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Posts Tagged ‘renewable energy’

Ft. Huachuca Solar Project to Be Followed by Larger Ventures, Army Official Says

  • May 15, 2014
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In an interview with Fox Business, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, talks about last month’s groundbreaking at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., on DOD’s largest solar array to date, along with the service’s plans to develop renewable energy sources across the country. The 18-megawatt solar installation being developed in southeastern Arizona will provide 25 percent of the installation’s power needs. The project is not designed to save the Army money on its future energy bills as it will continue to purchase power from the local utility at prevailing rates …

Governor Appeals to White House to Protect White Sands from Transmission Line

  • April 29, 2014
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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) is urging President Obama to intervene in a decision by the Interior Department’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management over the planned route of a transmission line that calls for it to cut through the northern extension of White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Martinez’s letter to Obama echoed the concerns of Pentagon officials and the installation commander who earlier have said the planned route of SunZia’s 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line would interfere with testing and evaluation activities at White Sands …

Ft. Huachuca Solar Project to Rely on GSA Contract

  • April 29, 2014
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An 18-megawatt solar installation being developed at Fort Huachuca, representing DOD’s largest solar array to date, will supply energy to the southeastern Arizona post through a General Services Administration (GSA) area-wide public utility contract. Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 155-acre project — a joint effort among the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, Fort Huachuca, GSA, Tucson Electric Power and developer E.ON Climate and Renewables — on Friday. Under the agreement, Tucson Electric Power will fund, own, maintain and operate the project, and contract with developer E.ON for the design, engineering, procurement and construction …

Developer to Break Ground Shortly on DOD’s Largest Solar Array at Ft. Huachuca

  • April 15, 2014
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Construction of a massive solar project at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is expected to begin soon following this week’s announcement by the Army that a collaboration among multiple federal and private partners will result in DOD’s largest solar array to date. The 20-megawatt project is a joint effort among the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, Fort Huachuca, the General Services Administration, Tucson Electric Power and developer E.ON Climate and Renewables. Tucson Electric Power will fund, own, maintain and operate the project, and contract with E.ON for the design, engineering, procurement and construction …

Army Uses Geo-mapping for Renewable Energy Planning

  • April 14, 2014
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In a first-of-a-kind analysis, the Army has gathered geospatial data to identify land on military bases that may be available for renewable energy projects. The goal of the Army Environmental Command’s study was to identify clear parcels suitable for renewable energy projects. The effort was part of a larger goal to make 25 percent of all energy consumed on Army installations to be from renewable energy sources by 2025…

Vast Majority of Proposed Energy Projects Pose No Hazard, Navy Says

  • April 7, 2014
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The Navy determined that 96 percent of the 2,075 proposed energy projects it evaluated in 2013 would have little or no impact on its mission, according to congressional testimony submitted last week by the Navy’s top installations official. About 90 percent of the remaining projects were still under review as of Dec. 31, 2013. Only 8 projects were found to have a sufficient adverse impact to military operations to warrant establishment of a mitigation response team, stated Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment …

Air Force Reliance on Renewable Energy Climbs

  • April 6, 2014
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Production from renewable energy sources jumped 53 percent from 2012 to 2013 at Air Force installations, with 8 percent of the electricity consumed by the service coming from renewable sources in fiscal 2013, Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, told lawmakers last week. This year the service is planning renewable projects expected to provide more than 31 megawatts of capacity. An additional 31 to 41 megawatts are planned for FY 2015 …

Wind Project on Maryland’s Eastern Shore Pits Governor against Pax River Supporters

  • April 6, 2014
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Legislation in the Maryland General Assembly that could block a proposed wind farm on the state’s Eastern Shore has divided Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), a strong proponent of clean energy, and southern Maryland officials who believe the project could interfere with a radar system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River used to test the stealth capability of aircraft. The measure, which passed the House last month, would delay the construction of large turbines within 56 miles of Pax River — an area that would cover the distance from the air station on the Chesapeake Bay’s western shore to the Great Bay project site across the bay …

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 …

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