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Posts Tagged ‘energy security’

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 …

Shift to Renewables Addresses Emerging Issues, Hammack Says

  • August 24, 2014
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The Army’s push toward renewable energy sources is helping it cope with a number of pressing challenges, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said during a recent interview. “That’s going to increase the resiliency of the installation; that’s going to go toward climate change mitigation and it’s going to help levelize the cost,” she said. “We’ve seen volatile utility costs that are dependent upon the costs of fossil fuels …

Army’s Renewable Spending Not Cutting into Readiness, Energy Official Says

  • August 3, 2014
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At a Capitol Hill forum last week, the Army’s senior energy official rejected the perception that the service’s investments in renewable energy are coming at the expense of training and readiness for its combat forces. “We have a utility bill of $35 billion over the next 25 years. The way we’re paying for our renewable projects is to take a portion of that bill, bringing some of that bill forward today to pay for some capital investments and paying it back over time,” said Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability …

Navy Taps Pacific Energy for Multiple Solar Projects in Hawaii

  • July 27, 2014
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The Navy awarded a contract to Boca Raton, Fla.-based Pacific Energy Solutions LLC to provide an estimated 17 megawatts of electricity using solar energy at Navy and Marine Corps bases on Oahu, Hawaii, Secretary Ray Mabus announced Friday. Pacific Energy Solutions will design, construct, own, operate and maintain the solar photovoltaic systems under power purchase agreements valued at up to $500 million …

Navy to Test Wave Energy at MCB Hawaii

  • July 9, 2014
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The Navy shortly plans to test the potential for wave energy to power onshore installations and the commercial grid during a year-long trial in Kaneohe Bay near Marine Corps Base Hawaii. “The wave energy test site (WETS) is a Navy-funded project that supports the research and development of renewable energy sources by providing a location off Marine Corps Base Hawaii to test wave energy conversion devices,” said Alexandra DeVisser, WETS project manager for the Navy …

Microgrid to Turn Hawaiian Marine Base into an ‘Energy Island’

  • June 18, 2014
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By the spring of 2015, workers will finish building a microgrid at Marine Corps Camp H.M. Smith on Oahu, making it the first military installation to have the ability to maintain all critical operations in the event of a power outage. The camp will generate enough electricity for an “energy island” microgrid by adding five diesel generators to the two already there. Those will be combined with a bank of photovoltaic cells on the base’s new fitness center and two large solar carports …

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