• 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 …

  • Cogeneration Plant to Save Millions for Aberdeen Proving Ground

    Cogeneration Plant to Save Millions for Aberdeen Proving Ground0

    Officials from the Army and other federal agencies this week celebrated the opening of a new combined heat and power plant at Aberdeen Proving Ground as an innovation in energy efficiency that will save the northeastern Maryland installation $25 million over the long term and reduce harmful emissions. The new plant, which won’t fully go on line until Sept. 1, replaces a waste-to-energy plant that produced steam by burning trash in an incinerator next to the proving ground’s Edgewood Area gate. The combined heat and power facility — also referred to as a cogeneration plant — produces steam from the waste heat that comes from a natural-gas-driven turbine used to generate electricity for the proving ground. The steam is then used to heat and cool buildings at Aberdeen …

  • Readiness Panel Directs GAO to Examine Savings Generated by Energy Efficiency Contracts0

    Due to questions as to whether energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) deliver the savings promised installations, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee directs the Government Accountability Office to review the projects’ effectiveness, according to report language included in its portion of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill. ESPCs, under which energy services companies finance infrastructure upgrades intended to reduce power consumption at defense facilities, have played a major role in helping installations conserve energy and shift their reliance to renewables …