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Posts Tagged ‘energy security’

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 …

Mabus Vows to Achieve Renewable Energy Goals

  • October 17, 2012
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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Wednesday reiterated pledges he made three years earlier to shift much of the service’s energy supply from carbon-based fuels to alternative energy sources. Mabus told attendees at the National Defense Industrial Association’s Naval Energy Forum that he was “absolutely confident” that the Navy will obtain more than half of its energy from sources other than petroleum by 2020. The Navy’s other energy goals call for half of all energy used by shore-based installations to come from renewable sources by 2020 …

Funding for Energy Conservation Programs Reached $1B in FY2011

  • October 2, 2012
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The Pentagon obligated $1.0 billion in fiscal 2011 on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, according to the department’s newly released FY 2011 Annual Energy Management Report. The largest share of funding came from direct appropriations through military construction, operation and maintenance, and defense working capital fund accounts. In FY 2011, the military funded 873 energy conservation, renewable energy and water conservation projects for $611 million …

Air Force Surpasses Statutory Goal for Renewable Energy Use

  • October 1, 2012
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The Air Force was the only military service in fiscal 2011 to meet the 2005 Energy Policy Act (EPAct) mandate that 5.0 percent of energy consumed at installations come from renewable energy sources, as it obtained 6.0 percent of its electricity consumption from renewables. Overall, the Defense Department acquired 3.1 percent of the electricity it consumed at installations from renewable sources. The Army obtained 0.5 percent of its electricity from alternative energy sources; the Navy, 1.0 percent; and the Marine Corps, 1.2 percent …

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