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Posts Tagged ‘energy security’

Twentynine Palms Positions Itself to Achieve Energy Self-Sufficiency

  • April 1, 2014
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The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., will become an important test bed for microgrid technology as the installation works toward connecting multiple energy sources later this year. Within the next month, a new 8-megawatt co-generation plant will go online, allowing the base to produce 90 percent of its own energy, reports the Desert Sun. Other elements of the microgrid will include the installation’s existing co-generation plant, 564 kilowatts of battery storage and the base’s installation of solar panels on rooftops and parking structures …

Report Addresses Key Hurdles to Renewable Energy Development at Installations

  • March 11, 2014
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A new report published by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) offers an overview of the primary decisions facing companies pursuing development of renewable energy projects at military installations. Renewable Energy for Military Installations: 2014 Industry Review is made up of 12 articles, each written by a separate set of authors. The 54-page report is divided into four sections: policy — addressing state utility regulatory risk; and collaboration among state energy offices and DOD; contracting and finance — the Army’s multiple-award, task-order contract (MATOC); creating successful power purchase agreements; and risk in long-term energy contracts with DOD …

Air Force Renewable Energy Projects Advance toward One Gigawatt Goal

  • March 2, 2014
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Air Force officials are envisioning one of the military’s largest energy ventures to take shape at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a project expected to generate at least 50 to 60 megawatts of renewable energy. Last November, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center selected the team of Starwood Siemens, with lead developer Energy Management, to develop energy projects on four separate parcels at the central New Jersey installation through an enhanced use lease …

Ft. Drum to Be Powered Completely by Biomass Plant

  • February 19, 2014
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A top Army energy official on Wednesday said the service plans to purchase up to 28 megawatts of electricity from the owner and operator of a biomass power plant located at Fort Drum, N.Y. ReEnergy Holdings LLC acquired the facility in December 2011 and invested more than $34 million to convert it from a plant that burned coal to one that relied on biomass as its primary fuel to produce electricity. The company started operating the plant last June …

Services Explore ‘MilGrids’ to Link Renewable Energy Assets

  • February 6, 2014
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Microgrids are the next piece in the puzzle as the military services strive to increase their reliance on renewable energy and improve their installations’ energy security, according to a commentary in Smart Grid News. “Renewables might be part of the solution, but now we are talking about “systems of systems” — command and control, storage, traditional backup generation, energy conservation, renewable energy, grid-connected vs islanded, market participation, etc.,” writes Stuart McCafferty, president of GridIntellect …

New Power Supply Promotes Mission Sustainability at Twentynine Palms

  • February 4, 2014
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Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in the Mojave Desert recently was hooked up to a new power substation that is fed from separate transmission lines, a redundancy in connections intended to improve the reliability of the installation’s energy supply while advancing its mission sustainability. “A tremendous milestone has been met,” said Lt. Cmdr. James Stewart, the base’s public works officer …

No Plans to Close Commissaries, Dempsey Says

  • January 28, 2014
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The Pentagon has not decided to close military grocery stores, but officials are looking for savings anywhere possible to mitigate the impact of budget constraints, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday. Officials asked the Defense Commissary Agency to assess the impact of reducing or eliminating taxpayer subsidies for the system, Dempsey said. Military exchanges do not receive a federal subsidy, and the same potential exists with commissaries, he noted …

Air Force Unlocks Potential of Landfills to Produce Renewable Energy

  • January 22, 2014
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Following the success of landfill gas projects at two installations, the Air Force plans to examine the 600-plus landfills at other bases to assess their potential for converting methane gas into a source of renewable energy. “The benefits of landfill gas are that we have a ready fuel supply and it burns very cleanly,” said Ken Gray, head of the facility renewable energy program at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s (AFCEC) Tyndall detachment. “It’s a continuous source of power and can provide real energy surety to a base because it runs continuously …

Services Overcoming Hurdles to Expand Partnering with Industry on Energy Development

  • January 20, 2014
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The military’s efforts to rely on the private sector to finance the development of renewable energy are advancing and should allow DOD to meet its objectives for enhancing energy security at its installations, according to a report released last week. Expectations surrounding the service’s clean energy initiatives, however, should be set to reflect the complexity of renewable energy projects, concluded Power Surge, a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts. “It will take time to forge public-private partnerships and conclude the complex contracts associated with advanced energy projects …

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 …

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