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Posts Tagged ‘renewable energy’

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 …

NRDC, DOD to Host Webinar on Renewable Energy Siting

  • November 11, 2013
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New siting considerations jointly developed by DOD and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for the first time address core issues for developing renewable energy sources on and around military installations. The considerations are designed to help developers determine low conflict places for solar, wind and other renewable energy, and are released as DOD plans to get 25 percent of its installation energy from renewables by 2025 …

Dennis McGinn to Speak at ADC/NCPPP Energy Workshop

  • October 30, 2013
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Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy, will speak about Navy energy projects during the Fourth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum Dec. 11 in Arlington, Va…

Air Force’s Top Energy Official Wins Sammie Award

  • October 27, 2013
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Kevin Geiss, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for energy, was awarded a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal earlier this month by the Partnership for Public Service. Geiss received the Management Excellence Medal, which recognizes a federal employee for demonstrating superior leadership and management excellence through a significant contribution to the nation that exemplifies efficient, effective and results-oriented government …

Turbines to Power Cape Cod AFS

  • October 22, 2013
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Two wind turbines being installed at Cape Cod Air Force Station will be able to produce up to 3.2 megawatts of power, the latest project helping the Air Force reach its goal of obtaining 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. When the wind is blowing, as it often does near the site on the Massachusetts coast, the turbines will produce more electricity than the base consumes. Through a net metering agreement with the local electric company, the 6th Space Warning Squadron will be able to sell its surplus power …

Energy Event to Explore Ways to Jump Start the Use of Partnerships to Meet DOD’s Goals

  • October 16, 2013
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Public-private partnerships are a proven model for the federal government to leverage the resources of Wall Street to develop new infrastructure, yet the number of such partnerships underway to help the Pentagon increase its reliance on renewable energy generated onsite has not grown as fast as many envisioned. At the same time, the Defense Department now has another mechanism to expand its access to reliable energy production — public-public partnerships. A provision in legislation signed into law in January allows DOD to share installation support services with its community hosts …

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