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Posts Tagged ‘renewable energy’

Twentynine Palms Positions Itself to Achieve Energy Self-Sufficiency

  • April 1, 2014
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The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., will become an important test bed for microgrid technology as the installation works toward connecting multiple energy sources later this year. Within the next month, a new 8-megawatt co-generation plant will go online, allowing the base to produce 90 percent of its own energy, reports the Desert Sun. Other elements of the microgrid will include the installation’s existing co-generation plant, 564 kilowatts of battery storage and the base’s installation of solar panels on rooftops and parking structures …

Report Addresses Key Hurdles to Renewable Energy Development at Installations

  • March 11, 2014
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A new report published by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) offers an overview of the primary decisions facing companies pursuing development of renewable energy projects at military installations. Renewable Energy for Military Installations: 2014 Industry Review is made up of 12 articles, each written by a separate set of authors. The 54-page report is divided into four sections: policy — addressing state utility regulatory risk; and collaboration among state energy offices and DOD; contracting and finance — the Army’s multiple-award, task-order contract (MATOC); creating successful power purchase agreements; and risk in long-term energy contracts with DOD …

Air Force Renewable Energy Projects Advance toward One Gigawatt Goal

  • March 2, 2014
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Air Force officials are envisioning one of the military’s largest energy ventures to take shape at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a project expected to generate at least 50 to 60 megawatts of renewable energy. Last November, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center selected the team of Starwood Siemens, with lead developer Energy Management, to develop energy projects on four separate parcels at the central New Jersey installation through an enhanced use lease …

Army Selects 20 New Firms for Massive Energy Procurement

  • February 23, 2014
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The Army last week announced 20 new award winners under its $7 billion procurement to obtain renewable energy through private sector financing, bringing the total number of contracts awarded in four technologies under the multiple-award, task order contract (MATOC) to 79. The contracts allow the firms to compete for power purchase agreements lasting up to 30 years at DOD installations using solar, wind, biomass and geothermal technologies. As renewable energy opportunities at Army installations are assessed, the Army Corps of Engineers’ Huntsville Center will issue a competitive task order request for proposal to pre-qualified companies for the specific technologies …

Ft. Drum to Be Powered Completely by Biomass Plant

  • February 19, 2014
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A top Army energy official on Wednesday said the service plans to purchase up to 28 megawatts of electricity from the owner and operator of a biomass power plant located at Fort Drum, N.Y. ReEnergy Holdings LLC acquired the facility in December 2011 and invested more than $34 million to convert it from a plant that burned coal to one that relied on biomass as its primary fuel to produce electricity. The company started operating the plant last June …

Officials Cut Ribbon on DOD’s Largest Solar Project

  • February 17, 2014
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Officials from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, local government and private industry last week celebrated the opening of two photovoltaic arrays, the largest solar project on any DOD installation. The 16.4-megawatt project was financed, designed and built by SunEdison LLC on 170 acres of underutilized land at two locations on the Tucson, Ariz., base. The firm will operate the arrays under an agreement that calls for it to charge an economically beneficial rate for 25 years …

Army Installations Honored for Sustainability Efforts

  • February 12, 2014
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Seven installations earned fiscal 2013 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards for outstanding environmental and sustainability programs that often demonstrated cost savings. Fort Riley, Kan., won the team award for its natural resource conservation efforts, reported the Army. The post collaborated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on three private lands partnership agreements and the installation of an agricultural waste diversion structure used to protect endangered Topeka shiners …

MCLB Albany to Expand Successful Landfill Gas Partnership with County

  • February 11, 2014
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A collaboration between Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Dougherty County that now supplies about a fifth of the southwestern Georgia installation’s energy is set to expand later this year. Officials at the base, which has been using methane gas generated by a county landfill since 2011, are planning to install a second generator in December, reported WALB. The base is saving money compared to purchasing power off of the grid, and the county earns $120,000 a year from the base for the gas …

Services Explore ‘MilGrids’ to Link Renewable Energy Assets

  • February 6, 2014
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Microgrids are the next piece in the puzzle as the military services strive to increase their reliance on renewable energy and improve their installations’ energy security, according to a commentary in Smart Grid News. “Renewables might be part of the solution, but now we are talking about “systems of systems” — command and control, storage, traditional backup generation, energy conservation, renewable energy, grid-connected vs islanded, market participation, etc.,” writes Stuart McCafferty, president of GridIntellect …

Ft. Bragg Relies on ESPCs, Other Initiatives to Reach Net Zero Goals

  • February 5, 2014
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Fort Bragg has used energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and other mechanisms to save the installation millions of dollars and put it on track achieve net zero status. “Fort Bragg has financed over $100 million in improvements with annual savings exceeding $13 million,” Gregory Bean, the post’s director of public works, told the Fayetteville Observer. “Through performance contracts and other mechanisms, we are leveraging public and private expertise toward the Army’s Net Zero energy goals …

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