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SunZia Proposes Shifting Transmission Line North of White Sands

  • June 30, 2015
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The developer of a 515-mile, high-voltage transmission line from New Mexico to Arizona has proposed rerouting a portion of the project that crosses the northern tip of White Sands Missile Range in an attempt to avoid the need to bury a portion of the line. The project gained the federal government’s approval in January after DOD and the Bureau of Land Management reached a compromise calling for the developer of the SunZia project to bury five miles of the line to eliminate conflicts with training and weapons testing on White Sands’ northern extension. But since January, SunZia has begun discussions with the New Mexico State Land Office and DOD about shifting the transmission line north of White Sands to move most of it out of the range’s call-up zone …

Former Ft. Bliss Commander Reprimanded for Role in Awarding Renewable Energy Deal

  • June 24, 2015
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The former commanding general of Fort Bliss, Texas, has been reprimanded for steering a contract that was part of the post’s net zero energy initiative to a firm run by two of his former classmates at West Point. Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, who more recently commanded U.S. advisory forces in Iraq, was formally reprimanded in February after a three-year investigation by the Army’s inspector general, the Washington Post reported this week. An Army review board is considering whether to strip him of his rank as a two-star general before he is allowed to retire this year …

DOD Selects Partner for Hybrid Wind-Solar Project at Ft. Hood

  • June 18, 2015
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Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in conjunction with the Army, this week selected Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy for a large-scale renewable energy project that will rely on an onsite solar component along with energy generated at a wind farm located 350 miles away. The hybrid project will feature a 15-megawatt (alternating current) photovoltaic solar plant at the central Texas post and 50.6 megawatts (alternating current) of wind energy from the firm’s Cotton Plains wind energy facility on the Texas Panhandle. The project will be micro-grid capable, according to a fact sheet from the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives. “We’re excited to partner with Apex Clean Energy in this first-of-its-kind hybrid project,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment …

Ft. Campbell Breaks Ground on Solar Array

  • June 14, 2015
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Officials from Fort Campbell and an electric cooperative last month held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a capped landfill for a solar array slated to produce 5 megawatts of energy. The Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. will construct the first phase of the project which will provide about 1.9 megawatts of energy capable of “plugging in” directly into the Kentucky post’s power grid, reported the Army. The cooperative is using a $3.1 million grant from the state to supplement the cost of building its portion of the ground-mounted solar panel system. This phase should be completed in September …

Navy Set to Surpass Target for Renewable Energy Use

  • June 12, 2015
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With the Navy on course to meet its goal of producing 1 gigawatt of renewable energy at its installations by Jan. 1, five years ahead of schedule, Secretary Ray Mabus is ready to raise the bar.
“I’m not satisfied stopping there. We can do better than that over the next five years,” Mabus said Wednesday at the 2015 GreenGov Symposium in Washington. The Air Force and Army also are striving to produce 1 gigawatt of renewable energy at their installations, but they don’t expect to reach that goal until 2020 at the earliest. To increase its shore installations’ reliance on renewables, the Navy is exploring a variety of alternative sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, hydrothermal and wave energy …

Wave Energy Test Delivers Power to Navy Base

  • June 10, 2015
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A test of the potential for wave energy to power onshore facilities has begun generating electricity at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site in Kaneohe Bay on Oahu. The Navy, Northwest Energy Innovations and the Energy Department are working with a prototype of the Azura wave energy converter device to produce electricity from the motion of the choppy ocean waters, reported ClickGreen. Last week’s success represents a major step for the emerging American marine and hydrokinetic energy industry, as the Azura is the first grid-connected wave energy device producing power in North America to be validated by a third party …

New Energy Roadmap for Army Embraces Resource Challenges

  • June 8, 2015
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The Army has adopted a new strategic roadmap that calls for integrating energy security and sustainability into all aspects of planning, procurement, construction, land use and training throughout the department, including host communities. “This strategy represents a turning point,” Undersecretary Brad Carson and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn said in a letter prefacing the new document to Army leaders. “The Army is evolving from a historic framework that viewed resource considerations as constraints on operational effectiveness to a perspective that considers the critical role of energy, water, and land resources as mission enablers. Such an integrated perspective requires balanced decisions to achieve the greatest military benefit while keeping faith with civilian communities …

Milcon Panel Praises DOD’s Energy Initiatives

  • May 31, 2015
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The Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee commends the Defense Department for its efforts to invest in renewable energy projects and energy security, improve the energy efficiency of its facilities and reduce its energy consumption, according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill. Those efforts, along with the department’s programs to enhance water conservation and to improve the security of installation energy sources, are critical components of DOD’s strategy to meet federal goals for reliance on renewable energy and resource conservation …

Ft. Hunter Liggett Poised to Reach Net Zero

  • May 26, 2015
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Design work on a project to outfit dozens of building with solar panels and install a battery storage system at Fort Hunter Liggett is scheduled to begin shortly, putting the central California Army Reserve installation on a path to net zero energy use. The $22 million project, funded through the energy conservation investment program, includes 5 megawatts of photovoltaic power generation and a 3-megawatt-hour battery energy storage system. The 5-megawatt solar project will include about 500,000 square feet of roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays …

Army, Georgia Utility Break Ground on Arrays at Forts Gordon, Stewart

  • May 18, 2015
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Officials from the Army and Georgia Power last week held groundbreaking ceremonies for 30-megawatt solar farms at Forts Gordon and Stewart, the last two legs of the Army’s Georgia 3×30 project. In April, Fort Benning hosted a groundbreaking for a third 30-megawatt solar photovoltaic array. All three arrays will provide energy to Georgia Power’s main grid, with the installations continuing to purchase power through an existing General Services Administration area-wide public utility contract. The projects will, however, provide the posts a means to generate power during an emergency. The solar plants — which will be financed, installed, owned and operated by the utility — should be operational in spring 2016 …

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