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Posts Tagged ‘energy’

GAO Reviews Feasibility Study behind Closing Power Plant at Clear AFS

  • May 12, 2014
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The Air Force’s decision to close the power plant at Clear Air Force Station, located in the interior of Alaska, primarily was based on a feasibility study of alternative power sources, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The agency was asked to review the study before the Air Force closes the plant. Officials considered leasing the plant to a private-sector entity or to a public utility, but none were interested. The Air Force then decided to close the plant after determining the estimated costs to shut it down were significantly lower than the cost of continuing to operate it …

Report Needed on DOD Efforts to Sustain Services during Utilities Disruptions, Panel Says

  • May 11, 2014
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess the status of the military’s effort to maintain mission readiness during long-term disruptions of electricity, and water and wastewater services from civilian utility systems, according to report language accompanying the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. While the subcommittee is encouraged that DOD is focusing on the potential of disruptions in utilities, “it is not clear what efforts the department is undertaking to ensure and promote energy security across its installations …

Measure Would Bolster Energy Security at Installations

  • May 1, 2014
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Legislation introduced in the House and Senate Wednesday would make it easier for installations to invest in measures to increase their energy security. The DOD Energy Security Act, sponsored Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), would establish the secure energy innovation program and require DOD to develop metrics to illustrate the costs and risks associated with a prolonged lack of access to power …

Ft. Huachuca Solar Project to Rely on GSA Contract

  • April 29, 2014
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An 18-megawatt solar installation being developed at Fort Huachuca, representing DOD’s largest solar array to date, will supply energy to the southeastern Arizona post through a General Services Administration (GSA) area-wide public utility contract. Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 155-acre project — a joint effort among the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, Fort Huachuca, GSA, Tucson Electric Power and developer E.ON Climate and Renewables — on Friday. Under the agreement, Tucson Electric Power will fund, own, maintain and operate the project, and contract with developer E.ON for the design, engineering, procurement and construction …

Ft. Hood Honored for Waste Diversion, Net Zero Energy Initiatives

  • April 22, 2014
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Fort Hood has won the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for environmental quality, a recognition of its efforts to reduce its environmental impact and strengthen environmental initiatives. Fort Hood, located in central Texas, was a leader in environmental quality innovation and proactive community interaction, partnerships and training, according to a press release. The post’s accomplishments include: increasing the solid waste diversion rate and introducing a single stream recycling program, increasing recycling by 27 percent in 2013 …

Developer to Break Ground Shortly on DOD’s Largest Solar Array at Ft. Huachuca

  • April 15, 2014
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Construction of a massive solar project at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is expected to begin soon following this week’s announcement by the Army that a collaboration among multiple federal and private partners will result in DOD’s largest solar array to date. The 20-megawatt project is a joint effort among the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, Fort Huachuca, the General Services Administration, Tucson Electric Power and developer E.ON Climate and Renewables. Tucson Electric Power will fund, own, maintain and operate the project, and contract with E.ON for the design, engineering, procurement and construction …

Army Uses Geo-mapping for Renewable Energy Planning

  • April 14, 2014
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In a first-of-a-kind analysis, the Army has gathered geospatial data to identify land on military bases that may be available for renewable energy projects. The goal of the Army Environmental Command’s study was to identify clear parcels suitable for renewable energy projects. The effort was part of a larger goal to make 25 percent of all energy consumed on Army installations to be from renewable energy sources by 2025…

Air Force Reliance on Renewable Energy Climbs

  • April 6, 2014
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Production from renewable energy sources jumped 53 percent from 2012 to 2013 at Air Force installations, with 8 percent of the electricity consumed by the service coming from renewable sources in fiscal 2013, Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, told lawmakers last week. This year the service is planning renewable projects expected to provide more than 31 megawatts of capacity. An additional 31 to 41 megawatts are planned for FY 2015 …

Burke Previews Pentagon’s New Energy Policy

  • April 2, 2014
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Comprehensive guidance for DOD’s full range of energy activities — including operational and facility energy and energy-related elements of mission assurance — will be unveiled shortly, Sharon Burke, assistant defense secretary for operational energy plans and programs, told the Senate Armed Services Readiness And Management Support Subcommittee Wednesday. The policy document follows a request from then-Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to produce a “shared narrative” for defense energy programs, reports American Forces Press Service. “I believe it’s very fair to say that the basic principles already guide our activities and have for some time …

Twentynine Palms Positions Itself to Achieve Energy Self-Sufficiency

  • April 1, 2014
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The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., will become an important test bed for microgrid technology as the installation works toward connecting multiple energy sources later this year. Within the next month, a new 8-megawatt co-generation plant will go online, allowing the base to produce 90 percent of its own energy, reports the Desert Sun. Other elements of the microgrid will include the installation’s existing co-generation plant, 564 kilowatts of battery storage and the base’s installation of solar panels on rooftops and parking structures …

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