• Energy, Water Upgrades to Ft. Polk Housing to Save $40M

    Energy, Water Upgrades to Ft. Polk Housing to Save $40M0

    An initiative led by Corvias, the Army’s housing partner at Fort Polk, La., to install geothermal heat pumps and energy and water saving devices in the post’s family housing is projected to save $1.5 million annually. The East Greenwich, R.I.-based company has finished outfitting 3,500 residences with water and energy conservation fixtures, including low-flow faucets,

  • ‘Pivot to Resilience’ Changes Focus of Installation Energy Investments

    ‘Pivot to Resilience’ Changes Focus of Installation Energy Investments0

    Washington, D.C. — Energy efficiency and conservation projects have taken a back seat to investments aimed at enhancing energy resilience across DOD. “I would suggest we’re in a pivot to resilience,” Jack Surash, acting deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability, told the DOD Energy & Water Forum last week. The Army

  • Presidio of Monterey Shines Bright in Pursuit of Energy Conservation

    Presidio of Monterey Shines Bright in Pursuit of Energy Conservation0

    The Presidio of Monterey may be the nation’s greenest military installation. It has captured the Secretary of the Army’s Energy Award for the past four years, and in 2015 it won the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management award. Since 2007, the central California installation has shaved its total energy consumption by 32 percent while expanding facility space by 12 percent. If the Army could duplicate that accomplishment across all of its installations, the service could save more than $300 million annually, according to the Department of Energy …

  • Leveraging Air Force’s Size Could Generate Further Energy Savings

    Leveraging Air Force’s Size Could Generate Further Energy Savings0

    The Air Force’s push to adopt renewable energy and find ways to conserve its electricity consumption has made a considerable dent in its facilities power bill, but the service still has the potential for further savings if it can figure out how to leverage its massive real estate portfolio. “I would say that at the Air Force, we’re still at the very beginning stages, at least in energy technologies, in leveraging our size and scale,” Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy, told the Los Angeles Times. “We still function as essentially independent little towns all across the country, and we have not yet really cracked the code on how to leverage that scale to drive down prices of these technologies for ourselves …

  • Smart Technology Drives Energy Security for Navy’s Washington-Area Facilities0

    The Navy is monitoring energy consumption and ensuring mission readiness at its Washington, D.C., area installations through a centralized data hub that relies on SmartGrid capabilities and advanced meters to collect real-time power consumption data down to the building level. Operators in the Shore Operations Center at the Washington Navy Yard monitor electricity and power usage on facilities connected to the SmartGrid, and can make changes over the cyber-secure network in response to a weather incident, natural or man-made disaster, or simply a resource drawing the wrong amount of power, reported Naval District Washington Public Affairs. In addition, each facility has a monitoring station, where all relevant data, including trouble-shooting information, is available to facility managers and key maintenance personnel …

  • Army Consolidation Effort Helps Reduce Cost of Carrying Excess Infrastructure0

    While the Defense Department continues to push for a new BRAC round as the most effective way to deal with excess infrastructure, the Army has begun consolidating personnel into its newest facilities and shuttering unused buildings to manage its surplus capacity. The Army has ordered garrison and senior mission commanders to develop installation reduction plans, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, told the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee last week. “The strategy for right-sizing within the installation means that we consolidate personnel into the best-quality buildings and we are able to shut down those buildings, which means you modify the temperature controls, you don’t have lights that you have to manage, and you put them pretty much in cold storage …