• Commission Recommends Consolidation of Army Schools, Other Facilities0

    The Army should carry out a comprehensive review of its school system with the aim of identifying opportunities to consolidate underused capacity, the National Commission on the Future of the Army recommended in the final report it released last week. Army schools include institutions under Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), as well as National Guard regional training institutes and other schools. The service has been implementing its One Army School System to make more efficient use of all schools across all three components. During its site visits to training facilities for each of the Army components, the commission “encountered an alarming number of incidents of underutilized training facilities and inefficient choices in training dollars spent …

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  • DOD’s Path to Net Zero Remains Hazy, GAO Finds0

    Fully achieving net zero status at DOD installations — reducing the consumption of energy, water and waste resources to an effective rate of zero — is unrealistic and ultimately cost prohibitive, service officials told the Government Accountability Office (GAO), according to a new report from the congressional watchdog agency. The department has not fully identified the potential costs of implementing net zero initiatives, the agency found. The only spending dedicated to net zero initiatives involved studies to establish baselines and assess the feasibility and costs of net zero at various installations. The Army reported spending $14.2 million on net zero studies from fiscal 2011-2013; the Navy reported spending about $2.6 million on studies; and the Air Force spent almost $80,000 on an implementation plan in 2012 …

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  • Energy Management System Generates Major Savings for Eglin AFB0

    The 96th Civil Engineer Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has received a 2015 energy and water conservation award from the Energy Department for integrating its energy management control system (EMCS) with real-time pricing to maximize energy savings by slashing energy consumption and lowering utility costs. The project combined direct digital controls, facility meters and comprehensive energy analyses, saving 181 billion British thermal units of electricity and natural gas across 131 buildings valued at $3.4 million, reported Eglin AFB Public Affairs. The effort has a two-year payback, and is projected to yield significant savings for Eglin well into the future …

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  • Navy Decommissions Last Coal-Fired Power Plant0

    The Navy decommissioned its last coal-fired power plant during a ceremony Friday at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head, Md., featuring Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, as guest speaker. At the ceremony’s conclusion, McGinn and Rear Adm. Kate Gregory — commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and chief of civil engineers — placed a lock on the entrance of the Goddard Power Plant gate, ending nearly 60 years of supplying electricity and steam. The plant, which sits on the bank of the Potomac River, is scheduled to be demolished next year …

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  • Energy Improvements at Ft. Hamilton to Include Solar Installation0

    Fort Hamilton, a National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn, will receive solar photovoltaic, water conservation and energy efficiency upgrades under a $16.7 million energy savings performance contract with Ameresco. The combined energy conservation measures are designed to reduce the total energy consumption at the post by 37 percent. The firm will install a 350-kilowatt rooftop solar system and three solar carports exceeding a combined 800 kilowatts as part of the contract, which will address 32 buildings spanning 580,000 gross square feet. In addition, Ameresco will implement nine energy conservation measures, including the installation of new high-efficiency natural gas condensing boilers for heating and associated equipment …

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  • Officials Unveil Geothermal Energy System at MLCB Albany0

    Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., for a cold borehole thermal energy storage (BTES) system that will heat and cool the headquarters for the Corps’ Logistics Command. The BTES system, the first such system to be installed in the United States, will generate about a 30 percent savings from the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, according to computer modeling. The $4.9 million geothermal project currently is running 52 percent below the energy consumption from last year, reported the Albany Herald. The system has 300 boreholes drilled more than 200 feet into the ground that are connected to the HVAC system in the headquarters building allowing cold water to be stored underground during the milder fall, winter and spring months …

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