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Posts Tagged ‘energy’

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 …

Ohio Base Considers Converting Trash to Alternative Fuel

  • March 30, 2014
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the University of Dayton Research Institute are discussing a partnership that would allow the Dayton, Ohio, installation to turns its trash into alternative fuel that could power its heating plant and vehicle fleet. “We’d recycle all of our trash, to convert to alternative fuel,” Col. Cassie Barlow, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing, told the Dayton Business Journal. Base vehicles now run on E85, an ethanol fuel blend. Wright-Patterson could save money by reducing its requirement for disposing of its garbage. The installation may also be able to take advantage of the institute’s research into creating biofuel from algae, but that effort is only in the early stages so far.

Report Addresses Key Hurdles to Renewable Energy Development at Installations

  • March 11, 2014
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A new report published by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) offers an overview of the primary decisions facing companies pursuing development of renewable energy projects at military installations. Renewable Energy for Military Installations: 2014 Industry Review is made up of 12 articles, each written by a separate set of authors. The 54-page report is divided into four sections: policy — addressing state utility regulatory risk; and collaboration among state energy offices and DOD; contracting and finance — the Army’s multiple-award, task-order contract (MATOC); creating successful power purchase agreements; and risk in long-term energy contracts with DOD …

Air Force Renewable Energy Projects Advance toward One Gigawatt Goal

  • March 2, 2014
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Air Force officials are envisioning one of the military’s largest energy ventures to take shape at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a project expected to generate at least 50 to 60 megawatts of renewable energy. Last November, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center selected the team of Starwood Siemens, with lead developer Energy Management, to develop energy projects on four separate parcels at the central New Jersey installation through an enhanced use lease …

Army Selects 20 New Firms for Massive Energy Procurement

  • February 23, 2014
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The Army last week announced 20 new award winners under its $7 billion procurement to obtain renewable energy through private sector financing, bringing the total number of contracts awarded in four technologies under the multiple-award, task order contract (MATOC) to 79. The contracts allow the firms to compete for power purchase agreements lasting up to 30 years at DOD installations using solar, wind, biomass and geothermal technologies. As renewable energy opportunities at Army installations are assessed, the Army Corps of Engineers’ Huntsville Center will issue a competitive task order request for proposal to pre-qualified companies for the specific technologies …

Ft. Drum to Be Powered Completely by Biomass Plant

  • February 19, 2014
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A top Army energy official on Wednesday said the service plans to purchase up to 28 megawatts of electricity from the owner and operator of a biomass power plant located at Fort Drum, N.Y. ReEnergy Holdings LLC acquired the facility in December 2011 and invested more than $34 million to convert it from a plant that burned coal to one that relied on biomass as its primary fuel to produce electricity. The company started operating the plant last June …

Officials Cut Ribbon on DOD’s Largest Solar Project

  • February 17, 2014
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Officials from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, local government and private industry last week celebrated the opening of two photovoltaic arrays, the largest solar project on any DOD installation. The 16.4-megawatt project was financed, designed and built by SunEdison LLC on 170 acres of underutilized land at two locations on the Tucson, Ariz., base. The firm will operate the arrays under an agreement that calls for it to charge an economically beneficial rate for 25 years …

Army Corps to Develop Better Tool to Trim Facilities’ Energy Use

  • February 14, 2014
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The Army Corps of Engineers is working on a new analytic tool to help installations reduce energy usage, courtesy of a $1.2 million grant from DOD’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. The Corps’ team will integrate the capabilities of two existing tools to more effectively evaluate ways to cut the energy bill at installations worldwide. One tool is the Comprehensive Army Master Planning Solution Dashboard, which includes facility inventory and meter data; the other is the Net Zero Planner, which provides energy use life-cycle analysis and forecasting …

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