• Reversal on Florida Drilling Triggers Doubts Over Administration’s Plan

    Reversal on Florida Drilling Triggers Doubts Over Administration’s Plan0

    The Interior Department’s decision to exempt Florida’s coast from a proposed expansion of offshore oil drilling prompted an onslaught of calls from officials in other coastal states demanding similar treatment. The demands came from both sides of the aisle but particularly from Democrats. “Local voices in Virginia have also spoken up. This would hurt our

  • Evolving Energy Industry Creates New Opportunities for Securing Power to Army Installations0

    In the past couple of years, energy resilience has become a watchword for the military services as they adjust their focus from adopting renewables to reducing their installations’ vulnerability to disruptions in the electrical grid. Shaping the Army’s approach to enhancing resiliency are recent trends in energy production, distribution and economics that are creating more opportunities for installations to use a distributed generation approach to help reduce supply chain vulnerability, Michael McGhee, executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, told Defense Communities 360. Since its predecessor organization was created in 2011, OEI has pursued the development of large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects on Army installations. The service’s emphasis on resilience favors new projects which deploy resources that are behind an installation’s fence line and provide an islanding capability …

  • New Climate Policies Needn’t Disrupt DOD’s Reliance on Renewables, Conger Says

    New Climate Policies Needn’t Disrupt DOD’s Reliance on Renewables, Conger Says0

    President Trump’s steps so far to back away from existing policies intended to address climate change have not upended the military services’ push to increasingly rely on renewable energy sources to power their installations. But the department’s former installations and energy chief says even if the new administration revisits DOD’s policies on sustainability, it should be careful not to limit efforts that can be justified for reasons beyond their environmental benefits. There is a clear business case for the military to develop new generation capacity on base using solar, wind or other renewable resources as they are generally financed by developers or utilities and can cut an installation’s electricity bill, John Conger, who led the Pentagon’s installations office from 2012 to 2015, told Defense Communities 360 …

  • Utility Completes Second Array at a Georgia Military Base

    Utility Completes Second Array at a Georgia Military Base0

    Leaders from the Navy, Georgia Power and the Georgia Public Service Commission on Monday celebrated the opening of a $75 million, 30-megawatt solar array at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. Now operational, this 254-acre solar farm contains approximately 133,000 solar photovoltaic panels and is delivering energy to the installation and the surrounding community at

  • Energy Security Proves to Be Elusive Benefit of Large-Scale Projects, GAO Finds0

    The military services typically cite energy security as a benefit of their large-scale renewable energy projects, but in a study of 17 projects across DOD, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that only a small fraction were designed to provide power to installations in the event of a disruption of the commercial grid without additional investments. Only two of the 17 projects — a biomass plant at Fort Drum, N.Y., and a landfill gas facility at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga. — could provide electricity to the installation during a grid outage without additional steps, according to the GAO study. Five others would require additional investments, such as the installation of batteries or other energy storage equipment …

  • Tornado Damages Solar Project at Minnesota National Guard Site

    Tornado Damages Solar Project at Minnesota National Guard Site0

    A 10-megawatt solar array still under construction at Camp Ripley in central Minnesota was damaged after a tornado tore through the 53,000-acre National Guard training site last week. About 25 percent of the 97 rows of solar panels sustained damage on Sept. 7, including twisted and broken racks that hold the solar panels in place, broken panels and damaged wiring, according to a Minnesota Power press release. The panels were crushed by a large storage container and other debris blown into the array. The utility has begun developing a plan to repair or replace damaged components …