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Posts Tagged ‘renewable energy’

Pentagon, Developer Strike Deal to Mitigate Impacts of Wind Farm

  • January 15, 2014
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Construction of a wind farm in eastern North Carolina will be able to go ahead after DOD and the developer reached an agreement to mitigate impacts to military flight training conducted from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, officials announced this week. Under the agreement, wind turbines will be placed no closer than four nautical miles from the centerline of a major training route in eastern North Carolina used by Seymour Johnson F-15Es and Navy and Marine Corps aircraft for low-level flight training and access to the Dare County Bombing Range …

Appropriators Urge DOD to Eliminate Spending on Excess Property

  • January 15, 2014
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The House and Senate Appropriations Committees highlighted the importance of eliminating “wasteful spending” on unused properties rated at “zero percent utilization,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the military construction portion of the fiscal 2014 omnibus. “The DOD is urged to manage its facilities and properties in a responsible manner that does not waste taxpayer resources,” the appropriators added. Appropriators also emphasized their support for projects that promote conservation, green building initiatives, renewable energy and energy security …

Army Names New Director to Energy Initiatives Group

  • January 9, 2014
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John Lushetsky, who has led the Army’s effort to implement large-scale renewable energy projects since 2011, is stepping down to return to the Department of Energy and will be replaced as executive director of the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) by Amanda Simpson, officials announced Thursday. Simpson, a presidential appointee, served as EITF deputy executive director for the past several months. Previously she was a special adviser to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology …

DOD Leads Feds in Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

  • December 16, 2013
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A senior White House environment official last week praised DOD’s bold leadership in implementing President Obama’s executive order setting targets for federal agencies for conserving energy and reducing their carbon footprint. “The leadership from the Defense Department in renewable energy has been outstanding,” Jonathan Powers, the Obama administration’s federal environmental executive, told the audience at the Fourth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum …

DOD Issues Rule for Reviewing Projects Posing Potential Risk to Military Operations

  • December 8, 2013
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The Pentagon issued a final rule last week outlining the evaluation process for determining whether proposed energy projects, such as wind farms, could interfere with military testing or training activities. Lawmakers included a provision in the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill, section 358, calling for DOD to outline procedures to ensure commercial renewable energy projects do not pose a risk to national security. The rule applies to applications referred to DOD from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for projects that could affect navigable airspace …

Sequester Cuts Hinder Army Energy Initiatives

  • November 24, 2013
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Budget constraints are hampering the Army’s effort to conserve energy and shift toward renewable energy sources, Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability, said last week. Officials were forced to cancel $250 million in energy projects in fiscal 2013 as a result of the spending cuts triggered under sequestration, Kidd said …

Army Selects Firm to Develop Solar Plant at Ft. Detrick

  • November 24, 2013
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The Army on Friday selected Framingham, Mass.-based Ameresco to build an 18.6-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility at Fort Detrick, a move intended to help the service meet its goal of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. The post will purchase all power generated by the solar plant at a cost equal to or less than current electricity costs, according to the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF). The solar PV system will be designed as “microgrid ready,” allowing it to be connected to a future microgrid …

Conservation Group, DOD Provide Guidance for Renewable Energy Development

  • November 20, 2013
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A new guide developed jointly by the Pentagon and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) should help minimize conflicts with defense operations created by the development of renewable energy projects on and around military ranges, airspace and installations. The 24-page primer provides a range of factors and siting considerations that can be applied by developers and other stakeholders when working with DOD on siting renewable energy projects …

MIT Study to Assess Potential for Power Line, White Sands Missile Range to Coexist

  • November 18, 2013
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The Pentagon will commission a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory to determine whether testing activities at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M., could be adjusted to minimize interference from a proposed 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line, New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich (D) said Friday. Heinrich requested the study in response to concerns expressed by senior officials from WSMR and DOD over the impact of the $1.2 billion SunZia project linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona …

SPIDERS Pilot Tests Viability of Microgrids to Support Entire Installation

  • November 14, 2013
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A power grid testing effort at Fort Carson aims to demonstrate that alternative energy sources can be pieced together to provide backup power for critical infrastructure at a military installation during a widespread power failure. The pilot program, called the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security, or SPIDERS, relies on a combination of locally generated power sources connected via a microgrid to provide backup power to critical parts of the base …

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