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Posts Tagged ‘renewable energy’

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 …

Geothermal Unit Shaving Energy Bill at Grissom ARB

  • February 2, 2014
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It’s no secret that the military is going green, and Grissom Air Reserve Base in north-central Indiana is no exception, as the installation has pursued a variety of projects to conserve energy and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. One of the most innovative projects at Grissom has been the construction of a geothermal heating and cooling system for a 14,900-square-foot building. Engineers drilled 28 wells 300 feet into the ground, allowing them to construct a closed-loop, geo-exchange system that heats and cools the building at a fraction of the cost of the previous HVAC system …

Arizona Utility to Build Solar Project at Luke AFB

  • January 26, 2014
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The Air Force has selected the electric company that serves much of Arizona to build a photovoltaic solar generation facility at Luke AFB under an enhanced use lease. Arizona Public Service proposes to construct, operate and maintain the project on 106 acres at the base located northwest of Phoenix. The power generated would be used to meet Luke’s renewable energy generation goals. Officials from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) and the utility now will begin negotiating a lease and environmental requirements. The project’s original timeline has slipped due to the discovery of cultural artifacts dating back 5,000 years, according to the AFCEC website.

Air Force Unlocks Potential of Landfills to Produce Renewable Energy

  • January 22, 2014
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Following the success of landfill gas projects at two installations, the Air Force plans to examine the 600-plus landfills at other bases to assess their potential for converting methane gas into a source of renewable energy. “The benefits of landfill gas are that we have a ready fuel supply and it burns very cleanly,” said Ken Gray, head of the facility renewable energy program at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s (AFCEC) Tyndall detachment. “It’s a continuous source of power and can provide real energy surety to a base because it runs continuously …

Services Overcoming Hurdles to Expand Partnering with Industry on Energy Development

  • January 20, 2014
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The military’s efforts to rely on the private sector to finance the development of renewable energy are advancing and should allow DOD to meet its objectives for enhancing energy security at its installations, according to a report released last week. Expectations surrounding the service’s clean energy initiatives, however, should be set to reflect the complexity of renewable energy projects, concluded Power Surge, a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts. “It will take time to forge public-private partnerships and conclude the complex contracts associated with advanced energy projects …

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