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Posts Tagged ‘energy security’

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 …

Ft. Bragg Microgrid to Bolster Energy Reliability

  • June 10, 2014
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Honeywell will build a $3.4 million microgrid at Fort Bragg, N.C., that will bolster energy reliability by networking new and existing backup generators across the post, the company announced Tuesday. Using advanced controls, the microgrid will allow the installation to share emergency generation between multiple buildings, reducing overall energy use by requiring fewer generators to address energy interruptions …

Power Purchase Agreements Could Support Regional Projects, Committee Suggests

  • June 9, 2014
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The Defense Department should build on its use of power purchase agreements (PPAs) at individual installations and consider regional initiatives, according to the report of the Senate Armed Services Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill that it passed last month. “Like housing privatization, regional or portfolio approaches in a contract that will provide energy to more than one military installation may offer the potential for greater savings and best value …

SunPower, NV Energy Team on Second Project at Nellis AFB

  • June 5, 2014
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State utility NV Energy has selected SunPower Corp. to build a 19-megawatt solar photovoltaic power system at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., the firm announced Wednesday. The system is expected to be constructed next year, contingent on contract approval by Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission. The project will be the second major solar installation that the utility and energy provider have built at Nellis. SunPower completed a 14-megawatt solar system there in 2007 …

Ft. Huachuca Solar Project to Be Followed by Larger Ventures, Army Official Says

  • May 15, 2014
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In an interview with Fox Business, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, talks about last month’s groundbreaking at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., on DOD’s largest solar array to date, along with the service’s plans to develop renewable energy sources across the country. The 18-megawatt solar installation being developed in southeastern Arizona will provide 25 percent of the installation’s power needs. The project is not designed to save the Army money on its future energy bills as it will continue to purchase power from the local utility at prevailing rates …

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 …

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