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Navy Searches for Efficient Energy Solution at Guantanamo Bay

  • November 11, 2014
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The Navy is looking to the energy industry for ideas as it searches for a viable energy source for the unique environment of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. With the base infrastructure due for upgrades, Naval Facilities Engineering Command last week hosted 100 energy experts in Jacksonville, Fla., to discuss the potential for energy development there. While officials have listed prospective projects such as photovoltaic, waste-to-energy, energy-efficient generator power and automated controls, NAVFAC is not specifying what kind of project it wants; instead, it is soliciting recommendations from industry …

Obama Required to Explain Order Blocking Chinese Investment in Wind Farms, Judge Rules

  • November 10, 2014
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The Obama administration needs to explain why it moved in September 2012 to prohibit a Chinese company from acquiring four wind farms located near a Navy training facility in north central Oregon, a federal judge ruled last week. The order by a U.S. judge for the District of Columbia also requires the president to justify withholding any information from Chinese-owned Ralls Corp. on grounds of executive privilege. It does not, however, require the federal government to disclose classified information. Judge Amy Jackson’s order followed a ruling in July by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Obama had violated the company’s constitutional due process rights when he blocked the firm’s purchase of the wind farms …

Army Celebrates Deal to Meet Ft. Drum’s Energy Needs through Biomass Plant

  • November 5, 2014
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New York’s two senators, the Army’s top installations official, and state and local representatives gathered last week at Fort Drum for a signing ceremony commemorating an agreement that will allow the post to obtain 100 percent of its energy requirements from an on-site biomass generation facility. ReEnergy Black River LLC, a subsidiary of ReEnergy Holdings LLC, will operate the biomass facility, which has a 60-megawatt system capacity, more than double the installation’s peak load of 28 megawatts. The plant will provide electricity to the utility grid. The project is a joint effort between the Office of Energy Initiatives, Fort Drum, DLA Energy and ReEnergy …

Energy Department Funds Testing of Wave Energy Devices at Hawaiian Base

  • October 30, 2014
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The Department of Energy is providing $10 million to two companies to test wave energy conversion technologies in the late stages of development at a Navy site off the waters of Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The two companies, Ocean Energy USA and Northwest Energy Innovations, will test their marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies for one year in new deep water test berths, according to a press release. The tests will collect performance, reliability and cost data. MHK technologies convert the energy of waves, tides, rivers, and ocean currents into electricity …

DLA Releases Renewable Energy RFP for Navy Installations in Texas

  • October 28, 2014
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The Defense Logistics Agency Energy this week issued a request for proposals for the purchase of renewable energy to power three Navy installations in Texas from a new off-site generation facility. The plant would supply up to 55 megawatts of electricity to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, NAS Kingsville and Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth over a period of 10 years. The power will be delivered through the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, according to a press release from the Navy Renewable Energy Program Office …

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 …

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