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Ft. Bliss to Partner with Utility to Acquire DOD’s Largest Renewable Energy Project

  • April 7, 2013
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The Army has agreed to partner with El Paso Electric to acquire a 20-megawatt solar farm at Fort Bliss, making it the military’s largest renewable project to date, the post’s commanding general announced Friday. The $120 million project, which will cover 200 acres and power the headquarters for the 1st Armored Division and much of the eastern portion of the installation, is scheduled to be completed in 2015, Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, the division and installation commander, told reporters. The partnership also would be the first between the military and a major local utility on a renewable project of this scale …

Solar Array Achieves Multiple Goals at Ft. Hunter Liggett

  • April 4, 2013
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A solar array under construction at Fort Hunter Liggett, located in Monterey County, Calif., will meet multiple goals for the Army, providing energy security and helping the post become a net zero energy installation. And for local commanders, energy independence will have an immediate benefit. “Prior to the installation of these solar projects, we were susceptible to power outages quite frequently,” explained Bob Roy, a project engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Sacramento District. “That interrupts the ability to train the troops indoors and outdoors …

Air Force on Path to Reach Goal for Reliance on Renewable Energy

  • March 24, 2013
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The Air Force is on track to meet its goal of obtaining 25 percent of its electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2025, officials said last week. Last year, 5.5 percent of the Air Force’s electricity came from renewable energy sources. The service also has trimmed its facility energy intensity by more than 21 percent since 2003, and it remains on track to reach its goal of reducing energy intensity by 37.5 percent by 2020 …

New Air Force Plan Calls for Greater Integration of Energy into Installation Management

  • March 21, 2013
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The Air Force’s new energy plan calls for the service to adopt a more integrated approach to energy management, one that will emphasize conserving energy and achieving energy security at its installations. Two initiatives the Air Force is pursuing will help support its new strategic plan — the net zero initiative and the air base of the future …

Agencies Have Improved Permitting Process for Renewable Energy Projects, GAO Finds

  • March 17, 2013
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Federal land management agencies — primarily the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management — have taken multiple steps since the Energy Policy Act was enacted in August 2005 to meet the legislation’s goal of approving projects capable of generating 10,000 megawatts of electricity on public lands by 2015, a new study by the Government Accountability Office found. To date, BLM has approved projects with the capacity to generate 5,450 megawatts of electricity, when counting those applied for after the legislation became law. Since August 2005, land management agencies have approved 25 utility-scale, renewable energy projects — seven wind, 10 solar and eight geothermal …

SPIDERS Project Demonstrates Power of Microgrids

  • March 6, 2013
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The federal government is using the $30 million Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Microgrid Project to demonstrate how military bases can benefit from installing microgrids at sites where renewable energy technologies are deployed. The initiative, which is being run by the government in conjunction with Sandia National Laboratories, is relying on a three-step program, with each phase extending the project’s scope, reported Your Energy Blog: the first stage already has been implemented at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; a new 146-kilowatt solar system and 50 kilowatts of wind power were added to the existing renewable sources in place at the installation, and the additions were fully tested in January …

Competition for Ft. Detrick Solar Array Prompts Significant Response

  • March 3, 2013
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A solicitation from the Army’s Energy Initiatives Task Force to build a 15-megawatt solar plant at Fort Detrick, Md., generated about 100 inquiries and pushed the deadline to respond to the request for proposals back one month to March 28. “This is the first RFP project that’s put out by the Energy Initiatives Task Force,” Army spokesman Dave Foster told the Frederick News Post. “They want to be sure they get it right.”

Recycling Construction Debris Helps DOD Meet Sustainability Goals

  • February 18, 2013
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The military’s push to reduce its environmental footprint has prompted a multitude of changes, from following commercial practices for increasing the energy efficiency of its buildings to partnering with industry to develop large-scale renewable energy projects on its installations. One recent success has been DOD’s effort to recycle construction and demolition debris. In fiscal 2011, the military diverted 77 percent of its construction debris by relying on several strategies …

Pentagon Strives to Shave $4B Annual Energy Bill for Facilities

  • February 11, 2013
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The Pentagon’s primary sustainability goals for fiscal 2013 will be to reduce its use of facility energy and to improve the energy security of its installations, according to the department’s fiscal 2012 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. To meet those goals, DOD budgeted $1.1 billion for energy conservation and efficiency in fiscal 2013, and will direct almost all of those funds to retrofit existing buildings. One of the chief tools for accomplishing those projects is the Energy Conservation Investment Program, which “DOD is reshaping to support projects that will have a major impact on the services’ energy efficiency and/or security, but that may not be justified under their internal funding strategies …

Marine Corps Alerts Officials in Eastern N.C. to Threat from Turbines

  • February 10, 2013
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Marine Corps representatives last week briefed commissioners and planners from Pamlico County, located on the coast of North Carolina, about the possible ways a wind farm could interfere with flight operations at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. The representatives from Marine Corps Installations East told the county officials that tall wind turbines present a threat of collision to low-flying aircraft and can hamper the use of radar …

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