance the military value of bases and deliver many support services more efficiently, but the Defense Department will need to clarify its authorities and establish implementation procedures to fully promote P4s, according to a new paper published by the National Defense University.
“While P4 is not a new concept, it has never received as much attention as it does today as a tool or technique to accomplish DOD missions,” writes author Samuel Bendett. “More practitioners are now being exposed to P4s, and it is expected they will consider them equal to or in lieu of traditional procurement …

18.6MW Solar Project Advances at Ft. Detrick

  • March 31, 2015
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Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in coordination with the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives, last month awarded a contract to Framingham, Mass.-based Ameresco to build an 18.6-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility at Fort Detrick. Under the 25-year power purchase agreement that was reached, the post will purchase all power generated by the solar plant at a cost equal to or less than current and projected electricity costs. The solar PV system will be designed as “microgrid ready,” allowing it to be connected to a future microgrid. Ameresco will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the production facilities at the installation located in Frederick, Md. The firm also will fund construction of a 4-kilovolt distribution line of about one mile in length. The project is scheduled to be operational by March 2016, according to the Office of Energy Initiatives. Fort Detrick is one of the Army’s pilot Net Zero installations; it’s aiming to become net zero for energy by 2020.

SunPower Breaks Ground on 15MW Solar Plant at Nellis AFB

  • March 29, 2015
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Officials from the Air Force, SunPower Corp. and NV Energy held a groundbreaking ceremony last week at Nellis AFB, Nev., for a 15-megawatt solar project that will be built over a closed landfill on the base’s south side. The $50 million project represents SunPower’s second photovoltaic effort at Nellis. The company built a 13.2-megawatt plant in 2007. Combined, the two plants will power base facilities exclusively on solar energy during daylight hours, reported the Law Vegas Review-Journal. “When this solar array is online, combined with our first solar array, Nellis will be host to the largest solar photonics system in the Department of Defense,” said Col. Richard Boutwell, commander of the 99th Air Base Wing …

For Installations, Affordable Energy Storage Remains Holy Grail of Resiliency

  • March 12, 2015
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An efficient means to store renewable energy is the missing ingredient that would allow military installations to keep running in the event the commercial grid goes down, Army officials said Tuesday at an Association of the U.S. Army forum. “Right now we have solar panels that when the sun goes down, the power goes down,” said Robert Sperberg, chief of the facilities policy division in the office of the assistant chief of staff for installation management. “We’re 98 percent dependent on the grid,” Sperberg said. “What happens to the grid, happens to the installation, happens to our ability to serve …

Community of Stakeholders Needed to Support Installations’ Net Zero Initiative

  • March 2, 2015
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To ensure its success, the Army’s Net Zero Initiative — an effort to reduce the consumption of energy, water and waste resources to an effective rate of zero — requires the support of a variety of stakeholders, including contractors, utility providers, municipalities, residents and regulatory agencies, according to the latest article published in the Journal of Defense Communities. Since the 17 pilot installations participating in the initiative were selected four years ago, these stakeholders have been collaborating with installation officials to realize the Army’s goals of slashing energy use and producing energy onsite from renewable sources, trimming water use while sustaining the local aquifer, and reducing solid waste streams. Carrying out Net Zero waste programs, for instance, requires greater interaction between the installation and local municipalities as the post may not have sufficient quantities of materials to make a recycling initiative viable …

Air Force Picks Schneider Electric for Energy Savings Contract at Robins AFB

  • March 2, 2015
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The Air Force has selected Schneider Electric Buildings Americas to implement an energy savings performance contract at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The scope of the ESPC includes optimizing or decentralizing a central steam heating plant; installing industrial control systems to coordinate all heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting and hot water systems for each facility; creating a net zero energy complex within the dormitory area; and retro-commissioning up to 40 other facilities across the base …

Native Landscaping, Drip Irrigation Slashes Water Use at Laughlin AFB

  • February 25, 2015
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With this month’s completion of the first phase of a water conservation project at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, the installation is one step closer to saving more than 61 million gallons of water per year and an estimated $500,000 in annual utility and maintenance costs. The project employs xeriscaping, the process of removing conventional landscaping and replacing it with native, drought-tolerant plants and rock features, and a centrally controlled drip line irrigation system. The approach has been carried out at a number of other Air Force installations, reported AFCEC Public Affairs. Prior to the project, Laughlin consumed an average of 216 million gallons of potable water each year, much of it through conventional manual irrigation of base landscaping …

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