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Posts Tagged ‘renewable energy’

How Can DOD Advance Energy Partnerships with the Public and Private Sector?

  • October 10, 2013
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All three military services have been strong proponents of the nation’s drive to cut its reliance on fossil fuels, but DOD’s effort to increase the share of installation energy it obtains from renewable sources still has a variety of challenges to overcome. One key concern is the military’s prolonged acquisition process and development timeline, a shortcoming that has left many industry players clamoring for improvements to the procurement process. The second day of the Fourth Annual Federal Energy Workshop & Defense Energy Partnership Forum, to be held Dec. 10-11, will focus on the range of challenges and opportunities associated with the Pentagon’s initiative to partner with the private sector to develop alternative energy sources …

Army Selects Thirteen Firms to Compete for Contracts to Build Biomass Plants

  • September 24, 2013
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The Army on Tuesday announced its pool of qualified biomass technology contractors, the fourth and final technology to be used under its $7 billion procurement of alternative and renewable energy projects relying on private sector financing. The 13 firms will be eligible to compete on biomass renewable energy task orders, including municipal solid waste and waste to energy, issued under the Army’s multiple-award, task order contract (MATOC) …

Transmission Line Route Threatens Mission at White Sands, Commander Says

  • September 23, 2013
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The current route of a proposed, 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona would jeopardize about 30 percent of the weapons testing activities conducted in the northern extension at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), the installation’s commanding general said last week. “There’s no way to do my missions with some of the weapons systems we’re currently testing, now and into the future, because they would strike the line,” said Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham …

Army Names Sixth Geothermal Contractor under MATOC

  • September 22, 2013
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The Army added a sixth firm, Chicago-based New Generation Power, to its pool of qualified contractors eligible to compete for geothermal projects under its $7 billion procurement to obtain renewable energy through private sector financing. The Army announced the first five firms eligible for geothermal projects in May. Last week’s award to New Generation Power completes the geothermal awards under the multiple-award, task order contract (MATOC) for now …

What Changes Are in Store for the Nation’s Energy Policy?

  • September 19, 2013
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Next month’s Fourth Annual Federal Energy Workshop & Defense Energy Partnership Forum, hosted by ADC and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP), will provide an opportunity for attendees to get the latest insight about the future direction of the nation’s energy policy. The first day of the event, scheduled for Oct. 8-9 in Arlington, Va., is intended to allow attendees to get up to speed on the key federal policies that are in flux as well as provide a forum for providing industry feedback on policies affecting federal energy opportunities …

Army Names Winning Wind Contractors under Massive Energy Procurement

  • September 10, 2013
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The Army selected 17 wind technology firms to compete for individual task orders under its $7 billion procurement to obtain renewable energy through private sector financing. Tuesday’s announcement represents the selection of qualified contractors for the third of four technologies under the Army Corps of Engineers’ multiple-award, task order contract. Last month, the Corps announced 22 winners for solar technology. In May, the Corps named five firms eligible to compete for geothermal energy projects …

Solar Project at New Jersey Base to Leverage Crowdsourced Funding

  • September 8, 2013
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A California company is using the Kickstarter model to attract financing for a project to outfit housing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey with solar panels. Individuals can invest as little as $25 through Solar Mosaic’s website to help finance a 12.27-megawatt project intended to provide 30 percent of the power needs of service members and their families, reported the Daily Beast. The project will include 55,189 panels installed across 547 homes …

S.C. Marine Corps Base Relies on Multiple Strategies to Increase Sustainability

  • September 5, 2013
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Officials at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., have employed a variety of tools to conserve energy and trim the use of fossil fuels. A base-wide energy management system heats and cools buildings according to the daily cycle of when they are occupied, Neil Tisdale, Beaufort’s utilities director and energy manager, told base public affairs. The program has networked 105 buildings aboard the installation …

Army Selects 22 Solar Contractors under $7B MATOC

  • September 2, 2013
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The Army last week announced 22 solar technology award winners under its $7 billion procurement to obtain renewable energy through private sector financing, the second of four technologies for which qualified contractors have been named. The contracts allow the firms to compete for power purchase agreements lasting up to 30 years at DOD installations. Individual awards under the multiple-award, task order contract (MATOC) are being staggered by technology. Awards for the remaining technologies, wind and biomass, are anticipated to be made by the end of the calendar year …

Army to Test Trash-to-Gas Technology at California Base

  • August 21, 2013
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The Defense Department has agreed to become the first customer for a new waste-to-energy technology that it hopes can be used to improve energy security at installations as well as eliminate the need for fuel convoys to serve forward operating bases. The FastOx Pathfinder, developed by Davis, Calif.-based Sierra Energy, relies on a waste gasifier that is essentially a modified blast furnace, reports the New York Times. A chemical reaction heats waste to extreme temperatures, generating synthetic gas which can be burned to generate electricity, or converted into ethanol or diesel fuel …

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