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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. …

Air Force Forum Explores New Opportunities for Public-Private Collaboration

  • May 20, 2013
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Air Force officials and representatives from 75 companies discussed new ways the private sector could partner with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, during an industry forum held at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., earlier this month. In the energy arena, for example, the agency wants to do more third-party financed projects, including energy savings performance contracts, utility energy service contracts and renewable energy power purchase agreements, said Ken Gray, acting energy director …

Military ‘Enlisting the Sun’ to Improve Energy Security, Reduce Reliance on Fossil Fuels

  • May 19, 2013
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The military services have installed a total of 130 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy systems at U.S. installations, and have plans to complete 1.1 gigawatts of new photovoltaic capacity by 2017, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association. Each of the services is aiming to acquire 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025, a response to rising energy costs, potential energy supply disruptions and the need for more secure and clean energy generation and distribution …

Ft. Bliss Is on the Microgrid

  • May 16, 2013
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In a first for the Pentagon, Fort Bliss officials on Thursday turned on the Texas post’s microgrid, a system designed to efficiently harness renewable energy while reducing the installation’s vulnerability to outages to the power grid. The microgrid will decentralize how power is sent across the installation, ensuring that a major power outage doesn’t affect critical operations. It was designed by Lockheed Martin as part of a test effort funded by DOD’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program …

Army Starts with Geothermal Energy in Making First MATOC Awards

  • May 5, 2013
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The Army announced the first awards Friday under its $7 billion procurement to obtain renewable energy through private sector financing, awarding contracts to five firms for potential geothermal energy projects. The contracts — which provide a three-year base with seven one-year options — allow the firms to compete for power purchase agreements lasting up to 30 years at DOD installations. Individual awards under the multiple-award, task order contract are being staggered by technology. Awards for the remaining technologies, solar, wind and biomass, are anticipated to be made through the end of 2013 …

Ft. Bliss to Partner with Utility to Acquire DOD’s Largest Renewable Energy Project

  • April 7, 2013
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The Army has agreed to partner with El Paso Electric to acquire a 20-megawatt solar farm at Fort Bliss, making it the military’s largest renewable project to date, the post’s commanding general announced Friday. The $120 million project, which will cover 200 acres and power the headquarters for the 1st Armored Division and much of the eastern portion of the installation, is scheduled to be completed in 2015, Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, the division and installation commander, told reporters. The partnership also would be the first between the military and a major local utility on a renewable project of this scale …

Solar Array Achieves Multiple Goals at Ft. Hunter Liggett

  • April 4, 2013
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A solar array under construction at Fort Hunter Liggett, located in Monterey County, Calif., will meet multiple goals for the Army, providing energy security and helping the post become a net zero energy installation. And for local commanders, energy independence will have an immediate benefit. “Prior to the installation of these solar projects, we were susceptible to power outages quite frequently,” explained Bob Roy, a project engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Sacramento District. “That interrupts the ability to train the troops indoors and outdoors …

New Air Force Plan Calls for Greater Integration of Energy into Installation Management

  • March 21, 2013
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The Air Force’s new energy plan calls for the service to adopt a more integrated approach to energy management, one that will emphasize conserving energy and achieving energy security at its installations. Two initiatives the Air Force is pursuing will help support its new strategic plan — the net zero initiative and the air base of the future …

SPIDERS Project Demonstrates Power of Microgrids

  • March 6, 2013
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The federal government is using the $30 million Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Microgrid Project to demonstrate how military bases can benefit from installing microgrids at sites where renewable energy technologies are deployed. The initiative, which is being run by the government in conjunction with Sandia National Laboratories, is relying on a three-step program, with each phase extending the project’s scope, reported Your Energy Blog: the first stage already has been implemented at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; a new 146-kilowatt solar system and 50 kilowatts of wind power were added to the existing renewable sources in place at the installation, and the additions were fully tested in January …

Competition for Ft. Detrick Solar Array Prompts Significant Response

  • March 3, 2013
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A solicitation from the Army’s Energy Initiatives Task Force to build a 15-megawatt solar plant at Fort Detrick, Md., generated about 100 inquiries and pushed the deadline to respond to the request for proposals back one month to March 28. “This is the first RFP project that’s put out by the Energy Initiatives Task Force,” Army spokesman Dave Foster told the Frederick News Post. “They want to be sure they get it right.”

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