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Posts Tagged ‘energy security’

Massachusetts to Assess State’s Bases for Clean Energy Opportunities

  • January 17, 2013
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The commonwealth of Massachusetts will fund a program to conduct comprehensive energy audits at each of its six military installations as part of a first-of-its-kind initiative to identify opportunities for renewable energy development, officials announced Thursday. The effort is intended to help the Defense Department achieve two of its key priorities — reducing base operating costs and boosting energy security — and builds on the state’s leadership in promoting energy efficiency and clean energy …

Study Projects Steady Growth in DOD’s Use of Microgrids

  • January 14, 2013
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The capacity of microgrids at DOD installations is estimated to reach 55 megawatts by 2018, according to a recent report from Pike Research. While the Marine Corps has shown the fastest initial growth spurt in microgrid capacity, because of its sheer size the Army is expected to experience the largest increase in annual capacity over time. More than 40 bases either have operating microgrids or are planning and demonstrating microgrid technologies …

Electric Vehicles to Augment Local Grid at Pilot Installations

  • January 10, 2013
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The Defense Department plans to lease up to 500 special electric vehicles at six different installations later this year to test their ability to export power to the local grid. The $20 million project, which will be run by the Air Force, will use idle, charged vehicles to resupply power grids at times of peak demand as a way to lend stability to stressed electrical grids while offsetting the vehicles’ cost …

ADC Forum to Explore Services’ Individual Approaches to Achieving ‘Energy Security’

  • January 8, 2013
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The Pentagon’s push to protect its installations from disruptions to the commercial grid has spawned a revolution in how the military looks at energy. The drive to reach “energy security” has changed how the military services consider acquiring new sources of energy and how they finance new supplies, and also defined new roles for host communities and utilities …

Final Authorization Bill Retains Provisions on Renewable Energy

  • December 20, 2012
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The Defense Department would be required to issue guidance for financing renewable energy projects under a provision on the conference report for the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill approved Tuesday. A separate provision requires energy security to be included as a component of DOD energy savings contracts for buildings, facilities, installations, vehicles, and equipment …

Virtual Storage Will Help Military Achieve Energy Security Goals

  • December 5, 2012
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While the Defense Department has fallen short of its goals to acquire an increasing share of its electricity from renewable sources and trim energy consumption at its installations, the use of virtual storage in conjunction with microgrids will aid the military’s initiative for installations to operate independently of the commercial grid, according to a post on the blog. Microgrids combine on-site clean energy generation, energy efficiency and smart controls to allow greater efficiency and reliability …

Electric Vehicles Could Play Key Role in Supporting Microgrids

  • December 3, 2012
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A new demonstration program at Fort Carson, Colo., will consider whether an installation’s fleet of electric vehicles can support the operation of a microgrid by storing excess energy. Kansas City, Mo.-based Burns and McDonnell Engineering Co. will build a microgrid out of existing electrical infrastructure at the Army post, integrating a 2-megawatt photovoltaic array, diesel generator sets and electric vehicles to provide a self-contained, energy-sustainable capability during electrical grid disruptions …

Solar Array to Make Dent in Ft. Rucker Energy Bill

  • November 19, 2012
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A photovoltaic array being installed at Fort Rucker, Ala., is expected to save the Army thousands of dollars a year and help the installation take a step toward achieving net zero status. The 51-kilowatt array is directly connected to Alabama Power’s electrical grid, so any energy that is generated at Hatch Stage Field that isn’t used can be fed back onto the grid …

Hydrogen Fuel Cell System to Help Power Honolulu Installation

  • November 6, 2012
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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam will be using a hydrogen fuel cell power system manufactured by Hydrogenics Corp., the Mississauga, Canada-based developer of hydrogen generation and power system products announced last week. The system will integrate Hydrogenics’ power systems, power electronic converters and hardware in an outdoor-housed container to supply 100 kilowatts of power output at the joint Air Force-Navy base in Honolulu …

Navy Tests Storage Options to Improve Return on Renewables

  • October 18, 2012
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Navy officials in Southern California discussed the importance of improving the technology for storing renewable energy during a visit this week from Roger Natsuhara, acting assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment. Natsuhara noted that the Navy has a variety of bases in remote locations that have the capacity to generate large amounts of renewable energy. But without options for storing the power, much of it goes to waste, he said …

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