• Report on Efforts to Slash High Installation Energy Costs Dropped from Compromise Bill0

    A requirement for DOD to assess efforts to achieve cost savings at military installations with high energy costs was stripped out of the final version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The language was part of the Senate version of the legislation, and would have required the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics to prepare the report with support from the assistant secretaries responsible for energy and installations, and the Defense Logistics Agency. The version passed by the House Armed Services Committee did not include a similar provision. Despite removing the language, House and Senate conferees addressed the issue in the joint explanatory statement accompanying the conference report. “The conferees encourage the assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment to include in the department’s Annual Energy Management Report an assessment of cost reduction efforts by military installations with high energy costs to include state and local partnership opportunities,” they stated.

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  • Conservation Measures at NAS Oceana to Save $6M Annually0

    A far-reaching energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for Naval Air Station Oceana, begun in 2002 and scheduled for completion in two years, is expected to save the Navy $6 million in annual energy costs. The project, led by Trane, is designed to trim energy consumption by more than 40 percent across more than 100 retrofitted buildings at the Virginia Beach installation, reported GreenBiz. The largest component of the effort has been decommissioning Oceana’s aging steam plant, which had deteriorated from corrosion. Developing an alternate power source drove significant energy savings …

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  • ‘Biggest Loser’ Campaign Spurring Energy Conservation at Overseas Navy Bases0

    The Navy is using a new automated tool to track its installations’ progress slashing energy consumption, improving efficiency and increasing their reliance on renewable energy sources. The Navy Shore Geospatial Energy Module (NSGEM) is an interactive web map that visually depicts monthly energy usage for each facility at every installation, reported Navy Installations Command. “NSGEM is very important because it provides an easy way for sailors to understand efficiency at commands across the Navy all the way down to the facility level,” said Sandrine Schultz, NIC’s energy program director. The tool also is central to the “Energy Biggest Loser” competition taking place across Navy installations in Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia …

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  • Milcon Panel Praises DOD’s Energy Initiatives0

    The Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee commends the Defense Department for its efforts to invest in renewable energy projects and energy security, improve the energy efficiency of its facilities and reduce its energy consumption, according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill. Those efforts, along with the department’s programs to enhance water conservation and to improve the security of installation energy sources, are critical components of DOD’s strategy to meet federal goals for reliance on renewable energy and resource conservation …

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  • Air Force Awards First DOD Contract under ESPC Program for Small Projects0

    The Air Force recently awarded an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to upgrade exterior lighting at Laughlin AFB, Texas, under an Energy Department program intended for small-scale energy conservation measures that can be installed in six months or less. The contract represents the first awarded by a DOD activity under the ESPC ENABLE program. “ESPC ENABLE was designed to help agencies that may have smaller buildings; facilities that are sometimes left out of the normal performance contracts,” said Kurmit Rockwell, ESPC manager at the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program …

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  • Fleet Changes Reduce Carbon Emissions at Fort Gordon0

    Officials at Fort Gordon, Ga., have been replacing the installation’s vehicle fleet with gas-powered hybrid, electric and ethanol-based vehicles in an attempt to conserve fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The post, located outside of Augusta, has reduced fossil fuel usage by 7 percent in the past three fiscal years by trimming gas-powered vehicles in their fleet by 18 percent since 2012, reported the Augusta Chronicle. A 2009 executive order requires a 2 percent annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a 30 percent decrease in petroleum-based vehicles in federal fleets by fiscal 2020 …

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