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Army Issues RFP for 25MW Heat, Power Project at Redstone Arsenal

  • October 26, 2014
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The Army on Friday released a request for proposals for a 25-megawatt combined heat and power renewable energy project at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. The project calls for the Army to purchase steam and electricity generated onsite through a 30-year power purchase agreement. The winning firm will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the energy generation facility, according to a press release from the Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. The Corps is managing the project in coordination with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives. The solicitation was posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website. The Corps plans to issue a notice of intent to award for the project in the summer of 2015. The project is intended to make Redstone more resilient by limiting its reliance on the existing power grid. An April 2011 outbreak of tornadoes in Alabama destroyed parts of the regional Tennessee Valley Authority distribution network and took down power lines to the arsenal.

State Commission Approves Solar Projects at Three Georgia Posts

  • October 23, 2014
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The Georgia Public Service Commission on Thursday approved the construction of solar photovoltaic arrays at three Army installations in the state — Forts Stewart, Gordon and Benning. The Georgia Power Co., an operating utility of Southern Company, will finance, design, build, own and operate each of the 30-megawatt projects. All three are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, according to a commission press release. The projects, referred to as “Georgia 3×30,” are a collaborative effort among the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives, the three installations, the General Services Administration and Georgia Power …

Microgrids Prove Key as Installations Advance toward Energy Security Goals

  • October 22, 2014
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Construction of a microgrid at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., linking a system of small power plants, solar panels, batteries and diesel generators soon will enable the Mojave Desert base to operate independently of Southern California Edison in an emergency. The installation already is saving $10 million a year in energy costs. Workers started by adding a small generating plant, and then added solar panels and batteries. The base finished construction of a second generating plant this summer. Officials believe they soon will be able to generate about 80 percent of the base’s power needs …

Eglin Formalizes Partnerships with Host Communities

  • October 20, 2014
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Leaders from Eglin Air Force Base and neighboring communities in northwest Florida earlier this month signed multiple agreements designed to save money or leverage mutual benefits by sharing installation support services. Under one partnership, the installation will provide Okaloosa County excess concrete for use in creating artificial reefs. Offering the concrete to the county, which will use a contractor to haul the materials from the base, saves Eglin $40 per ton in removal costs, reports Eglin Public Affairs. “We never had this top level interaction that really focuses in on the mutual benefit,” County Commissioner Nathan Boyles …

Pursuit of 1GW Goal Pushes Army to Pick up Pace of Energy Development

  • October 13, 2014
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The Army’s top energy officials were eager to tout the progress of the service’s three-year-old effort to develop large-scale renewable energy projects with private sector financing. Established in September 2011, the Energy Initiatives Task Force has now been redesignated the Office of Energy Initiatives due to its success in putting together what the Army considers the largest renewable energy project pipeline in the country. “We’d like to see 100 megawatts installed a year,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, told reporters last week. That pace would put the service on course to meet its goal of deploying 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. “Right now the Office of Energy Initiatives is on track and might actually beat that …

Army Not Favoring Utilities for New Development, Energy Officials Say

  • October 10, 2014
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Several of the Army’s most recent awards for the development of new renewable energy projects have gone to local utilities, but the service continues to maintain a balance between projects awarded to utilities and private developers, its top energy officials said Wednesday at a Pentagon media roundtable. In May, the Army announced plans to develop 30-megawatt, alternating current, solar photovoltaic arrays at three installations in the state — Forts Stewart, Gordon and Benning — with the Georgia Power Co. Less than one month earlier, officials held a groundbreaking for an 18-megawatt solar project at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. “So it sounds like we’re doing all our projects with utilities,” said Amanda Simpson, executive director of the Army’s newly established Office of Energy Initiatives …

Air Force Searches for Partner to Develop 20MW Solar Array at Vandenberg AFB

  • October 9, 2014
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The Air Force has released a request for proposals for a 20-megawatt solar photovoltaic array at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., which will be tied directly into the base’s power grid. The array will span 170 acres on a demolished family housing site and generate an estimated 37,387 megawatt hours of electricity per year, enough to provide 25 percent of the base’s energy needs. The Air Force will enter into a long-term power purchase agreement with the winning developer, who will build, own and operate the system. The developer also will own and sell the renewable energy credits generated by the project, further lowering the cost for the Air Force …

County Extends Ban on Tall Energy Facilities to Protect Travis AFB

  • October 8, 2014
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In an effort to protect operations at Travis Air Force Base in northern California, the Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended a prohibition on commercial renewable energy and wireless communication facilities exceeding 200 feet in height in the unincorporated parts of the county. The measure extends an interim ordinance for one year to address potential impacts to the installation’s radar operation and a new C-17 assault landing zone. “Both are potentially threatened by increased renewable energy development,” staff noted in a report to the board …

State Role to Help Ft. Campbell Solar Array Shine

  • October 6, 2014
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The four-way partnership that came together to develop a 5-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell includes a significant contribution from the commonwealth of Kentucky, the first time the Army has collaborated with a local energy provider and the state on an on-post solar project. The partnership among the Army, the Department of Energy (DOE), Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet amassed more than $10 million for the project, which will be built on 20 acres at an abandoned landfill on the post. The cooperative is financing about 500 kilowatts of the array, with Fort Campbell entering into a power purchase agreement for the remainder …

Army Secretary Praises Energy Group’s Achievements

  • October 6, 2014
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The Army last week formally announced the creation of the Office of Energy Initiatives, an enduring organization within the office of the assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment that will leverage and expand on the momentum and early success of the Energy Initiatives Task Force. The office will serve as the Army’s central management office for the development, implementation and oversight of all privately financed, large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects, greater than or equal to 10 megawatts. “Over the past three years, the EITF has guided more than 175 megawatts of privately financed renewable energy projects through procurement at multiple installations …

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