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Posts Tagged ‘energy security’

DOD on Course to Meet Renewable Energy Targets, Researchers Find

  • January 16, 2014
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The military’s reliance on clean energy technologies is accelerating across its installations, keeping it on track to meet its goal of deploying 3 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2025, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The number of renewable energy projects across DOD rose 54 percent from 454 in fiscal 2010 to 700 in FY 2012, according to the study, Power Surge. According to Navigant Research, Pew’s research partner, 384 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity existed at DOD installations in mid-2013 …

Army Selects Firm to Develop Solar Plant at Ft. Detrick

  • November 24, 2013
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The Army on Friday selected Framingham, Mass.-based Ameresco to build an 18.6-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility at Fort Detrick, a move intended to help the service meet its goal of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. The post will purchase all power generated by the solar plant at a cost equal to or less than current electricity costs, according to the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF). The solar PV system will be designed as “microgrid ready,” allowing it to be connected to a future microgrid …

SPIDERS Pilot Tests Viability of Microgrids to Support Entire Installation

  • November 14, 2013
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A power grid testing effort at Fort Carson aims to demonstrate that alternative energy sources can be pieced together to provide backup power for critical infrastructure at a military installation during a widespread power failure. The pilot program, called the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security, or SPIDERS, relies on a combination of locally generated power sources connected via a microgrid to provide backup power to critical parts of the base …

Army to Test Trash-to-Gas Technology at California Base

  • August 21, 2013
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The Defense Department has agreed to become the first customer for a new waste-to-energy technology that it hopes can be used to improve energy security at installations as well as eliminate the need for fuel convoys to serve forward operating bases. The FastOx Pathfinder, developed by Davis, Calif.-based Sierra Energy, relies on a waste gasifier that is essentially a modified blast furnace, reports the New York Times. A chemical reaction heats waste to extreme temperatures, generating synthetic gas which can be burned to generate electricity, or converted into ethanol or diesel fuel …

State Provides Funds for Microgrid Project at Camp Pendleton

  • July 14, 2013
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The California Energy Commission last week approved a $1.7 million grant to support a demonstration project of microgrid technology at Camp Pendleton. The effort will demonstrate a set of intelligent microgrids that use community-scale renewable resources within an existing utility grid at the Southern California Marine Corps base. The project will integrate on-site flat-plate and concentrating photovoltaic technology with energy efficiency, energy storage and other technologies to provide reliable power and support critical base functions …

Senate Panel Supports DOD Initiatives to Conserve Energy, Test Microgrids

  • July 2, 2013
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The Senate Appropriations Committee said it “commends the [Defense] Department for its aggressive efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and installations, reduce consumption, mitigate its carbon footprint, invest in renewable energy projects and enhance energy security on its installations,” according to the committee report accompanying its fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The panel said it was impressed with DOD’s investments in microgrid energy security and encourages the department to continue to look for ways to promote energy independence at installations through the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) program …

Bill Would Establish $177M Fund for Capital Projects at Massachusetts Military Bases

  • June 27, 2013
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A $177 million bond bill backed by Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to fund capital projects at six military installations in Massachusetts is advancing in the state legislature. The measure was approved by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Thursday and next will go to the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets or Ways and Means …

Industry Focuses on Solar Project at Ft. Irwin

  • June 19, 2013
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Interest is sky-high in the Army’s effort to procure renewable energy from large-scale projects, as demonstrated by the 170-plus industry representatives who braved 107-degree heat earlier this month to learn about a request for proposals to develop a solar photovoltaic plant at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. “This is the most interest we’ve seen from the development community for a pre-proposal event …

Army’s Net Zero Program Preserves Money, Resources, Mission Focus

  • June 10, 2013
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The Army’s net zero initiative is receiving a lot of attention for its ambitious goals to curtail the consumption of precious resources through greater reliance on renewable energy and innovative conservation strategies, but the service’s installations chief remains focused on the bottom line. “If we can become more resource independent, we can become more sustainable, which means we can focus on our mission — serving and protecting this nation,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said last week during a roundtable discussion at the National Academies …

Summit Provides Opportunity to See Microgrid on Federal Campus

  • May 21, 2013
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As the military turns to renewable energy to power its installations, microgrids are expected to become a key component of the Pentagon’s approach for reducing its reliance on fossil fuels and improving energy security. Microgrids allow installations to manage renewable energy sources locally and, at the same time, help protect them from potential disruptions caused by utility transmission and distribution lines, and terrorism. At next month’s Defense Communities National Summit, attendees will have an opportunity to tour a working microgrid at the FDA Federal Research Center White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Md. …

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