• 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 …

  • Georgia Marine Corps Base Aims for Net Zero Status

    Georgia Marine Corps Base Aims for Net Zero Status0

    Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany is on the cusp on becoming a net zero energy installation with the construction of a biomass plant at the southwestern Georgia installation expected to start this summer. The plant will be powered by timber remnants and peanut shells that would otherwise go to waste, allowing the base to rely 100 percent on renewable energy by 2017, reported the Albany Herald. At that point, the base would be the first net zero energy installation within the Navy Department. Pressurized steam created during the boiling process will be used by Procter & Gamble to produce paper products …

  • Army Official Makes Case for Dedicated Funding Stream for Energy Security Projects

    Army Official Makes Case for Dedicated Funding Stream for Energy Security Projects0

    Congressional appropriations are needed to fund projects aimed at enhancing an installation’s energy security that cannot be justified on the basis of energy efficiency savings, Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability, said during a briefing last week for Senate staff. “There is no budgetary mechanism that allows us to actually go out and do a cost-benefit analysis and buy that energy security,” Kidd said, reported the Army News Service. “Energy security does not fit into traditional cost-benefit analysis as applied to efficiency projects. We are including energy security as part of … other projects …

  • Pennsylvania Army Depot Undergoing Makeover0

    Tobyhanna Army Depot in northeastern Pennsylvania is in the midst of a $105 million renovation designed to modernize aging buildings and updating workspaces for the digital age. With weapons less reliant on solid state components and other hardware, one aim of the makeover is outfitting the depot to better accommodate programmers and computer technicians. “Electronics technology is evolving fast and it means adding new lines of business to our mission,” depot spokesman Ed Mickley told the Times-Tribune. “More of what we are doing requires upgrades in the same way a computer gets upgraded.” The bulk of the renovation projects will provide the depot’s 3,100 workers better facilities, including more efficient, lighting, heating and cooling. Some facilities date to the World War II era. The effort also includes a new visitor control center and the demolition of housing units that already had been replaced. The initiative is scheduled for completion in 2017.

  • ‘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 …