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Posts Tagged ‘renewable energy’

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 …

Opposition Rises to Transmission Line over Impact to White Sands Missile Range

  • August 20, 2013
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A dispute between DOD and the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the route for a proposed, 515-mile-long, high-voltage transmission line linking central New Mexico to southeastern Arizona is coming to a head after BLM selected as its preferred route one that defense officials say will interfere with operations at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Even before BLM issued a final environmental impact statement for the SunZia project on June 14, a top Pentagon official objected to a route traversing the missile range’s northern extension that the bureau designated as its preferred alternative …

Navy’s Clean Energy Initiative to Spur Private Sector Investment, Energy Chief Says

  • August 19, 2013
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Dennis McGinn, the Navy’s newly confirmed assistant secretary for energy, installations, and environment, believes the service’s push to rely on renewable energy sources, particularly biofuels, will advance their adoption by the private sector. “The private-sector benefits are the military’s ability to do some pretty good analysis, to manage risk, and to introduce innovative materials and innovative processes,” said McGinn, who will assume his new post next month. “It significantly lowers the barrier of entry to new industries and new technologies,” said the retired vice admiral …

Navy Studying Feasibility of Wind Power at Groton Sub Base

  • August 7, 2013
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The Navy has installed a 193-foot wind survey tower at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., to determine if wind would be a feasible power source. The tower, located in the Balfour Beatty housing community, will be used to study the amount of wind that gusts along the Thames River, reported the Navy News Service. “The tower will be up for at least a year to study wind patterns and the average velocity of wind in the area in order to determine if a utility size wind turbine would benefit the base …

McGinn Is In as Navy’s New Installations, Energy Chief

  • August 4, 2013
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Dennis McGinn, a 35-year Navy veteran, was confirmed Thursday by the Senate to become the Navy’s next assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment. President Obama’s selection of McGinn, outgoing president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy, continues the Obama administration’s trend of selecting installation chiefs for the military services with a background in energy. The retired vice admiral, who led the council since 2011 …

ADC to Gauge Industry’s Outlook on DOD Energy Marketplace

  • July 18, 2013
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The military services’ push to obtain a rising share of their facility energy from renewable sources has spurred a forceful effort to identify installations that are ideal locations to produce clean power and ensure the close participation of the private sector. Since the initiative began more than a decade ago, the marketplace for DOD energy projects has matured as a number of components have continued to evolve — the services’ acquisition approach, state incentives and other regulatory issues, availability of financing and involvement by utilities. To better understand industry’s perspective on the opportunities offered by DOD and the challenges in competing for energy projects at military installations, ADC’s Energy Partnership Council is conducting a survey of all industry members …

State Provides Funds for Microgrid Project at Camp Pendleton

  • July 14, 2013
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The California Energy Commission last week approved a $1.7 million grant to support a demonstration project of microgrid technology at Camp Pendleton. The effort will demonstrate a set of intelligent microgrids that use community-scale renewable resources within an existing utility grid at the Southern California Marine Corps base. The project will integrate on-site flat-plate and concentrating photovoltaic technology with energy efficiency, energy storage and other technologies to provide reliable power and support critical base functions …

Forts Carson, Bragg Earn Federal Energy Management Awards

  • July 8, 2013
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Two Army posts were recognized last week by the Department of Energy for outstanding contributions toward energy and water management. The directorate of public works at Fort Carson, Colo., received the “Superior Program Award” for its efforts to conserve energy and water. For a variety of energy conservation initiatives at Fort Bragg, N.C., Christine Hull, chief of the operations and maintenance division within the installation’s public works directorate, received the “Exceptional Service Award” …

Pittard Leads the Way to a More Sustainable Ft. Bliss

  • July 7, 2013
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Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, commander of Fort Bliss and its 1st Armored Division, has spearheaded an array of initiatives to increase the post’s sustainability, helping it to conserve energy and water, increase recycling and shift to renewable power sources. Pittard’s efforts have helped the installation trim the energy consumed by its buildings by 27 percent from two years ago, reported the Tribune. Only 1 percent of its power comes from renewable energy sources, but that figure is expected to rise dramatically in the coming years as new solar projects come online …

SolarStrong Project Shines on Holloman AFB Housing

  • July 4, 2013
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More than 600 military homes at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., will be outfitted with solar arrays as part of the latest phase of SolarStrong, SolarCity’s five-year plan to build more than $1 billion in solar projects at up to 120,000 military homes across the nation, the company announced Wednesday. The project will provide 3.4 megawatts of generation capacity at Lend Lease’s Soaring Heights Communities and is expected to contribute to a reduction in energy consumption by the developer’s entire military housing portfolio by at least 20 percent within five years …

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