• 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 …

  • Marine Corps Installations West Establishes Guidelines for Energy Development

    Marine Corps Installations West Establishes Guidelines for Energy Development0

    A new policy letter from the commanding general of Marine Corps Installations West, Brig. Gen. Edward Banta, on renewable energy development outlines responsibilities for installations commanders, including evaluating renewable energy projects and taking into account current and future operations, training, technology and environmental impacts. “The policy letter renews the command’s commitment to the development of renewable energy but does so specifically with an eye toward the economic impact,” Steven Wolfe, facilities manager for MCI-West, told Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Public Affairs. “The new policies focus on lower costs of energy, reducing the overall bill on the installation, which in turn leads to more resources available for the training and deployment of our Marines …

  • 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 …

  • DOD Should Pursue More Holistic Energy Strategy, House Panel Says0

    While the Defense Department’s first priority in fulfilling its installation energy needs is ensuring it can carry out its mission, DOD has not fully integrated its aims to expand supply, trim demand, and adapt future forces and technology, the House Armed Services Committee says in its report accompanying the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill. “The committee is concerned that the initiatives being pursued by the department have not fully integrated these three pillars into a unified line of effort,” the report states. “The committee encourages the department to interpret and integrate its existing authorities to support a holistic approach, focusing on projects and initiatives that integrate efficiencies, generation, storage, and infrastructure modernization at military installations,” it states. The report notes that the department has a variety of available authorities to improve energy efficiency and acquire new plants, including third-party financing and securing appropriated dollars. The committee approved the annual defense policy bill April 28.

  • Air Force’s New Energy Office Signals Shift to Achieving Broader Objectives

    Air Force’s New Energy Office Signals Shift to Achieving Broader Objectives0

    The Air Force’s recent creation of an office dedicated to developing privately financed, large-scale clean energy projects marks a transition to a more comprehensive approach to meeting the service’s energy goals that balances the need for cleaner sources of energy, a competitive cost and energy resiliency, according to officials. “The core principles — resiliency, cost-competitive, and clean — will continue to characterize Air Force energy projects, but with an increased focus on meeting multiple objectives within single projects,” the service’s public affairs office stated in response to emailed questions. “In short, energy projects should move toward the ‘sweet spot,’ or meeting all three principles wherever possible …

  • Air Force, Army to Collaborate in Pursuit of Renewable Energy Development

    Air Force, Army to Collaborate in Pursuit of Renewable Energy Development0

    The Air Force and Army offices responsible for building a portfolio of large-scale renewable energy projects that leverage private sector financing entered into a formal partnership on Wednesday that will allow the two organizations to share resources. The memorandum of agreement — signed at a Pentagon ceremony by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, and Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy — calls for the offices to share support staff, business processes and best practices …