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Posts Tagged ‘energy security’

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.”

Pentagon Strives to Shave $4B Annual Energy Bill for Facilities

  • February 11, 2013
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The Pentagon’s primary sustainability goals for fiscal 2013 will be to reduce its use of facility energy and to improve the energy security of its installations, according to the department’s fiscal 2012 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. To meet those goals, DOD budgeted $1.1 billion for energy conservation and efficiency in fiscal 2013, and will direct almost all of those funds to retrofit existing buildings. One of the chief tools for accomplishing those projects is the Energy Conservation Investment Program, which “DOD is reshaping to support projects that will have a major impact on the services’ energy efficiency and/or security, but that may not be justified under their internal funding strategies …

Army Pushes ahead with Renewable Energy Initiative

  • January 24, 2013
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With plans to issue solicitations for three renewable energy projects before the end of the year, after recently releasing requests for proposals for two others, the Army believes it has taken a significant step toward its goal to produce 1 gigawatt of renewable energy at its installations by 2025. At the same time, the Energy Initiatives Task Force — the Army’s one-stop office for implementing large-scale projects at its installations — and the Army Corps of Engineers are evaluating industry responses to the multi-award task order contract RFP issued last year …

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 …

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