• Incentives Used to Promote Renewable Energy Development Could Benefit Small Reactors, Report Concludes

    Incentives Used to Promote Renewable Energy Development Could Benefit Small Reactors, Report Concludes0

    Federal incentives to encourage private sector investment in the deployment of small modular reactors could generate a higher payoff than the government effort over the past decade to promote the use of renewable energy, according to a new Department of Energy report. Examination of Federal Financial Assistance in the Renewable Energy Market, co-authored by Kutak

  • Hill AFB to Host Veterans Training for Careers in Solar Industry

    Hill AFB to Host Veterans Training for Careers in Solar Industry0

    Hill Air Force Base, Utah, next month will host its first class of 24 veterans training for a wide range of careers in the solar industry, as part of the Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets initiative. President Obama announced the program during a visit to Hill last April, reported 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs. Hill is the fourth base to implement the program, which is already underway at Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Fort Carson, Colo.; and Naval Station Norfolk, Va. More than 150 veterans have been trained so far for a variety of careers in the solar industry, including installer, sales representative and system inspector …

  • DOD Leads Way as Federal Government Cuts Energy Use0

    Energy consumption by the federal government fell to its lowest level since it began collecting data 40 years ago, the Energy Information Administration said Monday. Cuts in jet fuel consumption by the military accounted for most of the decline. Overall, the federal government in fiscal 2014 consumed 0.94 quadrillion British thermal units, extending a steady decline since 2010. Energy use steadily rose in the first half of the 2000s and then leveled off, following a steep drop in the previous decade. Energy consumption by DOD made up 78 percent of total federal energy use in FY 2014. The U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Energy accounted for the next highest shares of total federal energy use at 5 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Renewable sources supplied 6.1 percent of the government’s facility energy consumption in FY 2014.

  • DOE Initiative Preparing Service Members for Solar Industry Jobs prior to Separation0

    Transitioning service members at three military installations are receiving training for jobs in the solar industry through a pilot program run by the Department of Energy (DOE). This pilot is enabled by DOD’s SkillBridge initiative, which allows exiting military personnel to pursue civilian job training, employment skills training, apprenticeships and internships up to six months prior to their separation date. Service members who graduate from the solar training program will gain the skills to size and install solar panels, safely connect electricity to the grid, and interpret and comply with local building codes …

  • Federal Partnership to Train Veterans for Solar Industry Jobs0

    The Energy Department will launch a veterans’ job training pilot project at up to three military installations this fall to train veterans for jobs in the solar industry, the White House announced Thursday. The pilot project will rely on DOE’s network of more than 400 community college-based solar training institutions to train veterans for jobs in solar system design, installation, sales and inspection, according to a White House fact sheet. The White House announced the project as part of more than a dozen executive actions to advance the deployment of solar energy and promote energy efficiency. In April, the administration launched the Capital Solar Challenge, directing federal agencies, military installations and federally subsidized complexes to identify opportunities to deploy solar energy at federal locations across the National Capital region. The General Services Administration is hosting an industry day on Oct. 23 to discuss potential opportunities and explain its procurement approach to developers and investors.

  • Army, DOE Partner to Shave Energy Costs at Industrial Facilities0

    A partnership between DOD and the Department of Energy launched four years ago to advance the federal government’s push to conserve energy and reduce the use of fossil fuels has found millions of dollars in energy savings at many of the Army’s industrial facilities. Recommendations generated by energy assessment teams organized by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office have helped identify $8 million in energy cost reductions, reported the Army’s installations, energy and environment office. The teams, made up of engineering professors and students from 24 universities across the country, recently completed energy assessments at three installations operated by Army Materiel Command …