• Evolving Energy Industry Creates New Opportunities for Securing Power to Army Installations1

    In the past couple of years, energy resilience has become a watchword for the military services as they adjust their focus from adopting renewables to reducing their installations’ vulnerability to disruptions in the electrical grid. Shaping the Army’s approach to enhancing resiliency are recent trends in energy production, distribution and economics that are creating more opportunities for installations to use a distributed generation approach to help reduce supply chain vulnerability, Michael McGhee, executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, told Defense Communities 360. Since its predecessor organization was created in 2011, OEI has pursued the development of large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects on Army installations. The service’s emphasis on resilience favors new projects which deploy resources that are behind an installation’s fence line and provide an islanding capability …

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  • 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 …

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  • Air Force Considers Use of Single Vendor to Build, Manage Smart Energy Infrastructure

    Air Force Considers Use of Single Vendor to Build, Manage Smart Energy Infrastructure0

    The Air Force is contemplating the use of a single provider to support its push to achieve energy resiliency, a strategy that would allow it to avoid the arduous efforts now required to launch any one renewable energy project. Under an “energy-as-a-service” approach, the Air Force’s service provider would be responsible for combining the various procurement tools — including enhanced use leasing and energy savings performance contracts — officials currently rely on to develop renewable energy sources or build a microgrid. “It’s very piecemeal right now,” said Mark Correll, deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and infrastructure …

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  • Military Projects Featured at White House Summit on Energy Storage

    Military Projects Featured at White House Summit on Energy Storage0

    The White House last week announced a series of executive actions, along with state and private sector commitments, to scale up microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy throughout the nation. The actions covered by the announcement, which included a handful of projects on military bases, are expected to result in at least 1.3 gigawatts of additional storage procurement or deployment in the next five years. The White House released the list of initiatives in conjunction with a summit it hosted on energy storage and microgrids that drew energy developers, power companies, municipalities and regulators. Military projects intended to enhance energy resiliency by increasing storage and microgrid capacity include: a new 50-100 megawatt grid-scale battery project that will be developed by a third-party at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif. …

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  • Air Force Solicits Industry to Identify Energy Resilient Technologies0

    The Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency are interested in hearing from energy developers about their ideas for creating resilient energy systems, covering energy generation, storage and microgrid controls technologies, and approaches requiring the integration of existing authorities for privately financing federal energy projects. The request for information, released last week, is one of the first steps in the Air Force’s plan to use Beale Air Force Base in northern California as a demonstration site to develop and deploy energy resilient technologies that can be deployed to other missions and installations across the service …

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  • Air Force to Use Beale AFB to Test Energy Resilient Technologies0

    The Air Force plans to use Beale AFB in northern California as a demonstration site to develop and deploy energy resilient technologies that can be deployed to other missions and installations across the service. On Tuesday, the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative team — composed of representatives from the Air Force and the Department of Energy’s national labs, and other outside experts — will meet with mission commanders at Beale and evaluate opportunities for energy projects. The team then will develop a plan to provide resilient, cost-effective, cleaner power to the installation, and begin implementing that plan by the end of the year …

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