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Posts Tagged ‘energy security’

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. …

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 …

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