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Microgrids Prove Key as Installations Advance toward Energy Security Goals

  • October 22, 2014
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Construction of a microgrid at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., linking a system of small power plants, solar panels, batteries and diesel generators soon will enable the Mojave Desert base to operate independently of Southern California Edison in an emergency. The installation already is saving $10 million a year in energy costs. Workers started by adding a small generating plant, and then added solar panels and batteries. The base finished construction of a second generating plant this summer. Officials believe they soon will be able to generate about 80 percent of the base’s power needs …

Private Sector Carrying the Load for Army’s Energy Gains

  • October 14, 2014
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Improving the sustainability of Army installations has become increasingly critical as the long-term supply of fossil fuels and other resources becomes less certain, a trend projected to worsen as climate change accelerates. With DOD facing strict spending caps over the next seven years, though, the investments needed to bolster energy efficiency and energy security at the Army’s installations, conserve water and acquire power from renewable sources are coming via partnerships with the private sector, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said Tuesday. To date, energy savings performance contracts have proven to be one of the service’s most powerful tools for cutting its installation energy bill …

Pursuit of 1GW Goal Pushes Army to Pick up Pace of Energy Development

  • October 13, 2014
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The Army’s top energy officials were eager to tout the progress of the service’s three-year-old effort to develop large-scale renewable energy projects with private sector financing. Established in September 2011, the Energy Initiatives Task Force has now been redesignated the Office of Energy Initiatives due to its success in putting together what the Army considers the largest renewable energy project pipeline in the country. “We’d like to see 100 megawatts installed a year,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, told reporters last week. That pace would put the service on course to meet its goal of deploying 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. “Right now the Office of Energy Initiatives is on track and might actually beat that …

Air Force Searches for Partner to Develop 20MW Solar Array at Vandenberg AFB

  • October 9, 2014
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The Air Force has released a request for proposals for a 20-megawatt solar photovoltaic array at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., which will be tied directly into the base’s power grid. The array will span 170 acres on a demolished family housing site and generate an estimated 37,387 megawatt hours of electricity per year, enough to provide 25 percent of the base’s energy needs. The Air Force will enter into a long-term power purchase agreement with the winning developer, who will build, own and operate the system. The developer also will own and sell the renewable energy credits generated by the project, further lowering the cost for the Air Force …

Solar Array at Ft. Campbell Relies on Multiple Partners

  • October 2, 2014
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A partnership made up of the Army, the Department of Energy, a local electric cooperative and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has agreed to develop a 5-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell. Before DOE joined, the partnership amassed more than $10 million for the project, which will be built on 20 acres at an abandoned landfill on the post, according to a press release from the commonwealth of Kentucky. DOE will contribute an additional $800,000 to the project, which will consist of more than 16,000 solar modules. “This is an excellent opportunity for the Army to leverage both a utility energy services contract and a power purchase agreement, to deliver a system that will generate enough energy to power 463 homes, while avoiding 4.7 million tons per year of CO2 emissions …

Army’s Push to Promote Large-Scale Renewable Projects Hits Stride

  • September 16, 2014
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After three years, and two weeks from becoming a permanent organization, the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force’s pipeline of prospective projects is essentially full. The task force, created in September 2011 to bolster the energy security of Army installations and help the service meet federal mandates to shift its reliance toward renewable energy, has identified more viable projects than it has the resources to pursue, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the task force, said Tuesday during a session of the Fifth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum. “We have one of the largest and most defined renewable energy project pipelines in the country …

Army to Elevate Stature of Energy Task Force

  • September 7, 2014
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Next month the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) will become an enduring organization within the office of the assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, a recognition of the critical role the group has assumed since it was established in September 2011. “We’re hitting our stride,” said Amanda Simpson, executive director of the EITF. “We’ve shown over the past three years, through the history of the EITF, that this is not just a viable undertaking, it’s important to the resilience and sustainability of the Army …

Net Zero Energy Installations Poised to Reach Sustainability Goals

  • September 3, 2014
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All nine of the pilot installations participating in the Army’s Net Zero Energy initiative have already made substantial progress in identifying, developing, and executing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the first several years of the program, according to the fiscal 2013 Net Zero Energy Roadmap and Program Summary. The summary also concludes that each of the nine pilot installations has great potential for energy efficiency. The 55-page document includes data on each site’s energy baseline and efficiency, energy audit, completed and planned renewable energy projects and Net Zero Energy roadmap. “I am amazed at the progress Army installations have already made to reduce energy and water consumption, as well as waste generation …

Minnesota National Guard, Local Utility Reach Agreement to Build 10MW Solar Array

  • September 2, 2014
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Minnesota Power will build a $25 million, 10-megawatt solar farm for the Minnesota National Guard at Camp Ripley in central Minnesota under a memorandum of understanding signed last week. The solar photovoltaic project, which would cover 100 acres, would be the largest solar farm on any National Guard base and the largest contiguous solar farm in the state. In addition to helping the Guard increase its reliance on renewable sources, the project also will help Minnesota Power meet its state-mandated requirement to produce 1.5 percent of its electricity via solar energy by 2020 …

Solar Firms Learn Details about Redstone Arsenal Project

  • August 26, 2014
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An industry day held last week for the development of a solar energy facility capable of generating up to 18,000 megawatt hours annually at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., attracted 23 of the 49 firms pre-qualified under the Army’s $7 billion multiple-award, task order contract. The project — developed by the arsenal’s Directorate of Public Works, the Energy Initiatives Task Force and the Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville — represents the first power purchase agreement developed under the MATOC …

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